Among his other achievements, Tyler Perry can be credited for helping create room at the multiplex for Christian-themed, African-American-targeted melodramas. Just as Judd Apatow has made the R-rated comedy fashionable (and profitable) again, Perry has reminded distributors that there's a market for tame, moderately enjoyable message films.

Not Easily Broken is the latest movie to benefit from Perry's track record. Granted, its director, Bill Duke (also a recognizable actor), has been at this since before anyone knew who Perry was -- but I doubt Not Easily Broken would be opening on 800 screens if it weren't for the success of tonally similar films like Meet the Browns and The Family That Preys. The chief difference between Duke and Perry seems to be that while Perry's films idolize women and make most of the men out to be villains, Not Easily Broken looks at the current state of black American malehood and gently urges men to be better.

The title comes from a minister's assertion, in the wedding scene that opens the film, that while a regular marriage can be disrupted by worldly influences, a marriage that includes God as a third partner (not like THAT, you sickos) can withstand almost anything. That's eventually the main point of the movie, too, though it's supplemented by other good points that are less religious in nature.