Not Easily Broken
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Not Easily Broken is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Bill Duke. The film is written by Brian Bird based on T. D. Jakes 2006 novel of the same name.Stars Taraji P. Henson and Morris Chestnut


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Dave and Clarice Johnson have reached a breaking point in their marriage. When Clarice is injured in a car accident, her mother Mary intervenes. The obvious truth that more than just her injuries need immediate attention is exposed. Clarice begins to be treated by Julie, a physical therapist. Dave develops a friendship with Julie and her teenage son Bryson. The acceptance and comfort Dave finds in the two stirs his longing for a family and a passionate partner. When Bryson unexpectedly dies in a swimming accident, Dave and Julie s relationship grows closer as Clarice pulls farther away. Dave and Clarice must confront whether their marriage vows are or are not easily broken. Dave later visits Julie after she calls him, and he comforts her in her grief. They begin to kiss, but Dave realizes it is Clarice he truly wants. The couple reunites once Clarice expresses to him the reasons for her mother having such a big input in their marriage. They reunite and Dave finds out that Clarice is pregnant.


  • Morris Chestnut as Dave Johnson
  • Taraji P. Henson as Clarice Clark-Johnson
  • Maeve Quinlan as Julie Sawyer
  • Kevin Hart as Tree
  • Wood Harris as Darnell Gooden
  • Eddie Cibrian as Brock Houseman
  • Jenifer Lewis as Mary Mama Clark
  • Niecy Nash as Michelle
  • Cannon Jay as Bryson Sawyer
  • Albert Hall as Bishop Wilkes
  • Henry Brown Jr. as Mr. Reid
  • T. D. Jakes as Allen


At the Black Reel Awards, Bill Duke was nominated for Best Director, and Brian Bird was nominated for Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted.

Taraji P. Henson won Best Actress at the BET Awards for her role in the film combined with two other performances in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and The Family That Preys.

Albert Hall won the Grace Award for Movies at the 2010 Movieguide Awards.


The film has received mainly mixed reviews from critics. As of June 2020, Rotten Tomatoes reports a 31% approval rating, based on 68 reviews with an average of 4.65/10. The website s critics consensus reads: Though well-intentioned, Not Easily Broken is bogged down by melodramatic plotting and stereotypical characters . Another review aggregator, Metacritic, gave the film a 43/100 approval rating based on 18 reviews.

Box office performance

On its opening weekend, it opened #9 with $5,600,000 in 724 theaters with an $7,735 average. In total it made a domestic gross of $10,572,742.

Year 2009
ReleaseDate 2009-01-09
RuntimeMins 99
RuntimeStr 1h 39min
Plot A car accident and shifting affections test the bond between a married couple.
Awards Awards, 1 win & 3 nominations
Directors Bill Duke
Writers Brian Bird, T.D. Jakes
Stars Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson, Maeve Quinlan
Produced by Brian Bird,Steven Brown,Morris Chestnut,Bill Duke,T.D. Jakes,Aaron Norris,Curtis Wallace
Music by Kurt Farquhar
Cinematography by Geary McLeod
Film Editing by Josh Rifkin
Casting By Michelle Adams,Kimberly Hardin
Production Design by Cecil Gentry
Art Direction by Craig Pavilionis
Costume Design by Diane Bunch
Makeup Department Barbara Augustus,Germicka Barclay,Rebecca DeHerrera,Angela Gurule,Mark Sanchez
Production Management Vickie M. Hsieh,Nick Phillips,Bill Wohlken
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Rachel Dickson,Stephen Harrison
Art Department James J. Burke,Monique Cavin,Eric Hill,E. Colleen Saro
Sound Department Larry Hopkins,Devin Joseph,David Mann,Kyle Rochlin,R. Russell Smith,Mark Steinbeck,Ben Wienert,Gary Raymond
Special Effects by Larry Fioritto
Visual Effects by Regan Copeland,Meliza Fermin,Diego Galtieri,Curt Miller,Scott Ramsey
Stunts Louis C. Simon,April Weeden
Camera and Electrical Department Mario Casarez,Peter Chrimes,Carlos de Varona,Ian Dodd,Billy Gunn,Chris W. Johnson,Hiro Kakuhari,Michael Lambert,Ron Phillips,Bryce Shields,Nobu Tashiro,Taj J. Teffaha
Casting Department Brandi S. Hawkins,Cecile del Rosario,Cicero Salmon III,Karen Wood
Costume and Wardrobe Department Frank Alexander,Darek Beeman,Rebecca M. Graves,Patricia McLaughlin
Editorial Department Joi McMillon,Bill Schultz,Walter Volpatto
Location Management Rob Gibson,Pavel Sterba
Music Department Alison Ball,Lisa Kehaulani Cho,Brendan Dekora,Jerome Leroy,David Lombard,Philippe Saisse,Rahni Song,Chris The Glove Taylor,Joshua Winget,Rick Winquest
Transportation Department David Marder
Additional Crew Anna Belaro-Rodriguez,Janice Clark,Lisa Darden,Bryan Davis,Sierra Donley,Julie Fay,Katherine Grace,De Leon Howard III,Jeffrey Ryan Kent,Paul Lavoie,David Linck,Aimee McDaniel,Joshua Polite,Arian Simone Reed,Rhonda Reznick,Beverly Robinson,Susie Schelling,Mitch Spacone,Chloe Spencer,Sophia Tapia,Andrew Will,Merik Woodmansee,Joe Zappia
Thanks Jeffrey Ryan Kent,Ryan Martin,Barry McPherson,Michelle Revere
Genres Drama, Romance
Companies Screen Gems, T.D. Jakes Ministries
Countries USA
Languages English
ContentRating PG-13
ImDbRating 6
ImDbRatingVotes 3020
MetacriticRating 43
Keywords handyman,female realtor,car accident,physical therapist,physical therapy