DELIVER US FROM EVA

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Release Date: February 07, 2003

Starring: LL Cool J, Gabrielle Union,
Duane Martin, Essence Atkins,
Roibinne Lee, Megan Good, and
Mel Jackson

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers and
adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder DELIVER US FROM EVA is
a modern urban version of
William Shakespeare's THE
TAMING OF THE SHREW. Though
often witty, it is also often
quite crude. In the story,
three black men, two of whom
are married and one of whom is
engaged, plot to free
themselves from their
unattached and omnipresent
sister-in-law, Eva, played by
Gabrielle Union. Eva has a
sweet face, but her steely
disposition can turn a
once-confident man into a
basket case. Eva, who leads
the choir in her church with
fierce determination and is a
force to be reckoned with in
her job as a health inspector,
keeps interfering with the
lives of her three sisters and
the men who love them. Ever
since their parents died when
she was 18, Eva has had to
take care of her sisters. It
has become such a habit that
she can't stop doing it. Tim,
Mike and Darrell decide to set
up Eva with cash-strapped
ladies' man Ray Adams, played
by rap artist LL Cool J. They
hope Ray can distract Eva from
meddling in her sisters'
lives. They also want to close
out and divide up the family
trust fund that Eva oversees.
Sparks fly between Ray and
Eva, but the plan goes awry,
leading to surprising
consequences and funny
complications. DELIVER US FROM
EVA is a well-produced
romantic comedy. The two leads
do a good job of portraying
their characters. In the end,
Ray softens Eva's harder
edges, but Eva's Christian
principles transform Ray into
a better man, and a more
suitable mate. Thus, there is
a Christian worldview going on
between the lines of this
movie, which, however, also
includes many obscenities and
profanities (but no "f" words)
and many vulgar sexual
references in the dialogue.
Consequently, the worldview of
this movie may be Christian,
but it also takes an
antinomian, or lawless,
position on crude language and
pre-marital sex. In this
respect, it is interesting to
note that the pastor of Eva's
church is a woman. Be that as
it may, audiences should
approach DELIVER US FROM EVA
with extreme caution because
of its R-rated content. Please
address your comments
to: David Linde and James
Schamus Co-President Focus
Features 100 North Crescent
Drive, Garden Level Beverly
Hills, CA 90210 Phone: (310)
385-4000 Fax: (310)
385-4408 Website:
www.focusfeatures.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 110 minutes

Distributor: Focus Features/Universal

Director: Gary Hardwick

Executive Producer:

Producer: Len Amato and Paddy
Cullen EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Paula Weinstein and Barry
Levinson

Writer: James Iver Mattson, B. E.
Brauner and Gary Hardwick

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Content:

(C, FR, Ho, LLL, V, S, N, A, D, M) Liberal Christian worldview favoring marriage, kindness and responsibility but with antinomian aspects, especially regarding vulgar language and premarital sex with male hair dresser pretending to be homosexual used for comic relief; about 58 obscenities, one strong profanity, 18 light profanities, and sexual references; woman punches man and kidnapping victim is restrained; implied fornication and sexual references; upper male nudity and partial rear nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, lying, betting, kidnapping, and tattoo.

GENRE: Romantic Comedy

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Summary:

DELIVER US FROM EVA is a modern urban version of William Shakespeare's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, where a ladies' man tries to soften the sharp edges of a beautiful woman meddling in the lives of her sisters and their men. The movie's Christian worldview is spoiled by plenty of foul language and vulgar sexual references.

Review:

DELIVER US FROM EVA is a modern urban version of William Shakespeare's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. Though often witty, it is also often quite crude.

In the story, three black men, two of whom are married and one of whom is engaged, plot to free themselves from their unattached and omnipresent sister-in-law, Eva, played by Gabrielle Union. Eva has a sweet face, but her steely disposition can turn a once-confident man into a basket case. Eva, who leads the choir in her church with fierce determination and is a force to be reckoned with in her job as a health inspector, keeps interfering with the lives of her three sisters and the men who love them. Ever since their parents died when she was 18, Eva has had to take care of her sisters. It has become such a habit that she can't stop doing it.

Tim, Mike and Darrell decide to set up Eva with cash-strapped ladies' man Ray Adams, played by rap artist LL Cool J. They hope Ray can distract Eva from meddling in her sisters' lives. They also want to close out and divide up the family trust fund that Eva oversees. Sparks fly between Ray and Eva, but the plan goes awry, leading to surprising consequences and funny complications.

DELIVER US FROM EVA is a well-produced romantic comedy. The two leads do a good job of portraying their characters. In the end, Ray softens Eva's harder edges, but Eva's Christian principles transform Ray into a better man, and a more suitable mate. Thus, there is a Christian worldview going on between the lines of this movie, which, however, also includes many obscenities and profanities (but no "f" words) and many vulgar sexual references in the dialogue. Consequently, the worldview of this movie may be Christian, but it also takes an antinomian, or lawless, position on crude language and pre-marital sex. In this respect, it is interesting to note that the pastor of Eva's church is a woman.

Be that as it may, audiences should approach DELIVER US FROM EVA with extreme caution because of its R-rated content.

Please address your comments to:

David Linde and James Schamus

Co-President

Focus Features

100 North Crescent Drive, Garden Level

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Phone: (310) 385-4000

Fax: (310) 385-4408

Website: www.focusfeatures.com

SUMMARY: DELIVER US FROM EVA is a modern urban version of William Shakespeare's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, where a ladies' man tries to soften the sharp edges of a beautiful woman meddling in the lives of her sisters and their men. The movie's Christian worldview is spoiled by plenty of foul language and vulgar sexual references.

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