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.
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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.
(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