Terry McMillan’s book A Day Late and a Dollar Short, is the latest of her novels to be turned into a movie, this time for Lifetime.
The film, premiering Saturday at 8 p.m. EST, stars Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Kimberly Elise, Anika Noni Rose, Tichina Arnold and Whoopi Goldberg as the ailing Price family matriarch.
A Day Late and a Dollar Short is the fourth book of Terry’s to be turned into a movie. It joins Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Disappearing Acts, which aired on HBO, on the short, yet significant list. However this film has a different message than any of the others.
“Family is important,” Terry told Sister 2 Sister, explaining the film’s theme. “Though we have differences, we have to learn to respect each other for them. We all have our own idiosyncrasies, issues and problems. It all boils down to respect.”
In the film, Whoopi’s character races against the clock to heal her family and bring her children and their father together.
“When you lose a parent in particular, it can in some cases bring the family closer together or tear it apart,” Terry said.
A lot of Black films receive criticism for perpetuating negative stereotypes, and though the book-turned-movie features a single mom with no man, two struggling marriages, an unemployed father with a strained relationship with his young son and plenty of sibling rivalry, Terry said it’s a relatable human story that has stood the test of time. “I don’t see it as stereotypical,” she said.
“I think there’s room for all kinds of stories out here. People complain no matter what you do. This story was written a while ago, and it still holds true,” she said.
She might be a tad biased, but Terry said the fictional Price family of the film is one she thinks viewers will like as much as she does.
“I like the characters, not because I wrote them,” she said. “I just like the dynamics that happens between these characters. I think it’s honest.”
Get a clip of A Day Late and a Dollar Short below.
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