Genres: Comedy, Drama and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 46 min.
Release Date: April 22nd, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for drug content, language and some mature thematic material.
Distributors: Lionsgate, The Tyler Perry Company
Director: Tyler Perry
JJ Rating: B+
See it again: Sure.
Own it: No.
Recommend it to: those that enjoyed any of his films. It’s worth it.
Worth seeing in NYC: Yes , if one loves his films. No if they don’t.
Medea for sure
A few moments like the Church scenes, but I got over it
Medea (Tyler perry) straightens out a mother’s children before the mother goes. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family
One must remember that his films are exaggerated for simplification and humor just to make a point. If you don’t think about how it’s exaggerated, you’ll get too wrapped up in how it’s insulting or over generalizing. It’s neither. It’s almost as if they are silly adaptations of Aesop’s Fables for black people and anyone else that enjoys his humor.
Every time he releases a movie, I feel the want to see it, for the most part, because he pulled himself up by his own means, made films he knew people would enjoy despite the negative and stupid people of many studios. And retarded critics.
A few times in my life I have been terribly wrong, like this past week when I made an idiotic driver move and pulled out in front of a car that was turning into a driveway. The truck had taken a wide turn and I assumed they were pulling over…wrong. And even though they should have put on their signal to show what they were doing, I shouldn’t have been in such a hurry in the first place. That was way beyond my bad. I wanted to say sorry, but by the time I returned, they were gone. And another time is me saying (as I recall one summer) that Tyler Perry putting his name in front of his movies was pretentious. I was adamant about it. One of the few times I’m wrong about someone’s intentions. I was very wrong about that one. Overstepped the mark. He is proud to have his movies out through his own blood, sweat and tears…so of course he’d put his name on it. That way people can grasp what they’re getting into via branding. Smart, to say the least.
The characters are fantastic. I love everyone, even the annoying ones. Great lines. Great obnoxious moments that are funny enough to repeat to annoy other people or make into one great ringtone. No Oscars here, but who needs that award when you’re making a great fun film. It’s fun. It deals with things people deal with in a manner that hopefully teaches something to those watching it. I got nothing out of it but entertainment because all the teaching moments I already knew. However, it’s good to be reminded that getting along with one’s siblings is more for the parents, at times, than for yourself. It just goes back to think of others before yourself. Giving is, after all, better than receiving.
The film runs the emotional gauntlet. So much going on in every scene from happy, to sad, to angry, to frustrated, to totally distraught and unprepared. It’s great to feel so much while watching a movie other than disgust for the pathetic nature of the storyline or lack of humor because they’d rather have graphic sexual thoughts than funny. That’s the one thing I love about Tyler Perry films. They are not squeaky clean, but they are far from dirty that they can be enjoyable by most anyone no matter if they’re not black. I’m not black and I love them. I love watching his films at the theater because the talking that happens (at times) is hilarious as the film it self.
The entire cast complements one another. No matter how annoying the character is or how they’re barely in the film. Perry finds a way to make everyone’s connection help the story along with humor and heart. He’s gifted no matter what they say about him and the fact that many people who are in the industry fail to see that, shows their lack of knowing what’s good. And of course, the films that they produce show that as well.
The interaction between Joe and Madea is as good as ever. The standout is the kitchen whispering scene. Wonderfully executed and one of my favorite moments.
Loretta Devine has a voice of sweetness. So at the end with the credits her outtakes are great, especially one about dying. She sweetly speaks about death that would sound horrible coming from anyone else.
Madea is an anti-hero. She doesn’t take heroic means to do things, but her deeds are heroic in themselves. She saves people in her gruff manner. It’s the kind of hero people love to see, because people know what’s wrong and right, but don’t have the Madea inside of them to stand up and speak out. She does it for them. I figure that’s why she’s so loved. That’s one of the reasons I love her.
If only Tyler Perry read my words. I like when people feel appreciated. I appreciate him. A lot. Thanks, Tyler Perry for your hard work. It does pay off in dollars and fans.
I write like: Chuck Palahniuk