Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Crude, tired jokes and drug use weigh down Madea sequel.
  • PG-13
  • 2017
  • 101 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

A few central messages about family: Parents should listen to their instincts about whether their children are ready for more independence and freedom. Divorced parents must work together to co-parent their children, so their kids don't play one parent off the other. Kids shouldn't lie to their parents about where they'll be or who they'll be with, because they could end up in unsafe situations. And people shouldn't pressure their risk-averse friends into doing things.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Brian is an attentive, caring father who wants to protect Tiffany and her brother. Gabriella's father, Victor, is also an involved father who's not ready to cut the parental strings. Gabby doesn't want to lie, drink, or flirt; she's the voice of reason but is swayed by Tiffany, who isn't a positive role model in this film. She's selfish and irresponsible. Madea has her flaws, but she ends up doing whatever it takes to help the younger generation in her family.

Violence

Scary chainsaw-wielding men and bloody-faced twins terrorize a Halloween party. It's presumed that people are being hurt or even killed, but the camera cuts away, so you only hear screams. Characters fall as they attempt to run away. Spoiler: It turns out that while people were terrified, no one was actually hurt.

Sex

Suggestive comments and innuendo. As in the previous movie, frat guys flirt with and proposition a brand-new 18-year-old girl (and her 17-year-old best friends). Couples dance and touch, and one even implies that they plan to hook up, but nothing happens. A wild Halloween party is filled with women in skimpy costumes. Joe is constantly making sexual comments -- about being a pimp, about his deceased wife being a dedicated "ho," how he was nicknamed NATO as a pimp (because his "hos" were of all races and ethnicities), etc. He makes crude comments about his virility and genitalia and even propositions his granddaughter's friend, until she tells him she's 17.

Language

Strong language includes "s--t," "damn," "ass," "bull crap," "hell," "piss," and "bitch." Insults include "ragged ass," "bitch ass," "shut the hell up." One character, an elderly African-American man, says the "N" word once. Other potentially offensive terms: "p---y [pause] cat," "ho," "mule" (in reference to penis size), "buice" (bitch + juice), "pimp" as a verb and noun, "nuts," "balls," "scrotum," etc.

Consumerism

Volvo, Cadillac, Mini Cooper.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Underage teens drink with college students (some of whom are presumably also under 21) at a fraternity's unsanctioned Halloween party. Joe smokes a joint in a couple of scenes and seems eager to find the college party -- for the drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is the 10th Tyler Perry Madea film and a sequel to 2016's Boo! A Madea Halloween. Like that movie, this film revolves around Madea and her elderly squad of relatives having to protect her grandniece Tiffany. But this one is a little edgier than its predecessor. Most of the movie takes place at a fraternity's haunted Halloween party, which takes place at a spooky campground where it seems a family of crazed murderers is on the loose. Madea and her fellow retirees often bicker, curse, and -- in the case of her brother Joe -- make nonstop sexual innuendos/jokes (he claims to have been a successful pimp and even propositions his granddaughter's friend, albeit in a humorous way). The language is occasionally salty ("s--t," "bitch," "ass"), although it's more often along the lines of "damn," "shut the hell up," and "bull crap." Underage characters drink, and Joe loves to talk about his devotion to weed (and he smokes a joint). Despite the scares, substance use, and moderately raunchy humor, the movie does have positive messages about parent-teen and intergenerational relationships.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byL.A. D. October 20, 2017

Misses every mark.

Not funny at all, but it was scary. Almost walked out. Portrays teenage girls as unsympathetic, unlikable, lacking in intelligence, and void of self-respect. Un... Continue reading
Parent Written byJohn K. October 23, 2017

Not for kids or teens for that matter.

Verbiage treats drugs and sex as casual and common. The language is VERY sex heavy. Has some funny parts, but just be aware this is not for kids AT ALL. Also th... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byPruLyn December 29, 2017

Uninteresting, few "jumpscares".

Me and my grandma thought it would be a good idea to see a new Madea Movie because it was suppose to be "funny". I can't express how nonsensical... Continue reading

What's the story?

BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN is a sequel to 2016's Boo! A Madea Halloween, set one year later. It's Oct. 30, and Tiffany (Diamond White), who's just turned 18, gets headphones from dad Brian (Tyler Perry) ... and a brand-new Mini Cooper from mom Deborah (Taja V. Simpson) and her stepdad. The first thing Tiffany does is secure an invite to the local college fraternity's annual Halloween party (the same party she got in trouble for attending in the original). This time, however, the party is set to take place at Lake Derrick, an eerie campground where a man allegedly killed his entire family. Tiffany convinces her mom to let her go to the party with best friends Gabriella (Inanna Sarkis) and Leah (Lexy Panterra), but Madea (Perry) knows it's a bad idea and drags Joe (also Perry), Bam (Cassi Davis), and Hattie (Patrice Lovely) along to spy on and protect Tiffany. Then, at the party, young people start disappearing, courtesy of a chainsaw-wielding madman and a pair of creepy twins...

Is it any good?

Even devoted Madea fans who know what they're getting into may end up disappointed by this unnecessary sequel to Perry's first Halloween-themed comedy. While a few moments elicit laughs, and some of the jokes land the first time they're told, several of the running gags fall flat. And Uncle Joe's constant crude references to his storied career as a pimp are cringe-worthy, particularly when he tries to flirt with his granddaughter's teenage friend. The tired scares are all borrowed from various other horror movies, but at least the carnage seems to take place off-camera (for a reason that's revealed late in the movie).

The worst part of the movie is how unlikable Tiffany is -- although she does manage to redeem herself slightly. She's selfish and ungrateful, she lies, she peer-pressures her best friend, and she cares more about hooking up with a dimwit frat guy than staying safe. Madea isn't as over-the-top here as she's been in previous movies, and she shares the spotlight with Joe, Bam, and Hattie -- all of whom have a chance to show off their comedy skills throughout the movie. Unfortunately, the humor is limited to themes like urinary incontinence, sexual conquests, and fat jokes. Perhaps it's time for Madea to retire -- or at least return to form.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Madea movies continue to be so popular. What is Perry's signature character's appeal? How does Boo 2! A Madea Halloween compare to other Madea movies?

  • How is substance use portrayed in the movie? Is Joe's love of marijuana/drugs in general appropriate for a movie with teen appeal? What message does his devotion to weed send?

  • Who are the role models in the movie? What are their character strengths?

  • Talk about the way Tiffany pressures Gabby to do what she wants, even though Gabby regularly protests. Do you think Tiffany is a good friend? What about Gabby? How would you handle things if you were Tiffany or Gabby?

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