Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral

Movie review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Madea says goodbye in winning but dirty slapstick comedy.
  • PG-13
  • 2019
  • 102 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Messages are mixed. Madea affirms importance of family ("Family is all you got, even if you can't stand 'em"), respect, honesty. But characters also leer at women, talk about pimps and hos, joke about drinking, drugs, and violence toward women. Madea even tells another woman that she's particularly worthy of kind treatment because she's attractive, actually saying that "ugly women" have to put up with more. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Madea doesn't mock or defame women in general, but she does mock many individual people in particular. Heathrow and Joe are both (elderly) womanizers; Joe reminisces about his days as a pimp with "hos running in and out" and has plenty to say about women's body parts. Heathrow uses a wheelchair, and the movie jokes about how he lost his legs and his larynx (diabetes complications and smoking) but doesn't make fun of disabled people. Most other characters are stereotypes; with so many in the ensemble, it's tough to get more than one note. 

Violence

Violence is cartoonish and played for laughs (e.g., Madea slaps people in the face twice during a tense conversation), but certain jokes may make some uneasy: "Only time I punch a bitch is when she say something I don't like!" says Joe. A man pushes a woman during an argument. A police officer is borderline abusive during a traffic stop; the people in the car fear getting shot. A dead man (clearly a live actor) is shown repeatedly. A man forcefully kisses a woman as she protests.

Sex

Characters are shown in bed in their underwear, kissing; two extramarital affairs drive much of the story. Viewers hear moans, slaps during what sounds like bondage-style encounter; later, a woman in shiny black corset is seen. Many jokes refer to "hos," either as a (playful) insult for women or referring to actual sex workers. A wife makes a powerful speech explaining why she tolerated her husband's infidelity. A rude joke involves a dead man having erections in his casket. 

Language

Language is fairly frequent and includes uses of "ass," "hell," "bitch" (often used as a synonym for "woman"), "son of a bitch," "goddamn," "piss," "hump," "screw," and "ho." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink frequently and joke about drinking to excess: "I got to get my drunk on!" says one. Viewers never see anyone smoking pot, but there are lots of jokes about "weed," "good-good," "blunts," and so on. One character has had his larynx removed after smoking two packs a day for decades. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral is supposedly the final entry in the long-running Madea series created by and starring Tyler Perry. There's plenty of iffy stuff, but there are also well-intentioned messages about the importance of family, respect, and honesty. Most of the mature content is in the form of jokes: about marijuana, about "pimps" and "hos," about violence toward women ("Only time I punch a bitch is when she say something I don't like!" says one male character), about whether an angry-seeming white cop is going to shoot a car full of seniors, and so on. Two elderly male characters (both played by Perry) leer at women, making remarks about the women's attractiveness (and their backsides). At one point, one tells an attractive woman that she's more deserving of kind treatment than an "ugly woman." Characters are shown in bed kissing in their underwear and heard having a riotous bondage-style encounter; a woman is later shown in a black corset. Men are frequently shown shirtless. A man pushes a woman during an argument, and a dead man is shown repeatedly. Madea repeatedly slaps others in the face, at one point knocking someone's dentures loose. A wife tolerates her husband's infidelity for decades and finally explains why in a powerful, relatable speech. Characters drink and refer to smoking; one has had his larynx removed, which family members blame on his smoking. Language is frequent: "ass," "hell," "bitch"," "goddamn," etc.

 

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Parent of a 11 and 18+-year-old Written by2goodcomix March 21, 2019

THE EPIC CONCLUSION TO THE MADEA SERIES 100/10

IT IS THE BEST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN GO SEE IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... Continue reading
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byHeatherjkirk April 16, 2019

Dirtiest Madea

A lot of sexual situations. Bondage, erections, dirty humor. Worst part was the death during sex and the old woman shown briefly giving the corpse “mouth to mou... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bytwentynineteen March 23, 2019

iffy

A good movie with a good storyline but full of sexual jabs and weed references.Frequent foul language and doesn’t set a good role model. I wouldn’t suggest watc... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 17, 2019

The most inappropriate Madea movie

Out of the few Madea movies I’ve seen it’s the most inappropriate. I was at my grandma’s house and she had not seen this one yet so she checked the rating and d... Continue reading

What's the story?

Tough-talking grandma Madea returns for A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL, which creator/star Tyler Perry has said will be his last Madea movie. This time, Madea (Perry), her brothers Joe and Heathrow (also Perry), and a giant cast of family and friends are getting together to pay respects to a recently departed family member. But when secrets threaten to tear the family apart, Madea has to do what she does best: straighten out the misguided and the ignorant and celebrate (and mock) everyone else. 

Is it any good?

Fans of Perry's long-running Madea series will be happy to know that his alter ego acquits herself nobly in what may be her final outing. Madea visits a new branch of the family this time, but a few of her loved ones follow, most notably the retirement home Greek chorus Auntie Bam (Cassi Davis), Hattie (Patrice Lovely), and Joe. Half the movie is just an excuse to get these four sitting together and talking -- and they're so funny that you won't mind. Like most Perry/Madea movies, Funeral is a straightforward morality tale: A cheating husband dies in the midst of a hotel room hookup, while his son and his other son's fiancee are coincidentally doing their own illicit thing in the room next door. For the rest of the movie, Madea, Hattie, Bam, and Joe are trying to keep a lid on this information, all while telling what they know while younger characters dismiss them as doddering old fools. 

The story's dueling sex scandals play out in a series of comic setpieces: Madea's son Brian (also played by Perry) gets pulled over by an angry white cop while the senior quartet urges him to take off. Madea throws an eight-hour funeral. An anniversary party goes wrong. It's all very silly, but Madea is a scream, alternately throwing out wisdom about how black folks do things, doling out homilies about grief, and getting off some ripping insults. For instance, when her brother Heathrow (a new character who's a double amputee in a wheelchair with a Jheri curl and an electrolarynx he uses to talk) expresses concern about his one remaining top tooth after being hit in the face, she says: "I get him some corn, he'll just do the one row." The comedy is a little dirty at times -- there's lots of leering at female characters' backsides and plenty of jokes about pimps and hos, as well as weed -- but ultimately Madea and company are sweet and get the ending they deserve. There are lots of worse ways to say goodbye than this funny film.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about A Madea Family Funeral's messages about family, loyalty, and kindness. What mistakes do the characters make? How are characters rewarded or punished for their choices? How does Madea help or hurt these lessons? 

  • Why do you think Tyler Perry is so popular? Have you seen his other movies? What do they have in common? Who are they targeted at, and why do they appeal to that audience? Do you like him better as his character Madea or as a "regular" actor? Why?

  • This movie has mixed messages about women: Some are referred to as "hos" and reduced to objects to admire; others are strong and complex, such as a wife who stays with her philandering husband to protect her children. What do you make of this divide? How does this movie view its female characters: Are they all worthy of respect and dignity? Why or why not? 

Movie details

  • In theaters: March 1, 2019
  • On DVD or streaming: June 3, 2019
  • Cast: Tyler Perry, Patrice Lovely, Cassi Davis
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: crude sexual content, language, and drug references throughout
  • Last updated: December 21, 2019

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