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Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Madea says goodbye in winning but dirty slapstick comedy.

Movie PG-13 2019 102 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 15+

Pushed the limits of PG-13

This was the most sexual Madea yet. Lots and lots of talk about sex, sexual jokes (no nudity), drug references, drinking. This is also the first Madea movie to drop an F-Bomb. Not family friendly.

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Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 13+

The Truth

It's a really good movie and very funny. The worst part about the movie is it's the last one in the series. It taught good lessons about family and being happy. Don't rate is bad because YOU can't relate to it.

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Great messages
Great role models

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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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 1, 2019
  • On DVD or streaming: June 3, 2019
  • Cast: Tyler Perry, Patrice Lovely, Cassi Davis
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: crude sexual content, language, and drug references throughout
  • Last updated: March 31, 2022

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