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Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Same old Madea jokes served up in yet another morality tale.

Movie PG-13 2009 103 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 13+

Madea Goes to Jail

Main theme is prostitution and life on the streets. Love Linda Davis in a skirt and heels!

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Too much sex
age 14+

Love Tyler Perry

Genius incorporating topics in a funny yet enlightening lessons with Christian principles to fall upon.

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (22 ):

Madea fans are a loyal bunch, and they're unlikely to be disappointed with the latest installment in Perry's franchise. Madea continues to "get" those who "got" her and gives lip to everyone from her poor, put-upon daughter to her raunchy brother Joe (also Perry) to Dr. Phil and Judge Mathis.

But those unfamiliar with Perry's films won't be converted into fans by this broad, heavy-handed comedy. The morality-play subplot in Madea Goes to Jail is particularly ridiculous. Although Luke is a fine actor and does his best as a well-meaning, generous man, Knight Pulliam (best known as little Rudy from The Cosby Show) isn't at all believable as a streetwalker. Supporting actresses Viola Davis and Vanessa Ferlito are both good as, respectively, a minister who dedicates herself to getting women off the street and a prostitute who looks out for Candy. But the Candy-Josh-Lisa love triangle is so predictable that the outcome loses its emotional punch.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 20, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: June 16, 2009
  • Cast: Derek Luke , Keshia Knight Pulliam , Tyler Perry
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors, Female actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 103 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: mature thematic material, drug content, some violence and sexual situations
  • Last updated: August 19, 2023

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