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Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Predictable but occasionally funny comedy has adult themes.

Movie PG-13 2011 105 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 13+

Another Funny Tyler Perry Movie

age 14+

14 and up.

this comedy movie Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family stars with Tyler perry is an average movie about mature themes and with that being said this movie is only for your older teens and parents you need to know that Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family has some mild language used and some smoking and drugs used overall besides the mature themes this movie does have a positive message it's about that love and faith can see families through the worst circumstances.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (17 ):

You've seen it all in other Perry movies: juvenile jokes, marital woes, family strife, uplifting singing, and the pushy, bombastic, and sometimes wonderful Madea. Refreshing and surprising this movie is not, so if innovation and vision are what you're looking for, you'll have to move on. What's more, feminists may be taken aback by the shrewish portrayal of most of the women, and how their deference toward their husbands is not-so-subtly advised as the key to marital bliss.

Madea's Big Happy Family feels a bit schizophrenic: Serious issues are fodder for jokes, while funny moments suddenly take a dramatic turn. Still, there's something appealing about Perry's freewheeling style. Anything can happen, and anything does happen: cancer, skeletons in closets, drug deals, Maury Povich leading paternity fights, a rousing church service. For Madea fans, it's just another day at the movies.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 22, 2011
  • On DVD or streaming: August 30, 2011
  • Cast: Bow Wow , David Mann , Loretta Devine , Tyler Perry
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors, Female actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 105 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: drug content, language and some mature thematic material
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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