Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion

 
Madea is back. Not meant for kids.
  • Review Date: June 26, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 107 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Madea knows best, phrasing and acting on her wisdom in raucous fashion; her language is crude and her solutions are comically violent.

Violence

Includes both dramatic and comic violence: Carlos hits Lisa several times, leaving bruises on her face and chest, threatens to throw her out their window; Lisa eventually throws hot grits at Carlos' face and hits him repeatedly; Victoria slaps Vanessa, who punches her back; Madea slaps a boy who bullies Nikki, hits Nikki with a belt, and several times talks about "tearing that ass up," and other slang for her disciplinary methods.

Sex

Carlos removes Lisa's negligee to prepare for her bath (we see her bare shoulders); fiancés appear in bed; a man asks another if he plans to "get some" on a date; an abusive man kisses his fiancé possessively; several references to sex and genitals, a girl is told she's only "smart enough" to "lie on [her] back" a woman reveals her mother gave her (as a child) to her stepfather for sex; teenaged girls wear short shorts, midriff shirts, and dance provocatively.

Language

Moderate language, including s-word, "damn," "hell," and "bitch," as well as slang ("crap," "balls," "wide load" for Madea's large behind).

Consumerism

Heineken beer visible; Bloomingdale's exterior visible; reference to Roc-A-Wear.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking of wine and beer at parties and nightclubs; characters drink champagne in a couple of scenes at home; characters refer to "weed," "the chronic," and a junkie mother selling her daughter for "a fix."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film includes several scenes of violence, some dramatic and some comic. A man abuses his fiancée repeatedly, slapping, walloping, and shaking her, threatening to throw her out a window and throwing her to the floor. Madea threatens violence as punishment (she will "tear that ass up," for example), and in some scenes acts on her warning: She slaps a boy in the head and hits her foster child with a belt for skipping school; she advises her niece on revenge for her abuse, and eventually the niece throws hot grits on her abuser and then beats him with a frying pan. At the reunion, the family matriarchs chastise the younger generation for playing craps, arguing, and dancing provocatively (we see examples of all these bad behaviors). Characters refer to sexual activity and use slang ("get some"), including prostitution (one character says her mother was a "whore"). Characters drink beer, wine, and champagne, and refer to "weed," "the chronic," and "a fix."

What's the story?

TYLER PERRY'S MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION showcases the traditional wisdom of vibrant Madea Simmons (Tyler Perry, who also plays her brother Joe and nephew Brian). Madea's niece Lisa (Rochelle Aytes) is engaged to banker Carlos (Blair Underwood), a perfectionist who beats her. Lisa confesses her plight to her mother Victoria (Lynn Whitfield), who says \"Women sometimes have to deal with things to be comfortable.\" Victoria's bad judgment also shows when it comes to Lisa's half-sister Vanessa (Lisa Arrindell Anderson), who meets Frank (Boris Kodjoe), who seems perfect for her. Still, Vanessa has reservations due to her tense relationship with Victoria, who treats her as a \"failure\" and focuses on Lisa's upcoming wedding. As Vanessa is currently living with Madea, the matriarch finds plenty of opportunities to offer opinions on her nieces' situations. Madea also has a new addition to her household, foster child Nikki (Keke Palmer). Madea pushes her to do well in school and believe in herself after learning that a previous foster parent told Nikki she could only make a living \"on [her] back\".

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Directed by Perry, this sequel to Diary of a Mad Black Woman is broadly comic and pushes the PG-13 envelope on content. While the sequel shows more confidence and better production values, it essentially repeats the first plot: Madea advises an abused relative on how to save herself. While Madea provides Nikki with a stable home and emotional encouragement, she serves a different function for the film's audience by performing unsubtle comedy like beating Nikki with a belt, trash talking, and threatening (humorously) to beat or kill those who disobey her. It's funny, and sets Madea apart from those she counsels -- they had better not do as she does.

The Madea franchise is premised on this excessive characterization, and audiences love the character. Still, she can be repetitive, and this film is unevenly paced and predictable. Alternately boisterous, syrupy, and endearing, the film bolsters Madea's belief in family strength-in-unity by community-building, history-remembering, spirit-reviving speeches by Maya Angelou and Cicely Tyson, who show up at the reunion and final scene's wedding.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the strong ties among family members, and the power of forgiveness (why is it important that Vanessa forgives her mother, even though Victoria allowed her husband to abuse Vanessa sexually as a child?). How does Lisa feel trapped in her relationship with Carlos? How is Victoria's determination to have her daughter marry a wealthy man explained, so she remains "sympathetic"? How does Madea promote traditional values with practical/comic solutions (hitting an abuser with a frying pan)?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 24, 2006
DVD release date:June 27, 2006
Cast:Blair Underwood, Lynn Whitfield, Tyler Perry
Director:Tyler Perry
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Comedy
Run time:107 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:for mature thematic material, domestic violence, sex and drug references.

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Kid, 11 years old September 4, 2010
age 9+
 
This was a good movie. It had comedy and drama. The thing that was bad was that a man beats up on his wife. There was also just 1 innapropriate part were old men are "checking out" younger girls. 9+
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Too much sex
Too much swearing
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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
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i loved it

it was soo funny i loved tyler perrys flims and madea . i think it is a dramatic comody.

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