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Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Madea is back. Not meant for kids.

Movie PG-13 2006 107 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 17+

Art Imitates Life. .

Art Imitates Life...even if that life is not YOURS. It may be someone else's story it is telling. Tyler Perry expertly tells the stories of people who are often silent. The themes are definitely of a mature nature. We live in a very broken world filled with broken people. When we perpetuate a false "healthy" reality in our homes, children receive many mixed messages when they go out into the world. This can be very damaging for them. Tyler Perry's characters are colorful and reflect who people can really be behind closed doors. I wish I had a Madea growing up! A REAL human being. Someone who has a moral compass, whose actions align with who she really is. Someone who lives her truth, and encourages others to live theirs. I believe this movie should only be viewed when parents are ready to have authentic conversations with their children about certain aspects of life.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 16+
tyler perry funny, talented but shame on me for not checking reviews before taking my daughter to see this movie. not kid appropriate. language throughout (f**k, b**ch), nudity, sexual content including visual effects of sexual enhance drug on male

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (1 ):

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, Madea's Family Reunion 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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 24, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: June 27, 2006
  • Cast: Blair Underwood , Lynn Whitfield , Tyler Perry
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors, Female actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 107 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: for mature thematic material, domestic violence, sex and drug references.
  • Last updated: June 1, 2023

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