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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Although the movie benefits from the portrayal of strong and devoted women and African-American characters, many characters play into stereotypes. Although popular, some consider the character of Madea racist, sexist, and/or stereotypical.
Positive Role Models
Madea knows best, phrasing and acting on her wisdom in raucous fashion; her language is crude and her solutions are comically violent. Although she overs a stable environment for her family members, her response to domestic abuse is more violence.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Moderate language, including s-word, "damn," "hell," and "bitch," as well as slang ("crap," "balls," "wide load" for Madea's large behind).
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Products & Purchases
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."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion 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." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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