Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Madea is back. Not meant for kids.
  • PG-13
  • 2006
  • 107 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 7 reviews

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Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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. 


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.


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.


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


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."

What 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."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydecreeit March 3, 2019
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**... Continue reading
Parent of a 16-year-old Written byCASHMONEY162012 March 12, 2010


Thais movie is one of tyler prerry's best medea goes to jai was good. not as good as this one. the movie was funny everyone learns a leason so it is egucat... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLukeCon September 27, 2020

Tyler Perry directs more boring adult-melodrama

It is highly unlikely that kids will be interested throughout the course of this film—and I could see why. Tyler Perry creates another dragging Madea film that,... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 8, 2009
This is a good sequel to DOAMBW beacuse it had less syrupyness and less drama and more comedy.
Mature themes though so 13+

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?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the strong ties among family members in Madea's Family Reunion, 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

  • In theaters: February 24, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: 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.
  • Last updated: September 21, 2019

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