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Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Feel-good film is formulaic but OK for teens+.

Movie PG-13 2008 100 minutes
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It would be totally predictable to say that this movie is predictable (the same thing has been said about nearly every single Tyler Perry movie). As Perry's movies go, Meet the Browns is actually less stilted and slightly more inventive, plot-wise. The characters don't speak in cliches as often as they have in the past, and the warmth feels genuine.

Ultimately, it's a feel-good film, despite its flaws. Perhaps that's largely because the central character is played by Bassett, who manages -- for the most part, though not fully -- to transcend the cloying storyline. That said, even she can't save the bits that are played all-out for laughs, especially the funeral scenes at the church and cemetery, which just aren't all that funny. (Neither is Perry's Madea cameo.) Memorable moviemaking it isn't. But entertaining? If you like Perry's work, yes.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 21, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: June 30, 2008
  • Cast: Angela Bassett, Rick Fox, Tyler Perry
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: drug content, language including sexual references, thematic elements and brief violence.
  • Last updated: April 18, 2023

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