By: Henry J. Fromage (Six Pack) –
Tyler Perry/Madea is the black version of Kevin James. The first time you saw them you found them silly but you had to admit you laughed. You figured that with a bit more time they could perfect what they did into something that would be truly hilarious. Instead they went the opposite direction, churning out less funny, low-effort knockoffs of their first movies and making bank each time they did. You start to wonder what you are missing; either you are turning into Ebenezer Scrooge or the average American is really fucking stupid.
Let’s go with that.
In the newest of the Madea saga, Madea is tasked with bringing together the children of Shirley so she can tell them that she’s dying of cancer. Zaniness ensues.
As you can see by the poster above the ad campaign was kinda awesome. There are several other versions of it riffing on Oscar nominees. I’ve got to admit that I like the pot-smoking, irreverent Aunt Bam character and ‘Lil Bow Wow might just make a decent actor one day. And it did make me laugh, with a line like “your legs look like they have hail damage” and a moment like Madea pulling out a hammer on Maury. There are also three other laughs to enjoy over the rest of the 106 minutes of the film.
You know Tyler Perry pulled out all the stops when you get a credits sequence that looks like rejected outtakes from South Park, Season 1.
All of the characters are broadly written stereotypes, most of them falling into the catty, abusive woman or proud, persecuted man categories. Then you have characters like Mr. Brown, a Curly knock-off if I ever saw one.
Woo Woo Woo Woo!
Here’s a beer to what Madea has become. She was sharp-witted and violent in Diary of a Mad Black Woman, but has devolved into a character that delivers holier-than-thou lectures or vomits words like Dr. Evil on helium.
Misprouncing or mistaking words in squeaky, high-pitched voices seems to be about 80% of the humor in this one. The worst offender by far is ‘Lil Bow Wow’s baby mama, who I’d gladly choke to death if I ever met her except for the fear that she’d let out the same inhuman banshee wail she emits every. fucking. time. she. opens. her. mouth.
Lauren London’s just checking to see if it’s safe
Hey, some comedy isn’t for everyone, I get it. I loved Step Brothers, but I could see how other people could find it annoying. Save me the preaching, though, particularly if you’re going to be incredibly lazy about it. All of the female characters under forty are some variation of the devil-woman whose only purpose in life is to rip the soul out of the proud black man. It takes a long-winded Madea speech for them to stand up for themselves, although she forgot to mention that if your first date involved slitting puppy throats, that probably would have been a good time to dump the bitch.
That coat is pretty soft, though
There’s no depth, there are no shades of grey, and there’s no reason for me to ever subject myself to a Tyler Perry film again.
If you don’t like to think too hard and find an air horn shrieking in your ear pleasurable, then by all means…
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a Drink: for every mispronunciation or misspoken word
Take a Drink: whenever a man is disrespected
Take a Drink: for every loud or shrill human noise
Drink a Shot: every time Madea thinks she’s doling out life lessons