The trouble with the Tyler Perry films is that they could be quite awful, from a critic’s point of view. But critics do not pay for tickets at the box office. Perry’s films are often all over the place, preachy, rude, cheap and politically incorrect. But they do bring on good laughs despite the complaint that the jokes are the same. The latest and 11th of the MADEA film series proves more of the same. And the last one featuring Madea, though I hardly doubt that. It has garnered generally negative reviews from critics but went on to be one of his most successful films to date. Lionsgate Company is still enjoying the cash cow, though the company has not got a string of hits for some time.
This is arguable the laziest of Perry’s films. Tyler Perry has opened his Tyler Perry studios and this film was shot there in a week. Most of the acts consist of people sitting around in a room complaining and bitching. Most of the time two or more of the characters are played by Perry himself.
One of the few scenes that take place outside the house involves Madea and the family being stopped by a white cop for no reason. Madea tells the Tyler Perry character he wheel to drive and speed off but he insists on doing what is right. The white cop, of course turns unnecessarily rude and gets everyone in the car worked up and someone might get shot accidentally. The rest of the film takes place in the house, which means the film is extremely low budget.
There is hardly any plot or story in the film. The two loose stories are one involving Madea’s dead relative. the unseen Anthony who is caught dead in the act while having S & M sex with a whore. The reason of death is attempted to be kept secret from the other members of the family. The other subplot evolves A.J. (Courtney Burrell) cheating on his fiancé for her sister during the wedding. Of course, Madea has a say in all these 2 events – that is the reason Madea exists, to offer her loud opinion.
Tyler Perry introduces a new character into the movie, a crippled war veteran called Heathrow. As expected, this character is loud, obnoxious sexist and plain nasty. Not only is Heathrow (played by Very of course) in a wheelchair but he has to use a vibrator to speak because he has a hole in his throat due to cancer. And Madea has to remark that she get an orgasm from the speaking vibrator. Heathow is one of Perry’s funniest and rudest characters.
Madea also organizes the funeral to great hilarity. Eulogies are kept to a minimum time like the Academy Award acceptance speeches, No jokes will be revealed in order not to spoil your entertainment.
Nothing much else need be said about this Tyler Perry movie. Those who know the Tyler Perry movies get what they expected. No surprises but yes, plenty of laughs.