Film Review: TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL (USA 2019) ***

A Madea Family Funeral Poster
Trailer

A joyous family reunion becomes a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia, where they find themselves unexpectedly planning a funeral that might unveil unsavory family secrets.

Director:

Tyler Perry

Writer:

Tyler Perry

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.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id61hcbdMZA

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Happy Birthday: Tyler Perry

tylerperryTyler Perry

Born: September 14, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

[on Spike Lee’s criticism of him] I’m so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee. Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that. I am sick of him talking about me, I am sick of him saying, ‘this is a coon, this is a buffoon.’ I am sick of him talking about black people going to see movies. This is what he said: ‘you vote by what you see,’ as if black people don’t know what they want to see.

Meet the Browns
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Starring
Angela Bassett
Perry
PaulMADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY
dir. Tyler Perry
Stars:
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Loretta Devine
MADEA GOES TO JAILMadea Goes to Jail
2009
dir. Perry
Starring
Perry
Derek Luke
I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF Movie PosterI Can Do Bad All By Myself
dir. Perry
Starring
Perry
Taraji P. Henson
Adam Rodriguez
MOVIE POSTERMADEA’S FAMILY REUNION
2006
dir. Tyler Perry
Stars:
Blair Underwood
Lyn Whitfield
MOVIE POSTERGOOD DEEDS
dir. Tyler Perry
Stars:
Tyler Perry
Gabrielle Union
Daddy’s Little Girl’s
2007
dir. Perry
Starring
Gabrielle Union
Louis Gossett Jr.
SydneyWhiteWhy Did I Get Married
dir. Perry
Starring Perry
Sharon Leal
MOVIE POSTERALEX CROSS
dir. Rob Cohen
Stars:
Tyler Perry
Matthew Fox
MOVIE POSTERTYLER PERRY’S TEMPTATION: CONFESSIONS OF A MARRIAGE COUNSELOR
2013
dir. Tyler Perry
MOVIE POSTERTYLER PERRY’S A MADEA CHRISTMAS
2013
dir. Tyler Perry
Stars:
Chad Michael Murray