Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: +1/2

Angela Bassett, Rick Fox, Jenifer Lewis, David Mann. Comedy. Written, directed, produced and floors swept by Tyler Perry.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A working mother whos just lost her job suddenly learns that the father she never met has just passed away. Desperate for help, she attends the funeral in Georgia and gets to know her bizarre and sometimes crude Southern family. While there she also meets a man who may change her life.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Mr. Perry doesnt like nor feel a need for film critics. Why should he? They usually find fault with his work and his fan base is loyal every opening weekend. Its a frustration for this reporter as Mr. Perry is one of the few filmmakers who manage to inject some spirituality into his films. Hes not afraid to show a character pray or show people attending church services. Of course, he never allows such themes to override crude humor, but at least he unapologetically states that we are spiritual beings as well as mental and physical.

While we reviewers could nitpick concerning his filmmaking skills, my main problem with his work is that he tries to do it all. Some great filmmakers can, some cant. Charlie Chaplin could. Jerry Lewis couldnt. (Mr. Lewis was always at his best when others wrote, directed and produced his films The Nutty Professor being the rules exception.)

Theres a dose of faith here, and several discussions about doing the right thing there, but as with all of Mr. Perrys productions (hes played Media, the granny with an attitude, in several of his films), the characters are more stick people than fully realized, and the story excessive where I think the filmmaker meant to be profound. Had he allowed others to take control of his script and directing chores, the faults may have been corrected.

Allow me to explain why this review was so late. Mr. Perry does not like critics and because of the opening support his productions get, he doesnt feel required to allow us to preview his work. While this seems logical (he is very wealthy and attendance is high), still, critiquing films is a part of the movie-releasing mix. Moviemaking is an artistic endeavor; therefore it must be examined. While few filmmakers pay heed to the reviewers insights, they owe their audience the right to be informed. Whats more, Mr. Perry needs to start listening to others. Oh, he can stay on this same coarse, but to take his abilities to a higher plane, he needs to let other pros do their jobs.

Though a filmmaker has a vision of how he or she wants the film to look, its a communal artistry and functions best when professionals are allowed to apply their trade by doing what they do best. Though egocentric moviemakers end up wealthy, their petulance and egomania do the art form a disservice.

Dont let studios and egocentric moviemakers dictate to you what you will see or not. Wait until the reviews come out so you can get an idea of what the film is about and read the content (the reason for the rating), usually supplied by Christian reviewers, in order to judge its suitability. Cause once they have your bucks, they win.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Crudity in a Tyler Perry movie! Perish the thought. The truth is, theres usually at least one character employed to shock with colorful phrases and crude eccentricity.

Obscene Language: Two obscenities (the f-word) and several minor expletives (damns, hells, ass).

Profanity: Eight varying uses of the expression, Oh my God.

Violence: Mostly played for laughs, several characters get knocked down for bad behavior; for instance, a woman hits a man in the head with a brick; there is a fight when drug dealers beat up one of the male leads; one character is shot by a drug gang, he recovers; a woman evades police capture, she strikes one of them before being subdued.

Sex: Several women where provocative clothing and there are several sexual discussions, some comical, some dramatic.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Pot smoking; several drug conversations and we see some drug dealing; some drinking.

Other: None

Running Time: 110 minutes
Intended Audience: Older Teens and Up

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