Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes To Jail

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1

Content: -2

Tyler Perry, Derek Luke, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Ion Overman. Written & directed by Tyler Perry.

FILM SYNOPSIS: After a high-speed freeway chase puts Madea (TYLER PERRY) in front of the judge, her reprieve is short-lived as anger management issues get the best of her and land her in jail.  A gleeful Joe (TYLER PERRY) couldn't be happier at Madea's misfortune.  But Madea's eccentric family members the Browns (DAVID and TAMELA MANN) rally behind her, lending their special "country" brand of support.

Meanwhile, Assistant District Attorney Joshua Hardaway (DEREK LUKE) is on the fast track to career success. But Hardaway lands a case too personal to handle - defending young prostitute and former drug addict Candace Washington (KESHIA KNIGHT PULLIAM) - and asks his fiancée and fellow ADA Linda Holmes (ION OVERMAN) to fill in on his behalf.  When Candace ends up in jail, Madea befriends the young woman, protecting her in a "motherly" way as only Madea can.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Well, I finally got to see it. Remember, critics are not invited to Mr. Perry’s movies. $40 million worth of you went to see it opening weekend despite the buyer beware warning most of us in the movie reporting business offered up. And now many know what I discovered, this Tyler Perry adventure is a mixed bag. I laughed at the outrageousness. Perry has great timing and offers up three different and interesting roles. Madea is a great creation. And once again, the need for spiritual realization is incorporated. The rest isn’t so good.

There’s a dose of faith here, and several discussions about doing the right thing there, but as with all of Mr. Perry’s productions, the characters are more cartoonish 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, these faults may have been corrected.

The following was written before seeing the film…This is where I normally place my review. However, Tyler Perry doesn’t like nor feel a need for film critics. Why should he? They usually find fault with his work and his built in fan base is loyal every opening day. But it’s a frustration for me as Mr. Perry is one of the few filmmakers who injects some spirituality into his films. He’s 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 his ban on critics may seem 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 reviewer’s insights, they owe their audience the right to be informed.

Don’t 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.

I’ll review this film and place it on the site next week. It’ll still be in the theaters. So don’t let Mr. Perry or a studio dictate to you what you will see. Get the content first, so you can tell if it’s suitable for your family’s viewing. And send the message to Hollywood that you will not support a film until you’ve seen the review. Remember, if a filmmaker has the right to put whatever he wants in a film, then a filmgoer has the right to be warned.

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: A great deal of crude humor, including sexual riffs and innuendos.

Obscene Language: 50 or more minor expletives (damns, hells, ass)

Profanity: Though I caught no blatant profanity, the Lord’s name is uttered many times as a mere exclamation.

Violence: Some of the violence is played for laughs such as Media fighting with the police, but there is also some violent behavior towards prostitutes by a pimp; Media’s wrath against a rude driver is a sight to behold when she gets a forklift and dumps a car on its side; and Media batters a bad woman in jail.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: There are a great many sexual references and PG-13 exploitation; prostitutes are featured in revealing outfits.

Drugs: Several characters are seen smoking; a hooker is going through withdrawal; several drug-themed jokes; beer drinking at a party.


Running Time: Unknown
Intended Audience: Unknown

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