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2.0 out of 5 stars not one of the better tyler perry movies, 30 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I'm surprised that this came out in 2010. If it was one of his earlier movies it would be easier to justify how badly edited and low budget it looks. Some of the scenes go on longer than than they need to. And it has a spoofish quality to it which lacks the balance of his other movies. Maybe he was trying to give a comedic "Brady Bunch" twist to the usual stories about black families. But it didn't come off well. A lot of things are thrown in there without any rationale (like Madea going crazy and driving her car through the window of a burger joint just because the server wouldn't serve her properly).The themes explored are quite depressing- like the mother dying of cancer and the vitriolic sisters always at each other's and their husband's throats. There is no real resolution in the end, except Madea giving a big speech to all the family members. The advise given is quite obvious and lacks the wisdom and insight that her character displays in other movies. Some of the characters are uneccesary and just seem to be a parody of themselves. I can understand why Spike Lee and others might criticize it. There doesn't seem to be much of a moral here except "family stick together even if you are dysfunctional" and "men stand up to your women". It seems like an attempt to explore the men's side of the story in relationships. But it doesn't do so convincingly. The stand out performances for me were Lil Bow wow and Teyana Taylor. Lil bow wow was execellent and believable as the frustrated young father. If I didn't know he was a rapper, I could easily believe he was an actor. Teyana Taylor stole the show as the baby mama from hell. I thought her scenes were some of the funniest.
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