MEET THE BROWNS Add To My Top 10
Powerful Melodrama with Uplifting Moral Values
Release Date: March 21, 2008
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 101 minutes
Director: Tyler Perry
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Tyler Perry and Reuben Cannon
Writer: Tyler Perry
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Angela Bassett stars as Brenda, a single mother with three children trapped in poverty in Chicago. Though her son Michael is a grown teenager who can help support the family, Brenda wants him to focus on his schooling and his basketball talent, either of which may help him get out of the ghetto. When the factory where she works closes down, Brenda begins to lose hope, despite her prayers to God.
Then, a letter arrives announcing the death of the father she never met. The letter comes with three bus tickets to Georgia for the funeral and the reading of the will. Desperate for any kind of help, Brenda takes her family there, where she finds love, hope and the caring concerns of a family she didn’t know existed.
MEET THE BROWNS is more dramatic than comedic, so Tyler Perry fans looking for more comedy might be disappointed. The movie’s melodrama focuses on the trials and tribulations of Brenda and her son, Michael, who feels the pain his mother is undergoing trying to make ends meet. Angela Bassett’s heartfelt performance as Brenda holds the movie together. When Michael gets too upset about the struggles his mother faces, he considers trying to sell drugs with his childhood friend, Calvin. This only greatly increases his mother’s pain, and Angela Bassett’s portrayal here is so compelling that it makes one believe that this is what many single mothers in the inner city must face. Without the talent she brings to the table here, MEET THE BROWNS would be a much lesser film.
The worldview in MEET THE BROWNS is Christian. Prayer to God in the face of continuing struggles is lifted up, but the movie focuses more on the moral messages in its story. Thus, the movie encourages kindness and rebukes using and dealing drugs as well as gossiping. Mostly, however, the movie stresses the biblical principle that family members should help family members who are in need. MEET THE BROWNS also extols the biblical principle of churches helping needy people.
All in all, MEET THE BROWNS deserves great credit for providing viewers with powerful melodrama that serves up positive moral messages, but MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for pre-teens because of some obscenities, references to prostitution in two scenes and the movie’s references to substance abuse and dealing drugs, which are, however, rebuked. As always, please peruse our special CONTENT section, which summarizes what’s in the movie.
MEET THE BROWNS is more dramatic than comedic, so Tyler Perry fans looking for comedy might be disappointed. Angela Bassett’s heartfelt performance as Brenda holds the movie together. MEET THE BROWNS deserves credit for providing viewers with powerful melodrama extolling moral values. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution, however, for pre-teens because of some obscenities, references to prostitution in two scenes and the movie’s references to substance abuse and dealing drugs, which are, however, rebuked.