"Sassy Female Solutions"
What You Need To Know:
Like the first Madea movie, MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION varies between lowbrow comedy featuring Madea and serious family drama. The formula is less successful here, but editing may help. Madea's sassy solutions to problems are not always Christian, but the movie has a strong Christian worldview that also teaches some moral values, including dignity, modesty and the importance of family and getting an education. Ultimately, it requires extreme caution due to some serious subject matter and plenty of light foul language.
(CCC, BB, Pa, FR, LLL, VV, S, N, A, DD, MM) Strong Christian worldview includes strong Christian wedding vows with strong moral content about family, dignity, modesty, decency, and the importance of getting an education and improving your mind, but mixed in with some irreverent humor (including humor about passing gas) and attitudes that seem a bit antinomian, including some self-identified Christian characters act irreverently and prideful for comic effect and others are serious, sincere and humble; 28 light obscenities (mostly "h" words), 12 light profanities, and jokes about passing gas; strong and emotionally disturbing violence such as man slaps his fiancée hard several times, sassy woman threatens people with violence and spanks misbehaving child with flimsy strap that's played for laughs, man abusively squeezes woman's thigh and arm, woman throws hot grits on abusive man and beats his back with a frying pan, and women fight; some sexual references include man takes off woman's nightgown in the morning where he has arranged a bath and an actual musical quartet with women playing the instruments, engaged couple lives and sleeps together, old men leer at girls in tight outfits, disturbing but not salacious talk about a case of incest and pedophilia, male strip dancer takes off his shirt but he is stopped before taking anything else off, unmarried woman invites male stripper over to her house to finish his dance; upper male nudity and women in skimpy outfits; alcohol use; smoking and joke about marijuana; and, miscellaneous elements include issues of divorce and unwed parents, plus young men play dice for money, which is rebuked.
MADEA’S FAMILY REUNION is Tyler Perry’s sequel to his hit play and movie DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMEN. In the sequel, Perry’s sassy southern matriarch, Madea, is court ordered to be in charge of Nikki, a rebellious runaway. Meanwhile, her niece Lisa is getting ready to marry her live-in boyfriend, Carlos, a rich financial manager who often beats her. Lisa’s mother, Victoria, is forcing her to marry Carlos so she can live high on the hog. Victoria also treats Lisa’s sister, Vanessa, from another marriage, like dirt. Vanessa is an unwed mother with two children.
When Frankie, a divorced man with a child himself, starts to woo Vanessa, it eventually brings out a dark secret between Victoria, Vanessa and Lisa’s no-good, but rich, dead father. Can Lisa and Vanessa escape the evil scheming of their mercenary mother?
Like the first Madea movie, MADEA’S FAMILY REUNION varies between lowbrow comedy featuring Madea and her lazy brother, Joe, and serious, overwrought family drama. The formula is less successful here, but MOVIEGUIDE® saw an early cut of this movie, so some editing changes may be done, which could help.
Madea’s sassy solutions to problems are not always Christian, but the movie does have a strong Christian worldview that also teaches some moral values, including dignity, modesty and the importance of family and getting an education. Actress Cicely Tyson appears at the end of the movie to give a stirring speech about the degradation of black Christian culture by today’s immoral, pagan society. Of course, the same thing has been happening to all ethnic cultures in developed nations, including white majority cultures.
Ultimately, MADEA’S FAMILY REUNION deserves an extreme caution due to some serious subject matter about wife beating and disturbing, but not salacious or explicit, talk about a case of incest and pedophilia. The movie also has plenty of light foul language.