"Comic Scares Diluted by Talking and Obscene Material"
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There’s a lot of talking in the first act of TYLER PERRY’S BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN. It slows down the action. Also, the banter coming from Uncle Joe, is filled with crude jokes and drug references. The crude comedy, foul language and drug jokes in BOO 2! warrant extreme caution. However, the movie eventually has some positive messages about parenting.
In TYLER PERRY’S BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN, Madea, Uncle Joe, Aunt Bam, and Hattie go to a haunted campground to rescue Brian’s 18-year-old daughter, Tiffany, but they’re the ones who end up needing rescued. The scary comedy in BOO 2! doesn’t start to take off until the second half, and there’s a lot of crude, unfunny one liners and foul language coming from Madea’s brother, Uncle Joe.
The movie begins with Brian, a divorced dad, coming to school on Halloween to pick up his daughter, Tiffany, who’s just turned 18. Brian is having trouble coming to terms with the fact that Tiffany would rather spend time with her friends rather than celebrate her birthday at home with family. Complicating matters is Brian’s permissive ex-wife Debrah, who buys her daughter a new red car for her birthday.
Back at home, Tiffany pesters Brian and Debrah to let her go to a Halloween Party at an infamous lake campground where some teenagers were murdered years ago. Eventually, Brian relents and allows her to do that, against the advice of Aunt Madea and Uncle Joe, who criticize Brian’s weakness when it comes to handling Tiffany and his ex-wife. Brian reasons that, by letting Tiffany go to the party, maybe she’ll learn a valuable lesson about listening to her father.
Madea drags her brother, Joe, Aunt Bam and Hattie out to the campground to “rescue” Tiffany. Meanwhile, Tiffany and her friends don’t realize that their fellow partygoers are being picked off one-by-one by a pair of chainsaw-wielding madmen and their spooky sister.
There’s a lot of talking in the first act of TYLER PERRY’S BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN. It slows down the action. Also, the banter coming from Uncle Joe, is filled with crude jokes and drug references that aren’t that funny. So, it isn’t until he, Madea, Hattie, and Bam get to the campground that the scary comedy starts to take off. Madea and her squad of gray-haired rescuers have funny encounters with the madmen, their spooky sister and the Angel of Death.
The crude comedy, foul language and drug jokes in BOO 2 warrant extreme caution. However, the movie eventually has a positive message about parenting. Brian isn’t as weak as he appears to be, and the ex-wife learns there’s such a thing as being too permissive. At the same time, the movie teaches teenagers they should give their parents some slack because their mothers and fathers are just trying to look out for them.
Down through the years, almost all the major movie comics did at least one horror comedy, from Laurel and Hardy to Bob Hope to Abbott and Costello to the Bowery Boys to Martin and Lewis. That’s because being scared is an intense emotional reaction similar to laughter. BOO 2 falls firmly within that cinematic tradition.
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