TYLER PERRY’S BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN

"Comic Scares Diluted by Talking and Obscene Material"

Quality: Content: -2 "EXTREME CAUTION"
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Summary:

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, Joe, but the movie has some positive lessons for parents and children.

Review:

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.

Content:

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Mixed pagan worldview with some moral elements and overt references to Jesus. 

Foul Language:
At least 125 obscenities and five light profanities. 

Violence:
 Light but scary comic violence such as people chased with chainsaws, scary Angel of Death figure, scary girl with zombie-like cuts on her face and long wet hair, man with chainsaw comes out of a lake, young man puts hand in bed of truck and hand comes up with blood on it, woman falls down trying to run out of outhouse, other scary images. 

Sex:
Elderly man makes a lot of crude sometimes obscene jokes about sex and about woman’s body (latter jokes are inside jokes about the fact that the Madea character is played by a man, the movie’s director). 

Nudity:
Upper male nudity in several scenes. 

Alcohol Use:
Apparent underage alcohol use. 

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No tobacco use but elderly man makes crude jokes about how much he likes drugs, especially marijuana, and he lights up a marijuana cigarette at one point, but is never shown smoking it. 

Miscellaneous Immorality:
 18-year-old girl caught in a lie, her parents are divorced, her mother is permissive and her father doesn’t like that, and she wants to be alone with college frat president.

In Brief:

TYLER PERRY’S BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN 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 than celebrate her birthday at home with family. Tiffany pesters Brian to let her go to a college Halloween Party at an infamous campground where some teenagers were murdered years ago. 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. The crude comedy, foul language and drug jokes in BOO 2! warrant extreme caution. However, the movie eventually has some positive messages about parenting.