When you think about it, I suppose you could cast Madea as an employee for the Department of Motor Vehicles or have her be a customer service representative for an insurance company. Would it really make any difference? I mean seriously, will this franchise continue until we watch Madea going into a nursing home? Tyler Perry (Madea Goes to Jail, Good Deeds) who is Madea deserves credit for keeping many people employed at his Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, along with his charitable donations. However, after seeing this tired movie, I felt he could have done much better with the script. In this latest installment; George Needleman, played by Eugene Levy (American Reunion, Taking Woodstock), was a naive businessman who was set up to be his company’s fall guy for a ponzi scheme. With an opportunity to decipher the trail of money and clear his name, Mr. Needleman with his family had to go into a witness protection type of arrangement. And that is where Madea came into the picture. I cannot tell you how bored I was with the stereotypical, low humor about the cultural differences between the families, aka races. Or having Madea say the same threatening things to people; I was able to mimic the lines in my mind at the same time. This was a lowbrow portrayal of shallow people, nothing more. Even copying a scene from the movie Ghost did nothing to make this viewing experience any more pleasurable. Mr. Perry, either write better screenplays or retire Madea already.
1 1/2 stars
A good deed would have been the theater giving out free popcorn and drinks, so the audience would have had something to do during this movie. Lifeless performances, particularly from Tyler Perry (Madea’s Family Reunion, Diary of a Mad Black Woman) as Wesley Deeds, were boring. I felt as writer, director and actor, Tyler had too much on his plate, nothing was given his full attention. The only bright spot was Phylicia Rashad (Just Wright, A Raisin in the Sun) who played his mother, Wilimena. The story was bland and unoriginal: Wesley was the favorite son and his brother was the black sheep. We have all seen this before and there was not one new idea added to this scenario. With a life that seemed to be preordained, successful Wesley appeared to have the perfect life, with everything in its place and each day no different then the day before. Not until he met cleaning woman Lindsey Wakefield, played by Thandie Newton (The Pursuit of Happyness, RocknRolla), did his life veer off this chosen path. Thandie tried her best with what she was handed, but she could not clean up the poor script. I understood what Mr. Perry was trying to do and thought the concept for the story was good. Sadly, within 20 minutes, I realized this movie should have been thrown out with the dirty soap suds.
1 2/3 stars