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Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family a drag

Cheap laughs and negative racial stereotypes

The new addition to Tyler Perry’s Madea films disproves the theory that drag is inherently funny. Perry plays the title role of the potty-mouthed, fried chicken-obsessed matriarch of a dysfunctional family. When Shirley (Loretta Devine) finds out she’s dying, she tries to reunite her children with Madea’s help ---the rest is a hodgepodge of uninspired wordplay, soap opera dramatics, religious overtones and misogyny. Cheap laughs are spoiled by negative racial stereotypes: the ghetto “baby-mama," the horny old aunt and the teenage drug dealer. The men complain about women; the women are weak to varying degrees. Ironically, Madea is the closest to resembling a strong female character ---any redeeming qualities are lost after her histrionic display on The Maury Povich Show. Base humour at its worst.

Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family is not showing in any theaters in the area.

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