Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family

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. –Molly Segal



  • Tyler Perry


  • Tyler Perry
  • Shad "Bow Wow" Moss
  • Loretta Devine
  • Cassi Davis
  • Lauren London
  • David Mann
  • Tamela Brown Mann
  • Isaiah Mustafa
  • Shannon Kane
  • Natalie Desselle Reid


  • Tyler Perry


  • Tyler Perry
  • Reuben Cannon
  • Roger M. Bobb

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