Madea's Big Happy Family - Review

Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family | AT THE DOCS Brown (David Mann) and Cora (Tamela Mann) in Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family

In the opening scene of Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, Shirley (Loretta Devine), who is Madea's niece and also the one sweetly understated person in the movie, learns that her cancer has returned. She implores her escort to the doctor's office, the dope-smoking matron Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis), to tell ''all my children.'' And Bam, in a marijuana daze, thinks that she's being told to go home and watch All My Children. This goes back and forth for awhile (somewhere in comedy heaven, Groucho Marx is smiling, or maybe cringing). Then Mr. Brown (David Mann), who has diabetes, walks into the same doctor's office and is informed that he needs a prostate exam. There follows the inevitable slew of jokes about manhood, violation, rubber gloves, etc. It's no wonder that when we finally see Perry's joyfully strident, linebacker-size Madea bickering at a drive-in window, she sounds almost subtle by comparison. Then she drives her vintage Buick right through the fast food restaurant's front doors. So much for subtlety. Read More...,,20484201,00.html


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