Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (2013) - Review

When Tyler Perry is portraying Madea, there’s a sparkle in his eye each time the furious, glowering, towering old gray battle-ax slips in a reference to the wild woman she once was, back in the age of Civil Rights and soul kitchens. Madea, of course, is outwardly a fuddy-duddy, a primly dressed church lady, always cocking an eyebrow of disapproval and scolding other people for their sins. But she’s also a gun-toting troublemaker who has zero respect for “the po-po.” She’s an outlaw at heart. And in Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, she slips in some quick notes of bawdy nostalgia going back to the days when she was “on that pole” (i.e., a stripper), when she hawked Christmas “trees” (i.e., marijuana), when she was on the “black market” (i.e., peddling her own flesh to survive), and when she “marched” with Jesse Jackson (but they weren’t standing up — get it?). There’s enough casually outlandish behavior in Madea’s backstory to make one think that Madea: The Early Years can’t be far behind — and, in fact, might not be a bad way to go.




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