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Madea's Big Happy Family Review

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3.5

Dave White Profile

They're not happy, but you'll be. Read full review

3.0

Grae Drake Profile

Won't win converts, but it's Perry's best yet. Read full review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Predictable but occasionally funny comedy has adult themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Tyler Perry dramedy is very similar to its predecessors, with lots of family dysfunction and some fairly adult themes amid the jokes -- including questions about paternity, drug abuse, and drug dealing, marital woes, and references to rape. There’s a fair amount of swearing, though no F-bombs, and one character loves to smoke weed. Nevertheless, there are also a lot of discussions about faith, forgiveness, and the importance of family.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about family. What does family mean to you? What faults can you accept among family members? Which are harder to go along with?
  • What is the film saying about the role of faith in helping people face hardships?
  • Does the movie reinforce or undermine any stereotypes?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Although family relationships can be messy, hurtful, and dysfunctional, the movie makes the point that love and faith can see families through the worst circumstances.

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    Role models: The matriarch at the heart of this dysfunctional family is pious and kind-hearted to a fault; she lets her own kids disrespect her even when she’s at the most difficult junction of her life. Her patience is amazing, as is her willingness to accept her children for who they are. On the down side, many women are portrayed as shrewish, and some characters place a lot of value on owning nice things and having lots of money to purchase them.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Men joke about shutting up their wives; a woman disciplines everyone, even kids, with insults and slaps. The same character rams her car into a fast food restaurant and pelts a worker with food. A brief discussion about how an uncle raped his niece. Lots of yelling.

  • sex false1

    Sex: A retiree attempts to fondle a doctor in an examination room. Much discussion about baby mamas and their attempts to figure out the father of their children. A few innuendoes.

  • language false2

    Language: One "s--t," plus “damn,” “ho,” “hell,” "ass," “jackass,” "oh my God," and a number of bleeped-out words during one scene meant to take place on a TV show.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Mention of Mercedes Benz.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One character smokes weed like a chimney; another character reluctantly sells drugs.

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