What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas is a holiday comedy featuring Perry's signature character, Madea. Based on Perry's Christmas play, the movie features issues like religious versus secular celebrations of Christmas, interracial relationships in the deep South, and honesty between parents and children. Language includes "damn," "hell," "whore" and other insults, and there are several references to and jokes about sex (mentions of a whorehouse, Viagra, foreskin, role playing, etc.) and race (KKK meeting, disparaging remarks about rednecks, and the horrified way a black mother acts when her daughter reveals she's married to "the help"). As for the holiday cheer, the movie advocates for religious representations of the season and for accepting that love shouldn't see color or class.
- Families can talk about the pervasiveness of Christmas-themed movies and TV specials. Why do you think there are so many? How does this Madea comedy fit into the genre?
- What do you think about the twist on the interracial relationship? Are references to interracial romance still rare?
- Why do you think Madea movies are so popular? What are this film's messages about love and Christmas?