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Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

Perry Christmas to all and to all… uh… what? Read full review

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  • 2.0
    28

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  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    The clunky narrative doesn’t ring true for a second, and the hackneyed dialogue is even worse.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Variety Andrew Barker

    An exceptionally poor piece of holiday cash-in product, rushed and ungainly even by the low standard set by Perry's seven previous Madea films, yet it should be every bit as profitable.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Joyless holiday comedy tackles race and class with clichs.

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?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie's best message is that love is color blind, and that you fall in love with a person, not their entire race. But the movie also has positive messages about the importance of being honest with your parents (and vice versa), how you should never humiliate or act ashamed of the person you love, and how Christmas is both a religious and secular holiday.

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    Role models: Madea, for all her flaws, is honest and open-minded. She keeps encouraging Eileen to give Lacey space and let her live her life. She's also accepting of Lacey and Conner's marriage. Conner and his parents go out of their way to make their daughter-in-law happy. Eileen, on the other hand, is very racist and classist, as the obvious foil in the film.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Madea makes a joke about shooting someone who tells a racist joke. She's frightened after stumbling into a KKK meeting. A man is in a car accident and is saved right before his truck catches fire. A father seems borderline abusive to his son and his wife. Madea jokingly threatens to punch and kill people.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Madea makes a joke about being "horizontal" with two famous Civil Rights activists. Lacey and Conner kiss a couple of times. Buddy makes references to Kim's behind, boobs, and sex life. They are "caught" playing a game where he covers himself with a sheet and looks like a ghost in bed, but they're interrupted before anything risque happens. References to "red light district," the town whorehouse, foreskin, and lingerie.

  • language false2

    Language: Commonly used words include "damn," "hell," and the occasional "bulls--t," as well as insults like "whore," "stupid," "liar," "tramp," and "redneck."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Car brands such as Land Rover, Ford, Cadillac.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Madea jokes that she used to sell trees that make you happy when you smoke them; later she asks if the farm is growing marijuana. Jokes about Viagra and family moonshine.

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