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Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail Review Critics


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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's a tale soggy with the kind of race/class lessons that Madea, the director-star's battle-ax alter ego, doles out far more handily (and entertainingly) in a single church-lady-from-hell zinger.

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    For all its staleness, the melodramatic main story does contain enough good acting and resonant scenes.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Same old Madea jokes served up in yet another morality tale.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like all of Tyler Perry's Madea films, this comedy alternates between comedy (the parts featuring the Madea character) and drama (a subplot featuring a prostitute). Violence is both comic (Madea resists arrest) and disturbing (a pimp abuses young prostitutes), and there are several sexual references -- to prostitution, prison romance, and more. Although the consumerism isn't too overt, there are many scenes of cigarette and marijuana smoke, as well as drinking. Language includes "hell," "damn," and the like.

  • Families can talk about the movie's message of forgiveness and personal responsibility. Does that come through amid all of the broad humor?
  • How is Madea represented? Does she have redeeming characteristics, oris she just a caricature? Do you think Madea is right that parentsshouldn't be blamed for their children's failures?
  • Why do you think Tyler Perry is so popular? Have you seen his other movies?What do they have in common? Who are they targetedat, and why do they appeal to that audience? Do you like him better ashis character Madea or as a "regular" actor? Why?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Although the movie's overall messages of forgiveness and taking responsibility for your own actions are positive, there's a lot of questionable behavior in the film.

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    Role models: Madea is vengeful to the point of craziness, and characters lie, cheat, and betray one another.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Some of the violence is cartoonish, like when Madea shoves police officers and resists arrest, or when she knocks out a burly woman in prison. But some of the other violence is disturbing, like when young prostitutes are physically abused by a pimp. Discussion of rape.

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    Sex: Three of the main characters are current or former prostitutes, and several "women of the night" are shown on the street picking up tricks. In one scene, a prostitute is shown in bed (bare shoulders and legs) with a man in underwear sleeping on top of her. There are also discussions about life as a prostitute. Two couples kiss and embrace, while several characters flirt -- in the case of Joe and his bawdy elderly friends, pretty raunchily. A masculine woman prisoner comes on to a fellow prisoner.

  • language false2

    Language: Language includes "bastard," "damn," "pimp," "hell," "oh my God," "titty," and the like.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Featured brands include Apple/Mac, Coca-Cola, Schweppes Ginger Ale, and Big K-Mart.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Joe smokes marijuana on a few occasions -- as a joint and also using a bong. At a party of mostly seniors, most attendees drink beer and other cocktails. Several characters smoke cigarettes, and there are many conversations about drug addiction and rehab.