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?