OK for kids 13+
The mighty Madea preaches, but with less fire this time.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Madea's Witness Protection -- part of Tyler Perry's popular, long-running Madea franchise -- serves up more of what audiences have come to expect from the series: a righteous Madea putting people in their place. This time it's a Bernie Madoff-like character (only he doesn't know anything about the crime and was just set up) and his family, who have to hide in Madea's Atlanta house for safety. Expect some light cursing (mostly "hell" and "damn"), some sexual references/innuendoes (mostly about strippers and body parts), a few slaps, and plenty of exhortations about the right way to behave.
- Families can talk about whether Madea is a role model here, if she indulges in some rude behavior (primarily screaming and threats of bodily harm) herself. Does it matter that what she's doing is played for laughs?
- Talk about Madea's message about the youth of today and their sense of entitlement. Is she right?
- Parents, talk to your kids about the crime at the heart of this plot and what it might have been influenced by.
The good stuff
Messages: Madea's message is clear: Be a good citizen, old or young, and the world is a much better place. Also, don't take any guff.
Role models: Madea cusses and screams and sometimes resorts to corporal punishment (i.e. a slap or two) to get her point across, but that point is usually well-meaning. She thinks children should respect their elders, adults should be responsible and capable (no whining), and everyone should be mindful of their contribution to this world. The film is filled with people she "has" to teach these lessons to, from a very rude teen to a man without a backbone to a young man who resorts, briefly, to crime to help his church.
What to watch for
Violence: A man uses a gun to try to hold up a retiree, but the plan goes awry. A woman drives a car like a maniac to scare off a passenger. A family is sent a dead rat as a fear-raising tactic. Madea sometimes slaps people.
Sex: An old man ogles a young woman; a man and a woman reminisce over a one-night-stand decades earlier, and Madea talks about her days as a prostitute and stripper. Many double entendres and crude remarks (using language like "bang" and "screwed"), and a woman declares that she wants sex. References to body part size; some tight/revealing clothing.
Language: Fairly frequent use of words like "hell," "ass," "damn," and "bi-atch."
Consumerism: Some mention/appearance of brands including Gucci and Singer.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some mentions of drugs and cigarettes; Madea wants a drink (or several) while flying. A bottle of champagne is seen.
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Totally non stop Laughter by itdave
The movie is almost 2 hours and i was shocked how fast it went. i totally enjoyed it as much as the audience did. GREAT... MUST SEE!
Madea Gets Funnier by santos_themoviebuff
I had no idea how on Earth Madea could get any funnier or placed in any more outlandish situations than she has already been, but Tyler Perry did it. It's so funny, there are some tender moments in it, and most of all, it's fun. Very fun. Everyone will love it. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time.
it had me in stitches!! by artgabdieo
Everyone who is a fan of Tyler Perry will love this movie. Everyone else will watch it and wonder why they had not become fans yet!
Tyler Perry's MADEA's Witness Protection by DanaDenise
Another great Tyler Perry production! His movies reaches every emotion and everything is always "SO REAL." All ages can enjoy and much can be learned from the movie.. Keep the movies coming Mr. Perry!
Eric by cav87
To me it was the best madea movie made...Was funny from start to end...
Great job Tyler Perry!!
I will pay to see it again....
The acting, directing, was the best...
The kids where laughing older generations were laughing,EVERYONE WAS LAUGHING ....LOL
ndhurst by ndhurst
Tyler Perry is very talented! Sharp & wise. Every movie/play that I've seen is great! Always a Christian message....something everyone needs during these very trying times! Can't wait for Alex Cross to come to the theaters! BRAVO TYLER!
Madea is THE MAN by nyteach38
We had such a great time watching Madea! I just can't get enough of her! Another slam dunk Tyler Perry! I loooooved it! Hysterical! A must see!
Tyler Perry comes through again! by bowl300s
I love Tyler Perry's Madea movies and while they aren't necessarily academy award winners I think this movie and all of the others make the world a little sweeter. We can relate to the characters and we can laugh right along with them as they laugh at themselves and the sterotypical personas they are often given. I laughed, I learned, I love Madea! She's got a good head on her shoulders and a big heart to go along with her big bootie!
"I got this from Aretha Franklin" by westchesterlady
This installlment of Madea's adventures was the funniest by far! The supporting cast featuring Eugene Levy and Doris Roberts made this feature hysterical. The story line was typical Madea, but I never get tired of it because of the ad-libs and one-liners. And Joe is out of control and A great date movie!!!
41/2 stars. One glitch: In the scene when Denise Richards gets out of the car house has on shoes, in the very next scene she is wearing boots