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Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection Review

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0.5

Dave White Profile

When is Madea not Madea? Read full review

1.5

Grae Drake Profile

Madea should go Medea on Tyler Perry. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    42

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Madea is starting to look a little tired.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Village Voice Nick Pinkerton

    An agent of spiritual regeneration and showman, Perry's dramaturgy is as subtle as a Bible-thump, but until a logy last act that has Levy disguised as a faux-Frenchman, his instincts are on-target here.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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
  • message true3

    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.

  • rolemodels true2

    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 false2

    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 false2

    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 false2

    Language: Fairly frequent use of words like "hell," "ass," "damn," and "bi-atch."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Some mention/appearance of brands including Gucci and Singer.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    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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