Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family…another dramatic comedy from the mind and world of Tyler Perry. This “dramedy” concerns itself with family problems and pangs and the need for togetherness and taking advantage of every opportunity to be with family. Here’s the trailer for the latest film of Tyler Perry:
Starring Loretta Devine, Bow Wow, Tyler Perry, and Tyler Perry, and others, Madea’s Big Happy Family features the story of Devine’s character as an ailing mother who struggles with the wellbeing of herself and her divided family. This fact causes her much distress and grief. The relationships among her children and their families cause a great deal of pain to her which is very evident through Devine’s usual and seemingly effortless performance.
It is Devine’s acting and portrayal of real emotion…along with the comedic, albeit somewhat redundant, shenanigans of Madea, that keep this film afloat with any invested interest from the viewer and is the only saving grace of the movie. I remain hopeful that Perry will begin to employ more great actors in his films…because there is a lack of them in this one. Unfortunately, the constant bickering, backbiting, and fighting that takes place within the family is, at best overdone and at worst a turn off. Perry’s films most often have a deep message of betterment and family (Diary of a Mad Black Woman, I Can Do Bad All By Myself)…but Big Happy Family ends up being counter-productive.
The overly dramatic level of disrespect, argumentativeness, and division among the family members serves to send Perry’s message. But by the time the expected cliche “big speech” takes place it ends up backfiring and deviating from the original intended purpose. Audience members may pay no attention to Perry’s message claiming that they are not as awful as the overly emphatic characters in the story, and consequently that the message bears no relevance to them….resulting in the reverse effect that Perry desires from his films.
Don’t get me wrong, I tend to enjoy some of Perry’s work and actually enjoyed seeing characters from Meet The Browns, Maury Povich, and Madea in the film. But the level of drama and plain out mean-ness caused me to wish to leave the theater instead of remain. Rather uncomfortable and disconcerting at times. Perhaps again this was Tyler Perry’s intent in hopes to inspire change. The only redeeming factor of this film is the not-always-funny antics of Madea and Mr. Brown, and the acting of Loretta Devine.
If you are looking for a “dramedy” that attempts to tie together real life issues and comedy in an OVERexaggerated way, then watch Madea’s Big Happy Family, but you may not be too happy after sitting through it all….especially once Bow Wow’s character Brian’s baby mama opens her mouth and annoyingly whines Brian’s name! I, for one, will not be watching it again any time soon.
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–TheSp1der’s Score: 1.5 out of 5 stars for “Madea’s Big Happy Family”
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Oh, and just a side note question….Is anyone else tired of seeing Tyler Perry dress up as Madea? I like the character Madea, but find a funny woman to play the part already and focus on directing the films! (ok, I’m done!) 😉