Rated: PG-13 for sexual references, crude humor and language. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: December 13, 2013 Released by: Lions Gate Films
Madea has given us a great ride with her confident sarcastic personality which moves others by the end of each film. I like Madea, but in this production we realize it's time for Madea to head to assisted living.
The story brings Madea (Tyler Perry) with her friend Eileen (Anna Marie Horsford) head to Eileen's daughters for Christmas. The daughter Lacey (Tika Sumpter) is not interested in having her controlling mother present at the holiday celebration, partly because mom is not flexible and has expectations which are not met. She also must deal with Buddy and Kim (Larry the Cable Guy and Kathy Najimy) who are now part of the family celebration.
As secrets are revealed Eileen is played as stiff and unbending and not willing to accept that her daughter will live a life different than her design.
All this opens the door for Madea to pontificate with her crisp sharp retorts to everyone who is not just so. But Perry appears to have run out of dialogue and in most cases it looks like he just speaks off hand making up the dialogue as he goes along. The laughs of the past Madea films are missing here and we find few laughs and long periods of dialogue rather that the precise cut up which has been in Madea past films.
it looks like Perry has run the course with Madea, he probably should retire her.
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