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Madea's Family Reunion

Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion
Tyler Perry, Lynn Whitfield, Maya Angelou, Cicely Tyson and Blair Underwood

Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: February 24, 2006 Released by: Lions Gate Films

Reunion begins in a rose covered bedroom with champagne, moves to a spa for wine and a massage but when a chip-n-dale shows up violence begins in the family. That serious tone travels throughout the script interrupted by Tyler Perry's Madea who brings stomach ache laughs through her attitude and delivery of biting lines, advice and action.

While Madea takes no crap and advises her granddaughter to do the same her daughter advises to take the hits for the security. That parallel story line is uncomfortable as our mood is set for serious then it is jumped into solid comedy. At least the comedy is better than the drama. When Perry is on the screen it's a treat.

To further complicate matters there is a Jesus saturated message throughout the script. So we are confused and uneasy. Each of the three directions could provide a film; together it doesn't quite work, because the whole is less than the sum of the parts.

It all gets solved through Cicely Tyson's words with Madea's hot grits and frying pan.

  Frank Chris Tony Jim Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion C+             C+

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