Rated: PG-13 Reviewed by: Nina Release date: April 22, 2011 Released by: Lions Gate Films
Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family is just that, a great big, happy movie with many interesting characters and funny situations along with character studies and life lessons and some good old fashioned "home training".
True, most of the characters and wildly exaggerated and the situations are overblown but they are funny and outrageous nonetheless and you HAVE to laugh because you either know someone like that or have heard about someone like that. All the situations try to teach a lesson without being threatening but make you think at the same time.
You all know that I'm a HUGE fan of Loretta Devine, she was fantastic as the matriarch of the family, Shirley, desperately trying to get her family together to tell them some sad news before it is too late. She tries hard but they are all submerged in their own problems but have a connection to Madea in some way and Madea turns out to be instrumental in getting them together, although a little too late.
Cassie Davis is hysterical as Aunt Bam, and Brown is there, played by David Mann, with his crazy laugh and silly voice, their connection in the story is strong but the real connection is with Shirley and her children, and how their family secrets first destroy them and then build them back up and bring them together.
Bow Wow is becoming a strong actor, his forte seems to be comedy with just the right amount of drama mixed it. His crazy baby momma, played with annoying clarity by Teyana Taylor, was funny to watch but by the time she was gone, you were glad!
There are strong characters, real life situations, and Madea deals with them in the way that only Madea does, with a heavy hand and a loving heart. She aggressively teaches young children the value of respect, she reveals the hurtfulness of secrets and lies then the strength of bonding when you come together to heal.
Tyler Perry's acting, along with his directing is over the top, he always incorporates real life events, in this case a guest appearance on Maury Povich, to remind folks he has his finger on the pulse of what you want to see and can relate to, and how they can enjoy themselves at the movie after spending their money on a ticket to see his movie. I say buy a LARGE box of popcorn and sit back and munch away, you will laugh, cry and recommend it to your friends to see!
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