Screen Junkies » Madea’s Big Happy Family http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 03 Oct 2014 19:52:59 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Weekend Box Office Report: Back In ‘Rio’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-back-in-rio/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-back-in-rio/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:03:46 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=208771 'Tyler Perry's Madea's Rio' would have grossed ANOTHER 50 million, easily.

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As many of you sinners may or may not be aware, last weekend was Easter weekend, commemorating the day in history when the Easter bunny rose from the dead on the third chocolate, or something. And it’s traditionally a good weekend for movies – a rule which held true this particular Easter weekend.

The number one movie for the second week in a row is Rio, with a weekend gross of $26.8 million. I already used up all my Rio jokes last week, so write your own! This ain’t the joke train, mister. In second, third, and sixth place are three new releases: The overly possessive Tyler Perry’s Madea‘s Big Happy Family, Water for Elephants, and African Cats, proving that America loves cats, elephants, and large sassy black women played by men. This bodes well for my screenplay Madea Saves Cats and Elephants, coming to a theater near you. (Box Office Mojo)

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Tyler Perry’s Right: Why Spike Lee Should Go ‘Straight To Hell’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tyler-perrys-right-why-spike-lee-should-go-straight-to-hell/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tyler-perrys-right-why-spike-lee-should-go-straight-to-hell/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2011 00:36:04 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=208032 People are entitled to their opinions, and if someone actually wants to sit through a Madea movie, that’s their problem.

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Earlier today, Tyler Perry told director Spike Lee that he could “go straight to hell.” He was right to do it.

Don’t get me wrong. I hate Tyler Perry’s work. Diary of a Mad Black Woman might be the worst movie I’ve ever seen. I feel the same way about his television shows, “Meet the Browns” and “House of Payne.” Sitting through an episode of either is painful. The characters are one-dimensional, the “jokes” are flat, and the Christian overtones are offensive. No, not because they are Christian, but because of the way the “lessons” are shoehorned into every episode, like I’m watching a religious version of “Captain Planet.” There was more subtly on the 80’s sitcom “Amen,” and that took place in a god damn church! Yes, I think Tyler Perry’s work is overrated garbage, and I don’t understand why it appeals to anyone over the age of five. And I’m certainly not alone in my view.

But so what? It’s not a crime to write crappy comedy. If it were, 95% of Hollywood (and 100% of Screen Junkies) would be in the slammer. People are entitled to their opinions, and if someone actually wants to sit through a Madea movie, that’s their problem. After all, it’s just entertainment, right? Well, not according to Spike Lee

For the past few years, the director has been taking digs at Perry’s work. But his complaints have not been about the poor writing, the lack of humor, or the overall shittyness of the shows. No, his complaints have been racial in nature, as they always are.

“Each artist should be allowed to pursue their artistic endeavors, but I still think there is a lot of stuff out today that is coonery and buffoonery,” Lee said in 2009. “I know it’s making a lot of money and breaking records, but we can do better. … I see these two ads for these two shows (Tyler Perry‘s ‘Meet the Browns’ and ‘House of Payne’), and I am scratching my head. We got a black president, and we going back to Mantan Moreland and Sleep ‘n’ Eat?”

So, Spike Lee thinks that when it comes to black sitcoms, “we can do better.” This raises an interesting question: Has Spike Lee ever watched a sitcom? With a few rare exceptions, they are all horrible, regardless of whether the characters are black, white, Asian or even god damn cavemen. They all traffic in stereotypes, and they are all filled with “buffoonery.” It goes with the territory. That’s what a sitcom is: familiar, often ridiculous characters in everyday situations that everyone can relate to. And by everyone, we’re talking the lowest common denominator.

Up until recently, “Two and a Half Men” was the most popular sitcom on television. The entire production, from top to bottom, was horse shit. The characters were predictable and boring, the writing was crap, and even so, it was the most watched comedy in the country. Everyone watches this shit, so, why does Spike Lee feel that African-American viewers are different? What makes black audiences so special?

And where does he get off telling Tyler Perry to “do better?” Who made Spike Lee the arbiter of African-American film and television? Can’t a black man make a shitty television show in peace without having some pompous asshole accuse him of dumbing down the black community? I suppose the people who enjoy “House of Payne” would instantly switch over to PBS if only Tyler Perry wasn’t around. And am I to believe that there are non-blacks out there who have turned into racists after watching Madea Goes to Jail? Actually, that doesn’t sound too far fetched now that I type it out, but you see my point.

And say what you want about Perry, but he has an inspirational story. Despite only having a G.E.D. (and, some would argue, a total lack of talent), he’s made hundreds of millions of dollars by creating shows that people can relate to. Why not be happy for him? And at least his message is positive. Why not attack “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” or any of the dozens of reality shows that perpetuate negative black stereotypes? You want to talk about “Coonery?” Turn on MTV for five minutes.

At the end of the day, there’s nothing wrong with hating Tyler Perry’s work. But acting like “Madea” is detrimental to blacks is ridiculous. It’s detrimental to everyone.

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Madea And Snooki Merge Into One Annoying Life Form http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/madea-and-snooki-merge-into-one-annoying-life-form/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/madea-and-snooki-merge-into-one-annoying-life-form/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2011 06:28:14 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203380 Scientists have combined "Jersey Shore" cast member Snooki and Tyler Perry's Madea, so it can be stuffed into a rocket ship and blasted into the sun.

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Scientists have been hard at work trying to combine aggressive “Jersey Shore” cast member and best-selling author (*shudder*) Snooki and Tyler Perry‘s aggressive, cross-dressing Black Swan ruiner Madea. They have succeeded. Now combined, the hyper-aggressive, super-annoying pop culture entity can be safely stuffed into a rocket ship and blasted into the sun.

Yeah, the Madea parody poster trend continues for Madea’s Big Happy Family. This sort of campaign is normally reserved for an Epic Movie / Disaster Movie / Terrible Parody Movie type movie. And I hate those movies. Yeah, I know the tag line on the poster below says I should not be hatin’, but I don’t care. I’m hatin’. Mmm… that’s good haterade. (Cinema Blend)

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New Trailer Explains Why Madea Exists http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-trailer-explains-why-madea-exists/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-trailer-explains-why-madea-exists/#comments Wed, 09 Feb 2011 23:24:26 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=25950 I've always been puzzled as to how Madea is a thing. This new trailer for 'Madea's Big Happy Family' answers that question. Note: the answer doesn't give the closure you want.

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Herllo!! This new trailer for Madea’s Big Happy Family finally reveals why this hammer-wielding cross-dresser exists in the first place. It’s because of people who enjoy stupidity. Do with that information what you will.

This trailer looks like the film is an adaptation of daytime television. All of it. That six hour block of television that gives you a headache and the desire to die on weekday afternoons has been boiled down and shot with a more expensive camera. Not sure how Madea fits into all of this or what her antics will be this time, but I have a strong feeling it will require she takes off her earrings.

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New ‘Madea’ Poster Far Scarier Than ‘Scream 4′ Poster http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-madea-poster-far-scarier-than-scream-4-poster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-madea-poster-far-scarier-than-scream-4-poster/#comments Tue, 01 Feb 2011 00:55:21 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23619 The poster for Scream 4 is old-school Scream-ish. The poster for the next Tyler Perry Madea movie is not.

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The poster for Scream 4 is old-school Scream-ish. The poster for the next Tyler Perry Madea movie (Madea’s Big Happy Family) is absolutely, brilliantly hilarious if you’re the type of person that enjoys Madea movies in the first place. Together, they’ve got nothing in common other than they both came out today and neither merits its own post, so hear you go, dear reader. Let’s get the bad news out of the way with Madea.

If this image haunts your nightmares, please direct all complaints to Tyler Perry. He did this I am just a conduit for his awful, awful message. Go bleach your eyes and hurry back for a decidedly less-offensive image.

Hey! It’s got a “4″ for the “A.” Other than that, it looks pretty much just like every other Scream poster, which is fine, because they’ve got a good thing going in their branding. I still think Madea looks much, much scarier. Seriously. Go back up and look at those nostrils.

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‘Old Spice Guy’ to Star in Drag Queen Fetish Film With Tyler Perry http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/old-spice-guy-to-star-in-drag-queen-fetish-film-with-tyler-perry/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/old-spice-guy-to-star-in-drag-queen-fetish-film-with-tyler-perry/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The Old Spice Guy, a.k.a. Isaiah Mustafa, has parlayed his recent popularity into a budding film career. First, he landed a smaller role in Horrible Bosses. Now comes word that Mustafa has landed a larger role in the upcoming Tyler Perry film, Madea's Big Happy Family. The film is reportedly a drag queen flick that fetishizes fat old women and strong, supportive black families. Mustafa will co-star alongside Perry, who will play the drag queen in question, and Lil Bow Wow, who will play the guy who is lucky to be working. (Empire Online)

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The Old Spice Guy, a.k.a. Isaiah Mustafa, has parlayed his recent popularity into a budding film career. First, he landed a smaller role in Horrible Bosses. Now comes word that Mustafa has landed a larger role in the upcoming Tyler Perry film, Madea’s Big Happy Family.

The film is reportedly a drag queen flick that fetishizes fat old women and strong, supportive black families. Mustafa will co-star alongside Perry, who will play the drag queen in question, and Lil Bow Wow, who will play the guy who is lucky to be working. (Empire Online)

 

 

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