Madea's Big Happy Family (2011) - Comedy, Drama

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The crazy and comical Mabel Simmons, otherwise known as Madea, tries to wrangle her fighting family together for a family dinner regarding the health of her niece Shirley.

IMDB: 4.7
Director: Tyler Perry
Stars: Tyler Perry, Loretta Devine
Length: 106 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 10 out of 36 found boring (27.77%)

One-line Reviews (16)

Tyler Perry produces entertaining morality plays.

The humor is bland and "too loud" at the same time, if that makes sense.

Perry's characters are all one-dimensional -- we have either good and saintly OR bad and wicked OR unimportant and bland.

And Teyana Taylor's ANNOYING SIREN is totally trite.

He usually drags those out way too long for my taste.

His rhythm moves as comedic scene, dramatic scene, comedic scene, etc. I think the comedy portions are better than the dramatic portions, but the flip flopping between the two makes things feel dull.

This narrative hodgepodge is enough to make one forget all of Perry's accomplishments thus far within the film, from the brutal realism of a tough marital situation and creating one of his most unpredictable characters into a rare laugh riot.

Ah well, in a world build on reality television and all action no story films should we really expect anything other than the dummies of the world to outnumber the smarts?

An enjoyable roller-coaster ride that brings laughter and tears .

Yet another formulaic feature from Tyler Perry.

very enjoyable, I would recommend this movie for any couple who wants to have a light evening of fun.

I don't watch many movies mostly because I am disappointed and find them a waste of time after.

Not-surprisingly, Perry parades the usual stereotypical characters across the screen; piles on pop cultural psychobabble blended with religious fervor, and then pays off suspenseful situations with predictable goodwill in his adaptation of his own stage play, minus most of the musical interludes.

OK, first of all, has Tyler perry bought TBS or do the owners owe his family reparations because he's single handedly making that network unwatchable...

Both sisters are convinced that the other sister is a despicable human being, unbeknownst to themselves that they're both unbearable.

Madea's Big Happy Family is a great deal of fun at times and a dreary slog at others, making it a fairly accurate depiction of life in the eye of someone who is "this close" to fully portraying everything in a believable and balanced manner.