Opening Friday, Madea's Big Happy Family is the sixth movie in which writer/director/actor Tyler Perry plays the bombastic matriarch Madea. It wasn't screened for critics, so a review is not available.
This time around Madea learns her niece is ailing and employs her tough love to get the grown children to forget their own problems and support Mom.
Why didn't Lionsgate screen it for critics? The studio did not comment. But Perry rarely screens films for critics, certainly not the Madea titles. We see his point: He has a loyal following and his movies are critic-proof, so why bother?
Why we'd see it: As a stage play it got some OK reviews.
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Why we wouldn't: A little of Madea's brusque charm goes a long way.
Robert W. ButlerMcClatchy Newspapers