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Madea's Big Happy Family (2011)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 22 April 2011 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Tyler Perry

Writers:

Tyler Perry (based on the stage play by), Tyler Perry (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyler Perry ... Madea / Joe / Tyler Perry
Loretta Devine ... Shirley
Cassi Davis ... Aunt Bam
Shannon Kane ... Kimberly
Isaiah Mustafa ... Calvin
Natalie Desselle Reid ... Tammy
Rodney Perry Rodney Perry ... Harold
Tamela J. Mann ... Cora (as Tamela Mann)
David Mann ... Brown
Shad Moss ... Byron (as Shad 'Bow Wow' Moss)
Teyana Taylor ... Sabrina
Lauren London ... Renee
Steven Wash Jr. ... H.J. (as Stevie Wash Jr.)
Nicholas Milton Nicholas Milton ... Will
Benjamin 'LB' Aiken Benjamin 'LB' Aiken ... C.J.
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Storyline

Madea jumps into action when her niece Shirley receives distressing news about her health. All Shirley wants is to gather her three adult children around her and share the news as a family. But Tammy, Kimberly, and Byron are too distracted by their own problems: Tammy can't manage her unruly children or her broken marriage; Kimberly is gripped with anger and takes it out on her husband; and Byron, after spending two years in jail, is under pressure to deal drugs again. It's up to Madea, with the help of the equally rambunctious Aunt Bam, to gather the clan together and make things right the only way she knows how: with a lot of tough love, laughter - and the revelation of a long-buried family secret. Written by Lionsgate

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2010s | madea series | See All (2) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content, language and some mature thematic material | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,068,677, 24 April 2011

Gross USA:

$53,345,287

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,161,287
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The last film in the Madea film franchise to feature Cora and Brown. See more »

Goofs

When Cora and Brown are talking to the doctor, Cora picks up her purse and sets it down on the counter behind her. When the camera switches back her purse is sitting on the table between her and Brown again. See more »

Quotes

Madea: Sit down you black leprechaun looking like you're out of a damn box of chocolate, lucky charms.
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Follows Madea Goes to Jail (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

T. Eyeball
Written by 'Cheapshot' (as C. Fisher) and Jason Rabinowitz (as J. Rabinowitz)
Performed by Bridge Compositions
Published by Bridge Compositions Music Publishing (BMI)
Courtesy of Bridge Compositions
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Soul Food 2
2 February 2012 | by Marc_ActionSee all my reviews

Why not just go ahead and call this movie Soul Food 2? Only this rip off of that nicely done comedy-drama from 1997 is not even close. The brilliantly funny Loretta Divine, who first stole the show in Waiting to Exhale (1995), can't even save this movie. Here Divine play Shirley, a dying matriarch of a very dysfunctional family (just like Soul Food). But the movie never really takes off like Soul Food did. The film is infused with director/producer Tyler Perry's brand of comedy for one thing, which has become way past tired and stale.

There were a few good laughs, but overall, the movie just wasn't that funny when it tries so hard to be and all the high family drama is so predictable in Perry's movies to the point that we just don't feel sorry for these individuals when we should because, quite frankly, Perry uses the same formula over and over and over again. He always has these extreme cases of domestic violence or verbal abuse in his movies, only for everything to work out like roses in the end. And to top that off in this movie in particular, there is a high amount of overacting and bad acting. At least in his previous films there was pretty much good performances by the cast. That was the only thing that saved his movies. Not this time.

And the whole Medea routine, it's been played to the hilt. I hope Perry realizes soon that there's no more in the tank. Retire the Medea routine. Show us that you are more than a one trick pony. Come up with something new please!

Along with Tyler Perry and Loretta Divine, the movie also stars Chad "Bow Wow" Moss, and Lauren London. The rest of the cast is really not worth mentioning. Just think about the characters and plot of Soul Food when you watch this. Or better yet, skip this movie all together and just go rent Soul Food.


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