Movie Review: Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011)

My girlfriend suckered me into a family movie night at her house on Christmas this past week. Normally I love watching movies at her house, but when she tossed Madea’s Big Happy Family onto the TV, I was immediately trying to come up with excuses to try and leave. I had never seen a Madea movie in my life and I was hoping to keep it that way forever, but unfortunately that isn’t the case anymore because I had to sit through the latest Tyler Perry joint to be added to Netflix.

This movie features Bow Wow, the Old Spice guy (Isaiah Mustafa), cross-dressing Tyler Perry, cancer, Maury Povich, marijuana, religious propaganda, and an R&B-driven black-and-white montage sequence. Not only that, this is the type of movie that toys with your emotions the entire running time. It tries to makes you angry, make you smile, make you cry, make you laugh, etc. I absolutely hate movies that do this. One minute you’re supposed to feel super sad because someone died of cancer, and then thirty seconds later you’re supposed to laugh at an 80 year old Tyler Perry screaming “Choke That Ho!”

This movie is so bad it’s crazy. The only good thing I can say about it is that Tyler Perry has really found his audience. These movies make an insane amount of money and I’m sure Tyler Perry is bathing in a tub filled with $100 bills as I’m typing this. I totally understand that I’m not the target demographic the Madea movies are trying to hit, so it makes sense that I don’t like it. Lucky for him, there are many others that currently enjoy, and will continue to enjoy, these feel-good family comedy dramas for the rest of time.

Side Note: Isaiah Mustafa is one charming man. He is the one positive thing in the movie.


2 thoughts on “Movie Review: Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011)

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    Heather Rae

    January 1, 2013 at 7:09pm

    I read your review, but I refused to watch the trailer. Can’t. I’m actually sort of impressed that you were able to sit through that garbage and actually review it. I get so annoyed when any form of media that I hate is on anywhere near me. Whether it’s Mumford&Sons or Tyler Perry’s Tyler Perry. WORST. I have a couple of reviews to write as well for horrible shit. eeeeeeeeee!!!

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    January 3, 2013 at 10:36pm

    Tyler Perry=Literal Worst

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