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  • Summary: The film will be the eleventh title in the studio's hit Perry franchise. Perry will reprise his signature role as the straight-shooting Madea in the film, adapted from his new stage play "Madea's Happy Family," which is currently on tour in the U.S. Isaiah Mustafa the 'Old Spice Guy' playsThe film will be the eleventh title in the studio's hit Perry franchise. Perry will reprise his signature role as the straight-shooting Madea in the film, adapted from his new stage play "Madea's Happy Family," which is currently on tour in the U.S. Isaiah Mustafa the 'Old Spice Guy' plays Calvin, who is struggling with his marriage and family relationships. It has not been announced who will play his opposite. (Lionsgate)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Apr 22, 2011
    80
    The film is best appreciated as a showcase for the hugely popular titular character, with Perry tearing into the role with hugely entertaining comic gusto.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd Gilchrist
    Apr 22, 2011
    70
    So satisfying and surprisingly fun.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    Apr 25, 2011
    70
    That there is little difference in tone between the end credits gag reel and the previous 100 minutes represents a triumph of consistency that Burt Reynolds, even in his heyday, never achieved.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Apr 23, 2011
    50
    Another lumpy mix of broadly played ethnic comedy, deadly serious soap operatics, and aggressively rousing religious uplift. Picture may help him reconnect with faithful fans.
  5. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Apr 26, 2011
    50
    Too lazy (and, it seems, cynical) to give his audiences any more than he thinks they want, Perry appears to have given up on making a coherent movie altogether.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Apr 25, 2011
    50
    The movie proved to be an exasperating, fitfully enjoyable jumble of Perryana, full of insult humor, a gospel choir and, not to give too much away, plot elements borrowed from "Chinatown," "Precious," "Imitation of Life" and "Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke" - all restitched and Tyler-made.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 22, 2011
    20
    Perry's characters have always been drawn with broad strokes, as heroes or villains. In this case, all the villains are young women, and all the young women in this film-without exception--are monstrous.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Apr 24, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Regardless of what people say, people know what they like. People don't let society manipulate you into liking one style of work. You are free to like whatever you choose too.

    Madea's Big Happy Family IS OFF THE CHAIN! Listen, if I can stop laughing enough, I will TRY to tell you guys about the movie. 1st of all, the movie is absolutely HILARIOUS!. I couldnâ
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  2. Jun 11, 2012
    8
    Not only is the movie nonstop funny from start to finish, the cast also makes great use of the story and each person gets enough screen time.Not only is the movie nonstop funny from start to finish, the cast also makes great use of the story and each person gets enough screen time. It also teaches the life lesson that parents need to stay in control. Expand
  3. May 2, 2011
    7
    Despite the reviews, this film is funny. While the director could have cut every scene not involving himself, Cassi Davis, David Mann, andDespite the reviews, this film is funny. While the director could have cut every scene not involving himself, Cassi Davis, David Mann, and Teyana Taylor, and not lost an ounce of comedy, it had me laughing out loud on several occassions, and I'm a suburban white guy. The rest of the time is spent on contrived, though run-of-the-mill, family drama, and church scenes, as with most Tyler Perry films (not my cup of tea). That being said, I'd see it again. Keep your eye out for Teyana Taylor, who plays with gusto Sabrina, a parasitic single-mom. Expand
  4. May 14, 2011
    6
    Its a Tyler Perry movie. So of course it uses comedy and over the top melodrama to carry it. But it was still pretty fun to sit through. iIts a Tyler Perry movie. So of course it uses comedy and over the top melodrama to carry it. But it was still pretty fun to sit through. i enjoy Tyler Perry's work but you can tell that all his films feel rushed so he can do 2 films a year Expand
  5. Feb 20, 2014
    6
    This film was not good. But It's also hard to hate. I like Madea and Tyler Perry. Shocking to say but the works of Tyler Perry areThis film was not good. But It's also hard to hate. I like Madea and Tyler Perry. Shocking to say but the works of Tyler Perry are entertaining--- Occasionally entertaining. Like I said, I don't hate it, but it isn't exactly good. Expand
  6. Dec 16, 2011
    5
    Like most Tyler Perry films, this oscillates rather jarringly from broad laughs to cheap tragedy. Even if thereâ
  7. May 18, 2011
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This time the role-reversal stratagem isn't the stuff of science fiction, when in Sanaa Hamri's "Something New", a black female corporate executive and her friend help themselves to champagne flutes sitting atop a gold platter carried by the white help. "White Man's Burden", the 1995 "Twilight Zone"-like thriller, was full of such racially-oriented topsy-turviness, but the America that Kenya(Sanaa Lathan) lives in, isn't an alternative one. She belongs at that lavish engagement party, admiring the azaleas and lavender in the landscaped garden situated alongside the French-style mansion owned by a waspish old woman, who treats this black woman as an equal, without ceremony. Poles apart from the segregated world of Sirk's "Imitation of Life", in which a light-skinned black girl passes herself off as white in order to be accepted by a wider breadth of society, Kenya gains entrance into white circles, hair weave and all, because she's united through the fellowship of social class. Born into privilege, Kenya has no past to escape from, unlike Kimberly, who in this film, uses her elegance and sophistication as a weapon against the family she despises for being poor. Whereas Sarah Jane rejected her mother for being a "Negro", it's not skin color, but rather the perception that Shirley is too "ghetto" that rankles Kimberly. The real estate agent isn't at all ashamed of being black. It's the sort of black family she was born into that is the problem. Such elitism, in just about any other film, would be frowned upon in an instant. Of course, there are exceptions to any rule, and that's the case here, because this black woman's roots, in all honesty, gives credence to her revulsion. As many critics have pointed out in the past, this filmmaker's oeuvre is "Bamboozled" for real. In other words, a minstrel show. What sort of mother(Aunt Bea), whose daughter(Loretta) is undergoing a cancer exam, flirts shamelessly with the attending doctor and smokes pot in the hospital bathroom? What woman wouldn't want to distance herself from that? Loretta's impending death(which her high-maintenance daughter unfairly knows nothing about), in addition to Kimberly's horrible treatment of her husband, obscures the fact that she's no different from any other adult child who severs ties with the families they clash with.That's because we're too busy being manipulated by the filmmaker's misogynistic designs on womanhood. Tammy, the older sister, arguably, is even worse, since her nasty disposition can't be traced back to a childhood rape. And then there's Byron, a former drug dealer, who turns out to be Kimberly's son, not brother, involved with not one, but two mean-spirited women(his baby mama & his current girlfriend), both who have no humanizing qualities to speak of. Sadly enough, Lathan, so good in "Something New", plays a Kimberly-esque character in "The Family That Preys Together", which makes conspicuous the filmmaker's disposition regarding the woman as breadwinner in a marriage, since Andrea and Kimberly are portrayed as "strong" women in the worst possible sense of the word, emasculating their respective husbands to the brink of emotional sadism. In retrospect, "The Family That Preys Together" functions as as cynical response to "Something New", deconstructing Hamri's vision of the black woman by rejiggering them with the attributes of a man-eater. This filmmaker, estranges the empowered female from the audience with her unrelenting cruelty, inducing us into clamoring for something old like a housewife. Because he can count on the conservative nature of his base, Kimberly is demonized for her assimilation into polite white society, since higher education and upward mobility go against the grain of his fans' "keeping it real" mentality. With each new offering, the cultural war over African-American representation between black intellectuals and black evangelicals resumes itself. The scene involving Kimberly, in her capacity as a real estate agent, showing off property to a white couple before Madea interrupts the open house, is a typically polarizing moment. It signifies different things for different people. With Kimberly's back to the picture window, the moviegoer and the couple witnesses an old dilapidated car pull up in the driveway. Like she was shout of a cannon, Madea opens the rusty door and makes her way to the house. To his ardent supporters, watching Kimberly being put in her place by the grandmother with linebacker-like shoulders, satisfies their outrage that one of their own has the gall to move up the social hierarchy. But to the filmmaker's many high-profile detractors, the window is transformed into a movie screen when the niece stands in juxtaposition with Madea, as the mammy encroaches on the contemporary black woman like a specter from yesteryear, undoing the yeoman's work of female black filmmakers who have all tried to take the spook out of "spook". Expand

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