Meet the Browns

User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 10 out of 26

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  1. Jordan
    Mar 21, 2008
    10
    I thought it was great. Great story, not overdone. Good job, Tyler Perry.
  2. JamieJ.
    Mar 21, 2008
    10
    Lots of down home southern laughter.
  3. Jul 9, 2012
    10
    Give credit to Tyler Perry for not glamorizing drug dealing, criminal activities, selfish actions and the like. Tyler Perry advocates practical Christian and family values, and it ends up making a masterpiece! I love this movie as well as every other Tyler Perry films! Of course as expected critics underestimate ANOTHER great movie by Tyler Perry. Of course people will rate this movie lowGive credit to Tyler Perry for not glamorizing drug dealing, criminal activities, selfish actions and the like. Tyler Perry advocates practical Christian and family values, and it ends up making a masterpiece! I love this movie as well as every other Tyler Perry films! Of course as expected critics underestimate ANOTHER great movie by Tyler Perry. Of course people will rate this movie low because they're JEALOUS that Tyler Perry is so wealthy and succesfull! Remember jealousy is a sin!!!... Collapse
  4. Terrad
    Mar 23, 2008
    2
    This movie was TERRIBLE. It was not very funny, and there was a lot of over-acting. I would wait for video...and then I still wouldn't rent it.
  5. AlonsoM.
    Apr 7, 2008
    0
    Jordan, Jamie and Diva Dude down there are obviously the same person or Mr. Perry. I have never been able to sit through one of this man's movies. Why? Because they've already been made! Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Love Jones, The Inkwell, How Stella Got Her Groove Back...I could go on forever but the point is, his movies don't deserve the popularity they get. The only Jordan, Jamie and Diva Dude down there are obviously the same person or Mr. Perry. I have never been able to sit through one of this man's movies. Why? Because they've already been made! Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Love Jones, The Inkwell, How Stella Got Her Groove Back...I could go on forever but the point is, his movies don't deserve the popularity they get. The only reason they're popular is because his target audience either doesn't want to go to the video store or has lost their memory. Expand
  6. CorneliaG.
    Mar 25, 2008
    4
    Same story, same characters, same lines, same settings, same lessons, different movie. Tyler's got to be more talented than he's delivering or is he?
  7. DivaTude
    Mar 21, 2008
    9
    I loved the story and the acting. It takes most of the funny lines from the play and brings it to the big screen.
  8. ChadS.
    Mar 25, 2008
    3
    Filmmaker Tyler Perry is the Kurt Cobain of American cinema. Like "Nevermind", Perry's films perform beyond the niche market it was intended for. 2002 became the year "black film" broke, when "Diary of a Mad, Black Woman" grossed over fifty-million dollars, a then-unprecednted sum for a black independent film. Perry's movies are mainstream, but make no mistake about it, "Meet Filmmaker Tyler Perry is the Kurt Cobain of American cinema. Like "Nevermind", Perry's films perform beyond the niche market it was intended for. 2002 became the year "black film" broke, when "Diary of a Mad, Black Woman" grossed over fifty-million dollars, a then-unprecednted sum for a black independent film. Perry's movies are mainstream, but make no mistake about it, "Meet the Browns" is a "cult film" at its core, like Nirvana was an "alternative" band, who suddenly became wildly popular. While other indies enjoy wide-release success, the Perry oeuvre differs in this very important respect: The audience that Perry caters to is often a disenfranchised one. We're talking about African-American women. "Meet the Browns" is a black chick-flick. In the last six years, Perry has created his own private Hollywood by being a blaxploitation director who makes respectable films for a middle-brow audience. With "Meet the Browns", Perry alienates the fanbase, in a scene, in which the oldest son of the family patriarch refers to his father's women as "hos", in a naked attempt to be all things to all people. Being black himself, Brown should realize that no respectable "gangsta" would be caught dead at "Meet the Browns", so why rankle the converted with a street lexicon? In another scene, Madea is being chased by a convoy of police squad vehicles and excitedly proclaims, "I'm going to be on "Cops"!" This is Chapelle-lite. This is like Wayne Brady's performance as a gangbanger on "The Dave Chapelle Show". Perry is satirizing his own "vanilla" image by being an outlaw. But gangsta rap and incarceration infringes on the fantasy aspect of a single mother of three who goes to Georgia and lives happily-ever-after. That's not what the audience paid for. Expand
Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Features a fine performance by Angela Bassett, but her work is the sole subtle element.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    60
    Often plays more like "Tyler Perry's Greatest Hits" as it recycles various elements from the writer-director's earlier works.
  3. Many of the cast members originated their roles onstage, and the ensemble scenes capture the spirited sense of fun that is Perry's trademark.