The Tyler Perry brandwagon began when the down-on-his-luck multi-hyphenate sat down and started churning out plays for urban theatres that spoke to churchgoing folks and those who would recognize the broad, sketchy stereotypes prancing around onstage because they looked and sounded like friends and family from around the way. Perry’s built-in audience transitioned into the multiplex with him when Lionsgate gambled on the niche and has made matriarch Madea (Perry) the biggest mammy of all the big drag mommas.
Here, she’s trying to unite the sordid and unruly clan of Shirley (Loretta Devine), her niece who is fighting a losing battle against cancer.
Perry loves his soapy
melodrama as much as his big boobs and housecoats, and for all the
time I spent attempting to praise the incremental development he made
as he becomes more familiar with staging stories for the screen, it's
now obvious that Perry has not only reached his plateau, but is on
the downward slope despite the fact that he continues to keep his loyal
family niche quite happy. Grade: D
Opens April 22. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.