Boo! A Madea Halloween
Boo! A Madea Halloween
Posted by Wilson Morales
It’s been nearly three years since Tyler Perry donned on his alter ego Madea persona and was last seen on the big screen with “A Madea Christmas.” Within that time period, Perry has been trying other avenues with David Fincher’s Gone Girl, which he received critical acclaim, Single Moms Club and most recently, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
After Chris Rock’s 2014 Top Five featured a scene where there was “Boo! A Madea Halloween” film, Perry and his producing team decided actually do a film on that concept. With “Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween,” it doesn’t seem like Perry has lost a step in making people laugh. Madea is still the same ole gun-toting big woman that hasn’t lost her fanbase, but the while there are plenty of scenes that work, the longer the film plays, the barrel of laughs become empty.
Brian (Tyler Perry), Madea’s nephew and who has appeared in 4 of the 9 Madea films, is a single father to 17-year-old Tiffany (Diamond White) and BJ (Dee Dubois). With an overprotective father always lurking, Tiffany just wants to be a normal teenage and hang out with her friends Rain (Bella Thorne), Leah (Lexy Panterra) and Aday (Liza Koshy). When they walk by the house of Upsilon Theta Fraternity and are asked by their frat leader Jonathan (YouTube star Yousef Erakat) to attend their party, Brian, upon discovering the invite, tries to make sure she doesn’t make that date.
With Tiffany’s mom not available to look after her while he’s out on work business, Brian brings in his favorite aunt Madea and her crew, his dad Joe (Perry), Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis), and Hattie (Patrice Lovely) for help. Joe doesn’t do much but sit down and joke left and right while Aunt Bam is making the most of having a prescription card for medical marijuana. Dressed and ready to go, Tiffany sets up her family with scare stories and pranks before sneaking off with Aday for the party. Not to be outwitted by a disrespectful teen, Madea goes to the party to bring her home but not has to now deal with Jonathan and his crew ready to unleash their own Halloween party on Madea.
With Perry playing three roles (Madea, Joe, and Brian) as well as being the writer, director and co-producer, it has be taxing to do it all and lucky for him and the film, he has Davis & Lovely to nearly steal the film as Aunt Bam & Hattie. Beside the clown scenes with Madea and Joe, Lovely’s twerking moment is a riot. If you’ve seen enough of the Madea films, you know that Madea used to be and at times carried that no-nonsense voice of reason and that’s what been the selling point to the character all these years. She just won’t put up with anything or anyone. Recalling her days as a stripper, going to jail, and disobeying the law in any way with low-bow humor worked for years as a marketing tool. Lately it’s starting to wear thin and although bringing in new talent such as White, Erakat & Panterra to bring in the youth, the issue of parenting gets lost in the shuffle with mixed messages. Having Tiffany’s reason to her defiance to Brian mixed in Madea and Halloween pranks is not meant to a laughing part of the film.
One to has to believe that with Angela Bassett, Sanaa Lathan, Viola Davis, and Kathy Bates in his previous films Perry put in some thought in writing their scenes, but with a cast of unknowns, the dialogue is lazy to say the least and the more the film plays, the silliness it gets. Had he tightened the film to about 90 minutes of comedy with some really scary moments, it would play better, but at 103 minutes the dramatic side to the film is non-existent and becomes a wasted effort in Madea’s return to the big screen.