Over the years, I’ve discovered that Mabel “Madea” Earlene Simmons does not appreciate it when others “break the ninth commandment” by testifying falsely on her behalf. That’s why, for “A Madea Homecoming,” she needs to take out her trusty revolver from her handbag and crack a cap in Tyler Perry’s posterior.
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Although the injury would be self-inflicted, it would be consistent with the individual’s personality. The last time we’d see Perry’s most famous character was in “A Madea Family Funeral,” as Perry has stated on the record.
You may also recall that I began my review of that picture by saying, “Tyler Perry must think I’m Boo Boo the fool; there’s no way I’m going to believe that “A Madea Family Funeral” is his signature character’s swan song.”
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I can’t blame Perry for taking all that Netflix money to walk back his statement. Don’t hate the player; hate the game, as the old adage goes. But I do blame the writer/director/producer/star for ignoring the more outlandish ideas and crueller parts of humour he sprinkles throughout his scripts.
Perry’s movies usually have a distressing sense of unbalance, where interesting throwaway jokes and concepts are given short shrift while the stale, repeatedly repeated cliches are pushed on for what feels like an eternity.
And despite the fact that his projects might be completed in a lean 80 minutes, he has an unhealthy obsession with exceeding the two-hour threshold.
One Item in This is Novel.
Although Perry has dabbled in R-rated films before, “A Madea Homecoming” is the first of the Madea films to receive a R classification. Instead, it receives the TV-MA label. Netflix missed a major opportunity to alert us that the show was rated TV-MA-DEA, although they do explain that the rating is due to the language.
“Finally!” As I predicted, Madea used the f-bomb. In fact, before the opening credits roll, she exclaims, “this motherf—-er is truly on fire!” Mr. Brown (David Mann), a recurring character in “Delirious,” plays MFer by imitating Eddie Murphy’s uncle Gus by burning himself on fire by spraying several bottles of lighter fluid and some gasoline over a grill.
Mr. Brown is getting ready for the cookout to celebrate the college graduation of Tim (Brandon Black), Madea’s great-grandson. Together with his biracial roommate Davi (Isha Blaaker), he will be returning home. They are in their automobile when we first see them.
Tim has some significant news he needs to share with his family, and Davi drops hints about it. Troublemaker uncle Joe (Tyler Perry) makes a sarcastic remark as soon as he spots them cuddling up on the couch together, wondering aloud what their little secret could be.
He explains, “Your Uncle Peaches shared an apartment for 40 years.” In the meantime, horny elderly lady Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis) flirts with the stunningly attractive Davi by promising him the kind of things that can only be spoken in a TV-MA film. Joe says, “It won’t do you no good.”
Sylvia, Laura’s best friend, is also there, as are Tim’s mother Laura (Gabrielle Dennis), grandmother Cora (Tamela J. Mann), and aunt Ellie (Candace Maxwell) (Geneva Maccarone). Sylvia, a divorce attorney, mediated Laura’s split from her petty husband Michael (Amani Atkinson).
Uncle Joe goes ballistic when Ellie arrives in her police suit. As a result, there are some awkward pauses in the conversation concerning whether or not the police are good. A dinner scene including such a conversation serves as a ten-minute advertisement for Red Lobster.
When it comes to close-ups, Perry is more generous to the food than to the actors. Both the plot and the food in this film appear like they’d be difficult to digest.
Davi’s Irish aunts, Cathy (Jennifer Gibney) and Agnes Brown (Brendan O’Carroll), are also introduced in “A Madea Homecoming.” The fact that Agnes shares a surname with Mr. Brown makes him laugh. Like Madea, Agnes is portrayed by a man in drag.
Mrs. Brown’s Boys,” a long-running BBC programme, follows Agnes Brown as its protagonist. Agnes’s show also has a TV-MA rating since she uses the letter F in nearly every sentence. I have no idea how well-received Madea is in the UK, but this short certainly raises the possibility of a Madea-themed crossover.
To be honest, I was expecting the relationship between Tim and Davi to be the basis of the movie’s sudden turn to dramatic soap opera drama, given that every Madea movie had one. That, however, is not the case. Tim may be gay, but Davi is not the one for him.
Considering the Director’s History of Homophobic Backlash,
Tim’s coming out is treated with surprising casualness. However, the actual plot is so ridiculously complicated and soapy that I feel obligated to give Perry credit. It’s not as crazy as the dinner scene in “Why Did I Get Married?” where the couple’s secrets are revealed, but it’s still pretty crazy.
A botched marriage proposal, a battle between romantic rivals, an Irish farm full of bulls suffering from erectile dysfunction, and many people sleeping with people they probably shouldn’t be screwing are just some of the problems that arise in this story. As usual, it’s a complete and utter disaster.
The Credits Are The Best Part of The Movie.
Don’t worry; I’m not trying to be snide. Something happens after the credits roll (perhaps the “homecoming” referenced in the title). Madea, in her long hair and shorts, plays Beyoncé, while the Morehouse Marching Band provides the musical accompaniment.
To top it all off, it’s very funny. It was great to watch snippets of Perry singing and dancing as Madea, something he usually cuts out of the movies based on his plays. She’ll have you forgetting about the first “Drunk in Love” while you revel in the ridiculousness of it all.
Maybe “A Madea Homecoming” would have been fantastic if Perry had just made the whole movie about this concert and cut out the ridiculous black-and-white flashback section in which Madea is pitted against her romantic rival Rosa Parks (yes, that Rosa Parks).
A Madea Family Funeral, the last film in the series, was one of the better entries in the franchise. If Madea had known how far she had come, she would have given up earlier.