Madea's Family Reunion (2006)

In the follow up film to Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Tyler Perry once again transforms himself into the headstrong Madea (and a few other characters along the way). Like Perry's other films, that he writes, directs and acts in, this one follows the same formula of the "triple threat."

There are some consistencies in his work across the various films. For example, they all take place, at least in part, in Atlanta. The theme of the lifestyles of the rich versus the plight of the poor is also shown as the classes clash. There is also the theme of the battered woman and how far she can be pushed to try and maintain a dysfunctional relationship.

In the middle of this is the cantankerous and lovable Madea. A headstrong matriarch, gun toting in her purse, her life of experience qualifies her to dole out advice to the rest of the family. While Madea does organize a family reunion, she also gets the challenge of fixing an unruly teen tossed into her lap.

Madea's Family Reunion has plenty of humor, with its stereotypical, cartoonish, larger than life characters. While they're not subtle, they're tolerable as they tell a larger story. I've become a Tyler Perry fan, and if you haven't seen his work yet, it's well worth a look.

Overall Grade: B+

Reviewed by Jonas

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