By Stephanie Zacharek
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Five months after showing how bad he could do all by himself in adapting Ntozake Shange, Tyler Perry returns to transferring his own stage work to the screen, donning once again the Lane Bryant floral prints that have made his millions. Like its predecessors, this Madea film features a saintly matriarch (Loretta Devine), a vilified bourgie princess, emasculated husbands, trifling heifers, a lengthy church scene, last-minute revelations about childhood-sexual abuse, a maternity truth-bomb, and the title character's slaps and sass. The melodramatic messages also remain the same: Get right with the Lord; open up about those shameful family secrets so the healing can begin; and teach those kids to stop being so damn disrespectful. But the amount of clowning and nonsense in Madea's Big Happy Familyexcessive even by Perry's standardsall but muffles the community-outreach function (which also includes a brief mention of the dangers of diabetes) his films have always served. Too lazy (and, it seems, cynical) to give his audiences any more than he thinks they want, Perry appears to have given up on making a coherent movie altogether. No thank yer.
Its amazing how so many try to discredit Mr. Perry's abilities simply because he has found a formula that works and is sticking to it. So what if the message is similar? At least it gives some of us hope and encouragment. Forget black or white, the movie industry has been using the same plot and story line for year so why is it a problem now? Maybe instead of always being so negative and trying to discourage people from seeing his movies, you can spend some time doing your job and provide some constructive criticism. I haven't even seen the movie yet but your negitivity just makes me want to see it more. And whether it is bad or not, his veiwers are faithful and will still go see the next movie he comes out with! Go ahead Tyler, I love your work :-)
And what is wrong with movies that teach something other than violence, sex and drugs.? Uplifting black people is what he does. Trying to show Holly white hood that blacks can be something other than deadbeat daddy, pimps hoes, and drug dealers. it must be so scary for the racist people in the world to see a successful black man. Maybe it isn't even about race maybe it is just plain to goodness jealousy
Ben, you did not learn anything from Mr. Perry's movies. From your response you obviously understood what Sak was stating. Instead of making a personal attack on him why did you not simply explain the authors points or yours, assuming you had any?
I think the Perry movies are great. They have a positive, Christian message and there is always at least one character or scenario that most people can relate.
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