Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail
When we last saw Tyler Perrys signature characterthe bosomy, blunt-smoking, Glock-yielding Georgia grannyshe and her brother, Joe (also Perry), were being pulled over by the po-po in a cameo in last Marchs Meet the Browns (this is Perrys third film in 11 months). Wearing a fat suit and earrings for more than two minutes for the first time since Madeas Family Reunion (2006), Perry isnt content to operate in one genre when he can stuff in at least three. He leavensnot altogether seamlesslyhis ludicrous fallen-woman melodrama (Assistant D.A. Derek Luke is determined to save crazy-wigged prostitute Keshia Knight Pulliam, a childhood friend who took a bad turn after two years in college) with Madeas broad humor: Ill rip out your urethra tube! Check off all of Perrys motifs: vilification of the black bourgie princess, tough-love Christian messages, Academy Awardnominated actresses (Viola Davis, this time) managing to maintain their dignity. As ridiculous as his films frequently are, Perry, a shrewd yet benevolent showman, knows and loves his audience. And 2009 is a particularly resonant year for Madea, who, though she out-bullies Dr. Phil and beats a butch blonde yardbird into submission, still isnt as tough as the grandma now living in the White House.
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