I want to start this review off by saying I love Madea. She is the elderly, angry black woman that I would like to grow to be some day. In almost every version of Madea, I have found something redeeming to enjoy. So it is with a very heavy heart that I must say I can not recommend A Madea Christmas to even die hard fans of the franchise.
In this installment, itâ€™s road trip time for Madea. She is traveling with her adult niece Eileen (Anna Maria Horsford), from Atlanta to rural Alabama to surprise Eileenâ€™s daughter Lacey (Tika Sumpter). However, Lacey has secretly gotten marriedâ€¦to white guy Connor (Eric Lively).It has all the standard Madea shenanigans, and Madea goes off on a tangent more than once, eventually saving the day with her age old, slightly threatening wisdom.
So why didnâ€™t I like it? It has all the standard Madea fueled moments, but I guess this time, the jokes felt a bit thin. It was as if the whole story was cobbled together so Tyler Perry could get a Christmas movie out in December, just in time for the holiday movie rush. [more…]
The central issue in the story is Eileenâ€™s racism, and dealing with her daughters surprise interracial marriage. It watches like an attempt to follow the much better â€œGuess Whoâ€™s Coming to Dinnerâ€. Unfortunately, the clumsy attempt turned Eileen into a racist caricature, spewing out bigoted, classist statements and uttering venom at every turn. I spent the majority of the movie wondering why Lacey didnâ€™t toss her mother out on her ass.
Meanwhile, while this movie seems to be trying to teach a lesson about race, its lofty expectations fall short, because Lacey moved to a completely backwards tiny town in Alabama, where every single white person is an ignorant, three tooth hillbilly with a closet full of KKK robes. The alleged genius Connerâ€™s dad is Larry the Cable Guy.
I wish that guy would just stick to doing heartburn commercials.
While the acting certainly isnâ€™t Broadway caliber, it never has been in any Madea franchise, and I hardly expected this one to be any different. However, the acting in this one was just plain terrible. Even Tyler Perryâ€™s Madea seemed off. The only person who was remotely believable was Larry the Cable Guy, and thatâ€™s only because he spent the majority of the movie gagging up his tired, overused lines from his stand up career. Hey Larry the Cable Guy? Youâ€™re a dumb white guy. We get it. You donâ€™t see Jeff Foxworthy still stumbling around telling â€˜you might be a redneck jokes,â€™ do you? Then just stop. The redneck movement is over.
Haphazard subplots about racism, reverse racism, the true meaning of Christmas (hint; itâ€™s all about Jesus) abound. While Madea is usually good for a laugh, this one was just not worth it. It mainly felt like it was cobbled together from as many half written screenplays as Tyler Perry could find, and then released in a hurry in order to get that sweet, sweet Christmas movie revenue.
And Tyler Perry wants to lecture us about the true meaning of Christmas?
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