3 April 2018 | vchimpanzee
I did not see the entire movie. The listings said it started at 2 and that's when recording started. But when I watched, the commercial break ended precisely as the recording started. Already, Jake had foolishly invested his church's money and he was telling FBI agent Brian. In a related story (as I realized later), Brian had to find a place for a family in witness protection to stay. He chose the home of his Aunt Madea and her brother Uncle Joe. As soon as I saw the family, I realized I knew them. Earlier in the day, I turned on a different TV with a DVR that records from an antenna (the other DVR uses cable) and met a dysfunctional family. I didn't have time to watch any more of this movie, as I had something to watch that the DVR had recorded, but I assumed I had seen it somewhere and could tell I would have really enjoyed it. I even checked the listings (which I don't normally do) and saw "To be announced". No, this channel is not on cable and I wouldn't have seen what it was showing anyway. The bratty teenage daughter resented being told to accept her father's second wife.
Yes, these people were as much fun as I assumed they would be when I was introduced. A lot of details were missing but I was able to figure out what had happened. Eugene Levy's George was in charge of keeping records but was not one of the bad guys. He simply had to prove this to others in the FBI, though Brian believed him. Meanwhile, the family was going to have to deal with the oversize personality of Aunt Madea, and her comical brother. Not easy, considering Cindy had no respect for anyone. Aunt Madea wasn't having that. And she came up with a solution for Cindy's sass eventually. Doris Roberts was funny as a family member losing her mind.
Whether she could act or not, Denise Richards sure was pretty to look at, and even if Cindy hated her, she was nice enough. And I'm not overly critical. Richards seemed good enough to me.
Eugene Levy, of course, gave his usual good performance doing what he does best, a frustrated and somewhat wimpy man who can't seem to cope with all the chaos around him.
John Amos did his usual fine job as the pastor. I don't quite understand why he would be here, because years ago he complained about a quality TV series he co-starred in being taken over by a clown. This is different? Maybe he needed the money, but of course he added to the quality here.
Regardless of what anyone thinks of Tyler Perry, he was great here in three very different roles, and the visual effects crew made him appear to be in scenes with himself quite convincingly. Dignified as the FBI agent, silly as Uncle Joe, and, well, what can you say about Madea? I've seen a couple of her movies and you just have to like her, if you are capable of it. She won't take that kind of business from anyone, but if you let her show you love, she will. What I wasn't expecting was the road trip, and getting through airport security was absolutely hilarious. And Madea in the big city? Priceless! All the deception and scheming really made this work for me.
And what a choir! I'm not really a fan of black church music, but these people were fantastic.
No, it won't win Oscars. It's just fun.