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FutureStarrA A Madea Christmas
A Madea Christmas is the sixth installment in a franchise that creates a pretty common story of a woman receiving a series of presents from an unknown benefactor.
Only in movies are christians minorities and christianity isn't the dominant religion in the entirety of the United States. And, of course, not to mention the fact that they like to pretend that christianity is the only religion that matters and all others shouldn't be celebrated. I believe all religions are nonsense, but, in my opinion, there's nothing wrong with wishing someone a happy holiday instead of merry christmas. It just shows that there's far more diversity than there was in the country before, with people coming from various backgrounds and religions. So not EVERYONE is gonna celebrate the same thing during the holidays. This sort of intolerant 'my religion is more important than yours and I will let you know it' is simply an unacceptable message. But I'm not gonna get into a whole rant of the hypocrisy of christians because I won't end up reviewing this movie at all. It's all very ironic because the film, in a monologue by Kim, Conner's mother, to Eileen after she finds out her daughter is married to a white man, she makes it a point to say that the world has changed for the better. How there are more open hearts and open minds. That cognitive dissonance doe, as the kids would say. Tyler Perry is at odds with his own writing. Then again, nobody will ever accuse Tyler Perry of being a talented writer. Nobody will ever confuse his movies with truly great works of art. This movie is no different, of course. Look, the Madea character is amusing, even if it is an offensive racial stereotype, but I will never say that Tyler Perry doesn't do a good job as the character. I may not like the character at all, or Tyler Perry's movies even more so, but the guy is good at it. He adds a life and energy to the film that is hard to deny. Of course, the problem is the fact that he often sticks Madea in the background so other characters, and their terrible stories, can take the spotlight. I'm not saying a movie solely centered on Madea getting up to her antics would be any better, but it couldn't get any worse. The story in this film is horrendous, truly. Tyler Perry just doesn't know how to write drama, yet he keeps trying, hard as he might, to force dramatic stories around the Madea character, so she can give advice or whatever. Lacey, a black woman, marries Connor, a white man. Lacey knows her mother, Eileen, would disapprove so she keeps it hidden from her while letting her believe that Connor is just the farm help. Things get complicated once Connor's parents come to visit and Eileen starts to treat them, and Connor, like dog shit. It's really as bad as it sounds. Yet, and somehow, since Tyler Perry writes like he's the show-runner of a soap opera, this is one of his least "interesting" films in recent memory. Its message and moral is certainly heavy-handed, as is typical in Tyler Perry movies, but this feels like a special Christmas episode of one of Tyler's own TV series. It has that kind of quality of writing, acting, and cinematography. It's just not that good to be perfectly honest, not to mention that this was probably stretched out past its probably one hour running time. One thing was surprising though, Tyler Perry's and Larry the Cable Guy's, both of whom I don't really like that much, especially Larry, who's incredibly unfunny in my opinion, have some decent chemistry together. They crack some lame jokes together, racial jokes and whatnot, it's exactly what you'd expect, but there's a certain chemistry between them that's noticeable. If only the jokes between them were better. That's not to say there aren't some decent moments. Madea insulting people can lead to some amusing results. Though, unfortunately, the PG-13 setting sort of has her hold back on how truly cruel she could be. Then again, Tyler Perry wants to make something the entire family can sit down and enjoy. He has his audience, that's for sure, and he knows how to cater to their wants and needs. Cater is simply too nice of a word, he panders to them in the most shameless way possible. He's the only one that's truly making films for the black community, at least he's the most prominent and prolific filmmaker as of this moment. Independent films dealing with the real struggle blacks suffer through only find a small audience. And I get it, black people have it hard enough as it is in the United States, so they don't want to see films that tell them how hard they truly have it, because they already live it every day. Tyler Perry takes advantage of that with his films. It'd be one thing if his films were good, but none of his films that I've seen have been any good. I'm talking about the movies he's had a creative involvement in, JJ Abrams' Star Trek does not count. And I only stick with the Madea movies, because his other efforts just look even more terrible to me. I'm not a big fan of his melodramatic, soap opera storytelling. If it was campy enough that you'd get some unintentional laughs out of it, then it'd be one thing, but even that is missing. I'm not gonna get into a big rant about how bad Tyler Perry's movies are. But if you were a Madea fan before this film, then this gives you more of what you expect. He's preaching to the choir, essentially. Those unconverted simply won't find anything to like here. It's really quite bad honestly.
Putting the Ho Ho Ho in horrible three times, Tyler Perry's wary Madea Christmas not surprisingly gives moviegoers a piece of coal in their stocking. If a 7-foot man dressing up as a cantankerous granny didn't tickle your funny bone the first seven times, it's sure as hell not gonna strike comedy gold with this holidazed slice of bad taste. Oh, there are valuable life lessons floating around, but they mostly involve what NOT to do in a holiday flick. Here, the morals get presented in a way that's practically immoral. Putting forth Christian values by making a mockery of the virgin birth negates the message, as does rampant stereotyping on both sides of the aisle in the face of promoting racial harmony. In this PG-13-rated comedy, Madea (Perry) dispenses her unique form of holiday spirit on rural town when she's coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas. Yes, it's a message movie, but the messenger shoots himself in the foot by alienating audience with flat jokes and insipid dialogue spoken by broad caricatures. It becomes so cringe-inducingly unfunny that you begin to feel embarrassed for everybody on screen. Bottom line: It's a Woeful Life (Source: www.rottentomatoes.com)
When TYLER PERRY'S A MADEA CHRISTMAS begins, Madea(Tyler Perry) is in need of a job, so her niece Eileen (Anna Maria Horsford) gets her a retail gig at a Macy's-like department store. When Eileen finds out that her daughter Lacey isn't going to visit her for Christmas, Eileen enlists Madea to accompany her to the "country" (rural Alabama) to surprise Lacey (Tika Sumpter) for the holiday. Lacey, an elementary school teacher, tries to save her adopted hometown's annual Christmas jubilee by asking her well-connected ex-boyfriend Oliver (JR Lemon) to find a sponsor. But her bigger problem is that she's married to Conner (Eric Lively), a white agricultural engineer she pretends is her "farm hand" when her mother and Aunt Madea show up unexpectedly. When Conner's parents (Larry the Cable Guy and Kathy Najimy) -- who do know about the elopement -- arrive from Louisiana, they also agree to play along for Lacey's sake. As Eileen's treatment of Conner and his folks goes from aloof to rude, Madea forces Lacey to finally stand up to her mother on Christmas.
The story told here is both simple and mind-bendingly complex. First, there's the opening scene with Madea dressed up in a Santa suit, being roped into working at an upscale department store by her niece Eileen (Anna Maria Horsford), who appears to be a straight-up sociopath. Things do not go well, when Madea straight-talks a poor plump woman who wants to buy some lingerie and also takes personal phone calls while standing at her station. Madea is fired, and she storms out of the store huffing and puffing. Meanwhile, exposition is thrown at us in messy splotches. Eileen is upset that her daughter Lacey, who has moved to a small town in Alabama to teach at an elementary school, is not coming home for Christmas. Eileen wants to go surprise her for Christmas, but there is the small problem that Eileen does not drive. Lucky for Eileen, Lacey (Tika Sumpter) is deeply embroiled in her own plot-heavy situation, involving a thwarted Christmas Jubilee (no funds!), and an encounter with a yearning ex-boyfriend (JR Lemon) who just happens to work for a big corporation which is looking to sponsor just such an event, and they are ready to hand over an appalling $100,000 to the school. He, in the hopes that he can spark up his old romance with Lacey, decides to drive down to Alabama with the contract in person, and so Eileen and Madea hitch a ride. (Source: www.rogerebert.com)