It’s been two months since Tyler Perry released a movie. Never fear, his next one hit screens in just three more.
“Madea’s Big Happy Family,” which arrives in theaters April 22, stars Perry in his famous role as the wisecracking, gun-toting Madea; along with Atlanta rapper turned actor Bow Wow; Teyana Taylor; Lorette Devine; who appeared in “For Colored Girls,” the film Perry released in November; Lauren London and Isaiah Mustafa, better known as the hunky Old Spice dude.
We saw the play from which the new movie is adapted, which Perry said he wrote and performed as a sort of therapy after his beloved mother passed away. The storyline will be familiar to “Madea” fans. A family faces a crisis that brings everyone together, but not before a bunch of petty squabbling, marital tension, and of course, lots of pearls of wisdom from Madea.
“For Colored Girls” received mixed reviews, with the New York Times praising that Perry “works very hard and gets it mostly right.”
The Hollywood Reporter, on the other hand, didn’t exactly love it: “For once, Tyler Perry doesn’t put his name above the title, but perhaps he should with “For Colored Girls” to distinguish this train wreck of a movie from the stunning theater piece of 36 years ago by Ntozake Shange.”
With the return to Madea, Perry is back to more familiar territory.
By Jennifer Brett/The Buzzfirstname.lastname@example.org