Mabel “Madea” Simmons (creator / writer / director / star Tyler Perry), “she” starred in “Boo! 2: A Madea Halloween”, a movie so bad that I distributed my first Grade D movie in almost five years. Now he’s back with “A Madea Family Funeral” and I’m sorry to say that these funerals are not taking place for Madea. In fact, death makes Perry less unpleasant, but she does more. Perry has inexplicably chosen this opportunity to debut with another character, a legless charlatan named Heathrow who is useless in the story, but who extends the movie’s running time with funny antics.
In the story, Madea and her team go to a birthday party for a relationship that has not yet been mentioned, a brother named Anthony (Derek Morgan) and his wife Vianne (Jen Harper). Madea’s entourage consists of his brother Joe (also Perry), his nephew Brian (still Perry) and his friends Bam (Cassi Davis) and Hattie (Patrice Lovely). The group registers in a hotel and hears a commotion in a nearby room. It’s Anthony, dying of a heart attack. And why was Anthony at the hotel? Have an afternoon with a woman who is not his wife. To further complicate matters, Anthony’s son, A.J. (Courtney Burrell) was also in a nearby room, deceiving his wife Carol (K.J. Smith) with Gia (Aeriel Miranda), the fiance of his brother Jesse (Rome Flynn). The anniversary celebration becomes the funeral planning of Anthony’s family. Madea and her company must avoid revealing the various secrets, although, to be honest, they are not very well hidden at first.
The problem with this film, as with all of Tyler Perry’s movies, is that Madea and her team (except Brian, but more Heathrow) are completely unbearable. They are ugly to see (I’m not superficial, they wear a squeaky makeup for a comic effect) and uncomfortable to hear, both by their irritating and incomprehensible voices as by the base content of what they think. I must say that there is no respectful opportunity for these characters to mention sexual references, bathroom references, drug references, racial references and, in this case, inappropriate death talks. And everything is done without any sense of comic timing, the characters just hang around until Brian says, “It’s alright guys, we have to go.” In fact, sometimes it is Madea who must reign over others. These other characters are so far from Perry that his crier must be the voice of reason.