The latest Tyler Perry movie, Madea’s Big Happy Family, is adapted from his play. Tyler Perry returns playing his signature role as Madea, the gun toting matriarch of a southern family. He is joined by Loretta Divine, Bow Wow, and Isaiah Mustafa (the Old Spice guy). Madea’s Big Happy Family is about Madea’s niece, Shirley, seeking to gather her three adult children together after she has gained knowledge of her fatal illness. However, distracted with their own problems, this isn’t an easy task for Shirley. With the help of Madea and Aunt Bam, Shirley will eventually make this last wish happen.
I have become somewhat weary of Tyler Perry’s Madea films adapted from his plays. I first saw Madea’s Big Happy Family, the play, and was pleased with the performances by the cast. Transitioning a stage play to film isn’t an easy task to achieve and I feel that Tyler Perry has yet to grasp this in his Madea movies. The one key difference between Tyler Perry’s Madea plays versus the movie versions are the ad-libs , connections with the audience, and most important, THE SINGING!!
Overall, I would say that Madea’s Big Happy Family is mediocre at best and I would suggest waiting to see this as a rental if interested in seeing it at all.