The hilarity of Tyler Perry’s multi-media Madea brand is captured halfway through “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Homecoming.” A black-and-white flashback by Perry’s short-tempered, unfiltered titular matriarch narrates the story of how she kicked off the Civil Rights movement by threatening her man’s mistress, Rosa Parks, who subsequently sought refuge on a Montgomery bus.
Madea points to a picture she captured on her phone in the nick of time as proof. It was an A before I was born, she explains, “since they didn’t have iPhone back then.” Even if it’s blatantly ridiculous, there’s no harm in having some fun with it.
“A Madea Household Funeral” was supposed to be the last time we saw Perry’s iconic character Madea, and now, it appears, he’s revived her, just because he can.”
For her great-(Brandon grandson’s Black) high school graduation social event, Madea hosts. As a pretence for a dozen family members to goof about, Mr. Brown (David Mann) sets himself on the fireplace for the occasion. It also gives Madea a platform to express her conflicted feelings on the Black Lives Matter movement:
That Ellie (Candace Maxwell) has become a police officer and threatens Madea’s marijuana stash, but she’s also furious at the idea that protesters might burn down her neighbourhood booze store.
Even a typical soap opera’s plot twists pale in comparison to the ones in this screenplay. Brendan O’Carroll, who plays Agnes Brown on the Irish sitcom “Mrs. Brown’s Boys,” is Perry’s cross-dressing equivalent on the other side of the Atlantic. If you hurry through the movie, you could miss Perry’s one nice statement on love:
“Cease building those partitions and construct you some fences,” which isn’t enough to balance out the other half-dozen laughably absurd ones. “Homecoming” is the 2019 Beyoncé live performance movie that was parodied in the top credit scene, where he changes into shorts and a blonde wig. Is there a reason for this to happen? Most likely, he’s doing it because he has the skill.
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A Madea Homecoming, a Film By Tyler Perry
Unrated. 1 hour and 45 minutes of running time Netflix is a good place to watch.