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Madea's Witness Protection (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 29 June 2012 (USA)
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A Wall Street investment banker who has been set up as the linchpin of his company's mob-backed Ponzi scheme is relocated with his family to Aunt Madea's southern home.

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Tyler Perry

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Tyler Perry, Tyler Perry (based on characters created by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyler Perry ... Madea / Joe / Brian
Eugene Levy ... George Needleman
Denise Richards ... Kate Needleman
Doris Roberts ... Barbara
Romeo Miller ... Jake
Tom Arnold ... Walter
John Amos ... Pastor Nelson
Marla Gibbs ... Hattie
Danielle Campbell ... Cindy
Devan Leos ... Howie
Shayne Anderson ... TSA Agent
Dean Balkwill Dean Balkwill ... Attendant
Nelson Bonilla ... Agent Mulligan
Frank Brennan ... Jack Goldberg
Eric Brooks Eric Brooks ... Bellman
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A Wall Street investment banker who has been set up as the linchpin of his company's mob-backed Ponzi scheme is relocated with his family to Aunt Madea's southern home.

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New Look. New York. New Madea. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some crude sexual remarks and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,390,575, 1 July 2012

Gross USA:

$65,653,242

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$66,899,242
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the fourth Tyler Perry film not adapted from a play, alongside The Family That Preys (2008), Daddy's Little Girls (2007) , and Good Deeds (2012) See more »

Goofs

When Madea comes out of the bank in Manhattan, the camera operator is reflected in the side of the car. See more »

Quotes

Brian: Guess some other lucky person will make that $4,000 a month.
BrianMadea: You know what? I believe it would be the greatest Christianity thing I could do to help somebody in need. So I'm gonna go ahead and make up these sheets and clean up.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Ted/Madea's Witness Protection (2012) See more »

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Guilty
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb
Performed by Ellis Miah and Lauryn Vyce
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. o/b/o Crompton Songs LLC and Universal Music-Careers
Courtesy of LA Outfit
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Just not funny enough for a comedy and far too messy.
16 July 2012 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

It's of course OK for a comedy to have a very simplistic story in it but its unforgivable when you just don't have a good comedy writer. Really, what's the point of watching a comedy when it just isn't being all that funny?

I just couldn't believe how badly written some of the comedy in this movie was. Most of the moments or pieces of dialog will get absolutely no laughs out of you, no matter how desperate the movie gets at times. The movie truly goes overboard in an attempt to still make you laugh, or at other times it's simply just going on and on. The director just didn't knew when to say cut at times, probably also because the director, Tyler Perry, himself is being on the screen a lot as well, as a whole bunch of different characters. But he clearly just ain't no Eddie Murphy!

The different story lines are either poorly connected or just connected in such an unrealistic way that it becomes ridicules. The movie even drops some story lines after a while and then picks them up again 30 minutes later, or sometimes it doesn't at all. It does the same with some of its characters. It all lets this movie feel like a real messy one at times and you are wondering multiple times throughout it what it exactly is that you are watching here.

The main premise of the movie is already a real ridicules and unlikely one to begin with. But the sad thing about it is that it's also absolutely going nowhere with it. At times I though that the movie was perhaps going to be one with some 'messages' it and the two different families would start to learn from each other and slowly but steadily grow closer to each other as well. But none of that is the case in this movie. It just mostly relies on racial stereotypes and other prejudices that just aren't being all that clever or original to watch and therefore also not all that funny.

And really, I love Eugene Levy but I just think he is better when he's not playing the lead role. He's just far better and more fun to watch in supporting roles, though it perhaps is not fair to say that purely based on his role in this movie of course. He is given some incredibly weak material to work with and the movie perhaps was at times relying far too much on his delivery. But not even a comical talent like Levy could turn some of the moments and pieces of dialog into something funny. And how are we supposed to believe he's married to Denise Richards? There is some weird casting going on in this movie but Tyler Perry foremost should not had cast himself playing 3 different characters. He just isn't a talented enough comic, so far too scenes involving him fall totally flat.

A failed attempt at a comedy.

4/10

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