“Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral” is a comedy written, directed, and produced by Tyler Perry. It is the eleventh and final installment of the Madea film series. The movie follows a joyous family reunion that becomes a hilarious nightmare when Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia, where they find themselves unexpectedly planning a funeral that might unveil some ugly family secrets. In my opinion, this is the worse movie Tyler Perry has ever made. I was actually sorry I went to see it.
Right from the onset of “A Madea Family Funeral”, the jokes started flying, the problem is the jokes were not that funny. I felt the plot was downright ridiculous and unrealistic, plus Mabel “Madea” Simmons (Tyler Perry), used old theatrics e.g., using his male voice and asides that worked well in the Madea plays, to deliver hilarious lines but didn’t work on the big screen. Anthony (Derek Morgan) died while having sex with his mistress (Tiffany Black) who happens to be a good friend of Anthony’s family. The team, Madea, Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis) and Hattie (Patrice Lovely), tried to withhold this devastating secret from Vianne (Jen Harper), Anthony’s wife, which made for a failing hush-hush operation. Any normal person would have noticed the whole presentation was bogus but for the comedy to work, Vianne missed the entire point, making the premise of the film a downtrodden disaster.
AJ (Courtney Burrell) seemed to be the focus of the film. He is the son of Anthony and Vianne, the brother of Silvia (Ciera Payton), Jesse (Rome Flynn) and the husband of Carol (KJ Smith), who he not only cheated on but abused verbally. BTW, the woman AJ cheated with is his brother’s fiancé, Gia (Aeriél Miranda). The remainder of the story is so ridiculous, I am at a loss for words. For some reason, Tyler introduced a new character into the mix with no legs named Heathrow who cannot talk without a device pressed to his throat. This is supposed to be Tyler Perry’s last Madea movie. I’m not sure with the kind of money Madea pulls in ($27M opening weekend box office) that this is really going to be the end but according to Rotten Tomatoes (1), it should be! As much as I’ve always loved Tyler Perry and his beloved character, Madea, I have to warn you not to waste your time or money on this one, it’s really bad! Don’t Check It Out!
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Vice is a biographical comedy/drama written and directed by Adam McKay. It is the second theatrical film to depict the presidency of George W. Bush, following Oliver Stone’s “W” and the third collaboration between Bale and Adams, following The Fighter and American Hustle. The plot follows Cheney in his pursuit to become the most powerful Vice President in American history. All I can say is, this film is brilliant and well put together and true.
**** SOILERS ****
Vice is narrated by Kurt (Jesse Plemons), a fictitious veteran of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars and opens with Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) along with White House officials responding to the September 11 attacks. The film then flashes back to Wyoming, 1963, where Cheney finds work as a lineman but struggles with alcoholism, which led him to drop out of Yale. After a traffic cop stopped Cheney for driving while intoxicated, his wife Lynne Cheney (Amy Adams) convinces him to clean up his life, using powerful verbiage and ultimatums. The film then flashes forward to 1969 when Cheney finds work as a White House intern during the Nixon Administration. Working under Nixon’s economic advisor Donald Rumsfeld (Steve Carell), Cheney becomes a savvy political operative as he juggles commitments to Lynne and his two daughters Liz (Lily Rabe) and Mary Cheney (Alison Pill). While working at the White House, Cheney overhears Henry Kissinger (Kirk Bovill) discussing the secret bombing of Cambodia with President Richard Nixon (himself on film), which revealed the true power of the executive branch. Rumsfeld’s abrasive attitude leads to a suddal detachment between the two men from Nixon that worked in their favor; after Nixon’s resignation, Cheney rises to the position of White House Chief of Staff under President Gerald Ford (Bill Camp) while Rumsfeld becomes Secretary of Defense.
After Ford is voted out of office, Cheney runs to be representative for Wyoming. After giving an awkward and uncharismatic campaign speech, Cheney suffers his first heart attack. While he recovers, Lynne campaigns on her husband’s behalf, helping him to win a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. During the Reagan Administration, Cheney supports a raft of conservative, pro-business policies favoring the fossil fuel industries. Cheney next serves as Secretary of Defense under President George H. W. Bush (Sam Rockwell) during the Gulf War. Outside of politics, Cheney and Lynne come to terms with their younger daughter Mary coming out as gay. Though Cheney develops ambitions to run for president, he decides to retire from public life to spare Mary from media scrutiny.
During the presidency of Bill Clinton, Cheney becomes the CEO of Halliburton while his wife Lynne raises golden retrievers and writes books. A false epilogue claims that Cheney lived the rest of his life healthy and happy in the private sector and the credits roll, only for the film to continue. Cheney is invited to become running mate to George W. Bush during the 2000 United States presidential election. Recognizing that the younger Bush is more interested in pleasing his father than attaining power for himself, Cheney agrees on the condition that Bush delegates “mundane” executive responsibilities like energy and foreign policy to him. As Vice President, Cheney works with Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, legal counsel David Addington (Don McManus) and Chief of Staff Scooter Libby (Justin Kirk) to exercise control of key foreign policy and defense decisions throughout Washington.
I especially enjoyed Vice because I am sort of a political junky. I th0ught Vice was well thought out and outlined Cheney’s agenda as close to the truth as possible. For those who are not that political, Vice was easy to understand and delivered it’s message for all to process. 44 year old Christian Bale had to gain 40 pounds for the role of Cheney and was barely recognizable. I’ve provided a picture of the transformation from Bale to Cheney — now that’s dedication. I think Vice is worth seeing, you will learn a lot of not so good historical events such as the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq, caused by Cheney. There is also a monologue at the end of the film you wouldn’t want to miss. Vice will probably be nominated for an Oscar. Check it Out!
[Vice is Oscar nominated for BEST: Picture, Supporting Actress, Actor, Supporting Actor, Director, Original Screenplay, Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Film Editing]
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Tyler Perry is the king of happy endings and endings with a good and spiritual message. The Single Mom’s Club is no exception. It’s the story of 5 women living the single mom life. We all know it’s not easy raising children with a husband so we know it has to be much harder without one. These 5 women are raising their children alone either because they are going through a divorce, by choice or the father is absent due to extenuating circumstances. Because their children are attending the same private school, the moms become friends and decide to form a support group and call it “The Single Mom’s Club”. The story is descent and the circumstances are somewhat relateable. Tyler Perry actually stars in this movie as a love interest for Mia Long, who plays May. Each mom eventually has a love interest and is invested in their child having a promising future. The story unfolds as each mom tries to put their live and their relationships with their children together. Wendi McLendon-Covey plays Jan who’s love interest is Eddie Cibrian who plays Santos. Amy Smart plays Hilary who’s love interest is Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) who plays Peter. Cocoa Brown plays Lytia who’s love interest is Terry Crews who plays Branson. Zulay Henao Plays Esperanza who’s love interest is William Levy who plays Manny. The movie is a little corny but sends a good message. I enjoyed it on DVD.
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Tagged amy smart, branson, cocoa brown, eddie cibrian, esperanza, hilary, jan, lytia, manny, may, nia long, peter, ryan eggold, santos, single moms club, terry crews, tyler perry, wendi mclendon-covey, william levy, zulay henao
This is going to be a tough one to critique. I absolutely hated the ending. It rendered the entire movie irrelevant. The ending made everything unbelievable. Many of us in the theater shouted “this ending sucks” all at once. What a good movie with excellent acting all the way through, until the credits started rolling across the screen. Ben Affleck’s character is married to Rosamund Pike’s character. She turns up missing and presumed murdered. Of course the husband (Affleck) is accused as circumstantial evidence piles up against him. I couldn’t wait for the end to see if I had successfully guessed what would happen. If Gone Girl had an ending, I would have been happy no matter what happened. I successfully figured out much of the outcome during the film, as it had many twist and turns. However, nothing prepared me for the dreaded finale that never came. So much hype, so many trailers, so many opinions about how good Gone Girl is — the box office hype alone was enough to cause you to run off to the theater to see it. What a disappointment. What a waste of talent. I can’t imagine anyone was happy with this ending. I can’t really say much because I wouldn’t want to spoil what little there is to enjoy. I should have read this book before seeing the movie — that way, I wouldn’t be so disappointed. All I can say is WAIT FOR THE DVD. Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry who didn’t add nearly enough substance, Neil Patrick Harris and Carrie Coon all acted their butts off toward a very sour ending.
[GONE GIRL is nominated for Best Actress]
Okay, I reckon most of you think this movie is a bad choice. There are so many other films I could have reviewed but hey, give a brother (Tyler Perry) a break! I didn’t elect to be depressed or weepy so I picked a movie that was upbeat and funny. And FUNNY it was! The acting was so so — some of the actors were familiar to me and a welcome site. The story is about Lacey (Tika Sumpter), a Black teacher and Conner (Eric Lively), a White semi, quasi chemist, married and living together on a farm. His parents (played by Larry the Cable Guy and Kathy Najimy) were made aware of their son’s union but Lacey’s mom (Anna Maria Horsford) and aunt (Madea) were not. So, a surprise visit by Lacey’s family at the same time as Conner’s parents made for a hilarious situation. This movie sends a profound message about prejudice and love. Tyler Perry always has a spiritual moral to his films — and that’s what I love most about him! If you just want to sit back and laugh, relax and escape from it all, see A Madea Christmas, otherwise wait for the DVD.
I Loved This Movie!
It’s crazy, funny, a little ghetto in parts, but it has a great message and it’s thoroughly entertaining. I laughed, cried, shouted, cheered, commented out loud and even clapped. Madea is an outrageous character brilliantly played by Tyler Perry as is Madea’s brother, Joe and the handsome lawyer. It feels so good to be entertained at a movie. Family Reunion gives you a chance to unwind and relax plus have a good, hardy laugh. Anyone who takes it for more is in for a surprise because there is more — a great message of forgiveness and love. It’s worth seeing. I’m not sure how IMDb, who I give a lot of respect for such an informative website, calculates the voting averages but I challenge the accuracy of 2.5. To know the Madea character is to love it and I do love it. This movie is funny!