Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion

Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion

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Cast: Blair Underwood, Lynn Whitfield, Boris Kodjoe

     
 

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Actor and playwright Tyler Perry returns as Madea, a brash but loving African-American grandmother with her own way of doing things in this screen adaptation of his popular stage comedy drama. Madea has her work cut out for her when she finds herself dealing with a handful of family crises the same weekend that she's planned a massiveSee more details below

Overview

Actor and playwright Tyler Perry returns as Madea, a brash but loving African-American grandmother with her own way of doing things in this screen adaptation of his popular stage comedy drama. Madea has her work cut out for her when she finds herself dealing with a handful of family crises the same weekend that she's planned a massive family reunion. Her niece Lisa (Rochelle Aytes) is engaged to marry a handsome and successful man (Blair Underwood), but the good news is blunted when she reveals to her friends that he beats her. Another niece, Vanessa (Lisa Anderson), has been having romantic problems of her own, and isn't sure she should take another chance on love with a humble but good-hearted bus driver (Boris Kodjoe). Madea's older sister dies, with the funeral landing the same weekend as Lisa's wedding. And on top of all this, a court order forces Madea to look after Nikki (Keke Palmer), a troubled and angry teenager from a broken home. Madea's Family Reunion also stars Lynn Whitfield, Jennifer Lewis, Cicely Tyson, and Maya Angelou.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
“I only go to church for weddings and funerals. I wonder what I’m dressed up for today?” That line would not be out of place in a John Wayne western, but it’s ominously delivered here by Madea (writer-director Tyler Perry, portraying his signature drag alter ego), who dispenses her own unique “old school” justice. Madea has cleaned up her act a bit since Diary of a Mad Black Woman, but she still delivers the sassy goods as she contends with being forced to take in a foster child with delinquent tendencies (which slap-happy Madea immediately nips in the bud). She also provides safe haven for her two nieces: Lisa (Rochelle Aytes), unhappily engaged to a prominent investment banker (Blair Underwood, cast against type and scarily effective), who beats her; and Vanessa (Lisa Arrindell), who has some very definite issues with her unsympathetic mother, Victoria (Lynn Whitfield). All this and much more threaten to disrupt the family reunion, which ultimately serves as a platform for Cicely Tyson, no less, to deliver an impassioned monologue imploring young black men and women to respect themselves and each other. “I expect more from you,” she thunders. Madea’s Family Reunion ruled the box office roost for two consecutive weeks, even though it was not screened for critics and faced competition ranging from Harrison Ford and Bruce Willis to Curious George. This is testament to Perry’s keen ability to viscerally connect with his devoted audience, by offering a decidedly unsubtle blend of melodrama, Springer-esque dysfunction, spiritual uplift, and Oprah-style empowerment. “It ain’t what people call you,” Madea counsels, “It’s what you answer to.” That’s a universal message that everyone can take to heart.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2006
UPC:
0031398193289
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
26,648

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director commentary; Deleted scenes; The Making of Madea's Family Reunion; Marriage Madea Style; Gaither Plantation; Making the Music; Full screen version; English and Spanish 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital audio; English and Spanish subtitles; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tyler Perry Brian,Joe,Madea
Blair Underwood Carlos
Lynn Whitfield Victoria
Boris Kodjoe Frankie
Henry Simmons Issac
Lisa Anderson Vanessa
Maya Angelou May
Rochelle Aytes Lisa
Tangi Miller Donna
Keke Palmer Nikki
Cicely Tyson Myrtle
China Anderson Nima
Akhil Jackson Jonathan
Alonzo Millsap Tre
Georgia Allen Ruby
Cassi Davis Aunt Sarah
Leon Lamar Grover
John Lawhorn Uncle Pete
Afemo Omilami Isaac Sr.
Ryan Gentles Stripper Policeman
Judge Mablean Ephriam Judge Ephriam
Richard Lee Reed Bailiff #1
Dale Neal Kid #1
Michelle Griffin Carlos' Woman Friend
Cedric Pendleton Carlos' Man Friend
Deanna Dawn Tyrequa
Enoch King Hykeem
Ginnie Randall Miss Samuel
C.O.C.O. Brown Poet/MC
Jennifer Sears Female at Reunion
Trey Rogers Young Man at Reunion
Shannon Eubanks Secretary
Emmbre Perry Man on the Bus
Jeronn C. Williams Singer/Reverend
Dale C. Bronner Reverend
Johnny Gill Wedding Singer
Crystal Collins Singer #1
Regina Murff Singer #2
Rita Sands Singer #3
Karnelle Smith Singer #4
Stephanie Dotson Singer #5
Joyce D. Williams Singer #6
Philipia Williams Restaurant Singer
Elizabeth Omilami Aunt Clara
Steve Coulter Maitre D
Jennifer Lewis Milay,Jenay,Lori
Yvette Devereaux Conductor

Technical Credits
Tyler Perry Director,Score Composer,Producer,Screenwriter
Roger Bobb Asst. Director,Co-producer
Sekinah Brown Costumes/Costume Designer
Reuben Cannon Producer
John Carter Editor
Jon David DeStefano Sound Editor
Karen A. Felix Set Decoration/Design
David Fletcher Special Effects Supervisor
Jim Hawkins Sound Mixer
Joel C. High Musical Direction/Supervision
Dean Hovey Sound Editor
Karen Young Costumes/Costume Designer
Toyomichi Kurita Cinematographer
Keith G. Lewis Costumes/Costume Designer
David Paul Lord Stunts
Anderson Martin Stunts
Ina Mayhew Production Designer
Bruce Murphy Sound Editor
Jay Nierenberg Sound/Sound Designer
Todd A. Niesen Sound Editor
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Stuart Provine Sound Editor
Carol Rasheed Makeup
Zeke Richardson Sound Editor
Perry Elvin Ross Score Composer
Elvin D. Ross Score Composer
Derrick Simmons Stunts
Lonnie R. Smith Stunts
Elias Sound Sound/Sound Designer
Lindiwé Suttle Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Ulland Camera Operator
Mike Upton Co-producer
Barbara Vazquez Costumes/Costume Designer
Jonathan Wales Sound Mixer
Kim Williams Casting

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Madea's Family Reunion [P&S]
1. Must Be Dreaming [4:47]
2. Female Bonding [8:20]
3. Foster Mother [4:24]
4. Bride to Be [4:11]
5. Bus Date [8:17]
6. Three R's [6:18]
7. Getting Some [9:56]
8. Heart Repair [6:13]
9. Savage Talk [3:32]
10. Safe Boundaries [4:33]
11. Smart Kid [2:19]
12. Only Option [6:26]
13. The Reunion [3:07]
14. Cold Drinks [2:18]
15. Family Love [3:44]
16. Mothers and Daughters [2:40]
17. What We Paid For [4:52]
18. Sharing the Love [1:43]
19. Time to Fight [3:17]
20. Unexpected Surprise [4:00]
21. Paris in Springtime [4:06]
22. On Your Heart [2:36]
23. It's a Celebration [1:43]
24. End Credits [5:50]

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