Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns

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Director: Tyler Perry

Cast: Angela Bassett, Rick Fox, Margaret Avery

     
 

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Prolific playwright Tyler Perry adapts his popular stage play of the same name in this family-oriented comedy concerning a desperate mother who connects with the family she never knew. Brenda is a single Chicago mother of three who has been struggling for years to keep her kids off of the streets. Suddenly let go from her job with no warning to speak of, the eternally… See more details below

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Prolific playwright Tyler Perry adapts his popular stage play of the same name in this family-oriented comedy concerning a desperate mother who connects with the family she never knew. Brenda is a single Chicago mother of three who has been struggling for years to keep her kids off of the streets. Suddenly let go from her job with no warning to speak of, the eternally optimistic mother begins to experience a suffocating sense of hopelessness for the very first time in her life. When Brenda receives a death notice claiming that the father she has never met has passed away, she quickly gathers up the kids and sets out for Georgia to attend the funeral. Upon arriving in the Deep South, the once fretful mother is pleasantly surprised to discover that there is a whole side of the family she never knew existed. A crass but good-natured clan that welcomes Brenda and her children with open arms, the Browns' lazy summer afternoons and frequent trips to the county fair offer a much-needed contrast to the stress of surviving in inner city Chicago. Writer/director/actor Perry reprises his role as indomitable, law-breaking grandmother Madea in a comedy that proves sometimes second chances come when you least expect it.

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Editorial Reviews

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With Meet the Browns, Tyler Perry has made another reasonably heartfelt examination of some aspect of the modern African-American condition -- in this case, single motherhood -- while goosing it with just enough laughter so it's not too heavy. Angela Bassett, as the mother in question, brings immense value to any film in which she appears, and basketball player Rick Fox, as her love interest, proves he has nuanced enough chops to avoid being just a pretty face. Perry actually dials back some of his usual proselytizing, as God makes only a token appearance in this film. Instead, his primary agenda is to extol the virtues of family, both immediate and extended, in creating the kind of mutual support network that allows people to grow and flourish. (And if he happens to think the essence of family is found not in big-city Chicago, but in rural Georgia, well then, that's just keeping with another career-long agenda.) Despite the things Meet the Browns does right, one of its missteps can't help but seem glaring. Perry's trademark has been the incorporation of his gun-wielding grandma, Madea, into his stories, regardless of whether that makes narrative sense. Here, it's utterly senseless. For no good reason, except maybe so she can appear in the movie's trailers, Madea makes an unwelcome third-act appearance that involves a high-speed police chase, with her brother Joe (also played by Perry) riding shotgun. The scene lasts five minutes and has nothing to do with either the events that came before or the events that follow. It doesn't kill the movie, but it does make one wish Perry had just been satisfied with the comic relief he already had on hand: David Mann and Jennifer Lewis, who are each hilarious in different ways, playing the half-siblings Bassett's character never knew she had.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2008
UPC:
0031398235934
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
24,015

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angela Bassett Brenda
Rick Fox Harry
Margaret Avery Sarah
Frankie R. Faison L.B
Jennifer Lewis Vera
Lance Gross Michael
Sofía Vergara Cheryl
Lamman Rucker Will
Tamela Mann Cora Brown
David Mann LeRoy Brown
Irma P. Hall Mildred
Tyler Perry Joe/Madea
Phillip Van Lear Michael, Sr.
LaVan Davis Bus Driver
Mia Butler Woman
Wes Kennemore Carnival Worker
Mariana Tolbert Lena
Chloe Bailey Tosha
Olumiji Olawumi Gang Member #1
Tory O. Davis Man
Mark Russell Gray Officer
LaNisa Renee Frederick Bus Passenger
Jonathan Slocumb Pastor
Robert C. Goodwin Postman
Allen Edge Samuel
Keith Kupferer Supervisor
Jacqueline Williams Worker
Phil Ridarelli Power Company Worker
David Kronenwetter News Reporter
Roy McCrerey NBA Coach
Shawn Shepard Doctor
Tom Clark Press Member #1
Tasia Grant Press Member #2
Michael Cole Richard
Adrienne Reynolds Waitress
Penny Slusher Woman

Technical Credits
Tyler Perry Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Roger Bobb Co-producer
Reuben Cannon Producer
Joseph P. Genier Co-producer
Joel C. High Musical Direction/Supervision
Maysie Hoy Editor
Keith G. Lewis Costumes/Costume Designer
Ina Mayhew Production Designer
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Sandi Sissel Cinematographer
Alpha Tyler Casting
Kim Williams Casting
Aaron Zigman Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Meet the Browns: Widescreen
1. Running Late [5:30]
2. Getting By [3:01]
3. Always Make It [2:38]
4. Keeping Focus [5:31]
5. What Is Going On? [5:54]
6. Friend of the Family [3:14]
7. Familiar Faces [2:58]
8. Speaking Out [4:52]
9. Family Stories [4:17]
10. Who Are You? [4:41]
11. Saying Good-bye [5:34]
12. New Options [4:33]
13. Last Will [2:27]
14. Making Progress [3:30]
15. Dirty Offer [3:48]
16. Making Choices [3:19]
17. I'm Not Going [2:43]
18. Not in You [3:09]
19. Emergency Phone Calls [2:45]
20. Gaining Strength [2:51]
21. Pitching In [3:36]
22. Signing Contracts [6:11]
23. Big Day [4:08]
24. Let Me Be That [9:42]
Disc #1, Side B -- Meet the Browns: Fullscreen
1. Running Late [5:30]
2. Getting By [3:01]
3. Always Make It [2:38]
4. Keeping Focus [5:31]
5. What Is Going On? [5:54]
6. Friend of the Family [3:14]
7. Familiar Faces [2:58]
8. Speaking Out [4:52]
9. Family Stories [4:17]
10. Who Are You? [4:41]
11. Saying Good-bye [5:34]
12. New Options [4:33]
13. Last Will [2:27]
14. Making Progress [3:30]
15. Dirty Offer [3:48]
16. Making Choices [3:19]
17. I'm Not Going [2:43]
18. Not in You [3:09]
19. Emergency Phone Calls [2:45]
20. Gaining Strength [2:51]
21. Pitching In [3:36]
22. Signing Contracts [6:11]
23. Big Day [4:08]
24. Let Me Be That [9:42]

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