Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) Review

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Madea’s nephew Brian enlists her to keep an eye on his teenage daughter so she doesn’t sneak out to go to a fraternity Halloween party. Her friends Bam and Hattie join her, as well as her brother Joe. Madea thinks she has a handle on this, but when spooky things begin to happen, and Brian’s daughter escapes to the party, plenty of mayhem ensues.

I’m a pretty big fan of the Madea movies, not so much the sappy drama that comes with it though. Which is why Madea’s Witness Protection is my favorite (yet many think this is the worst?). When I saw the trailer for this one, I was looking forward to it, but not exactly excited, considering the trailer felt very dry. Sadly, it was exactly that. This could have easily been a tv movie event for the Halloween season (especially considering it was shot in 6 days). I admit there were some funny moments here and there, but it more or less felt like it was trying way too hard to be funny more often than not. It’s clear that not much effort was put into this script, not only with the laughs, but with the flow and execution of the story. This movie was basically Madea vs. a bunch of punk ass college students on Halloween. Don’t even get me started on the teenage daughter. Throughout the film Madea, Bam, Hattie, and Joe try to encourage Brian to smack the hell out of her, and I was waiting for him or better yet the aforementioned four do just that. And of course they went and threw in more familial drama scenes in the final act that made me want to throw up. I was expecting a fun movie, but in all honesty, except for a few chuckles, it was kinda boring. And we all know that’s the worst sin a comedy can commit.

While Tyler Perry had some humorous moments as Madea and Joe, it’s really Cassi Davis as Bam, and Patrice Lovely as Hattie that steal the show. We’re familiar with them in the stage versions, but not so much in the feature films. So it’s almost a refreshment to get some new humorous characters brought to the table, and they were essentially the funniest aspects. Diamond White plays the teen daughter Tiffany, and all she really knows how to do is be a brat who needs a few whacks, cause she sure can’t act at all. And seriously, why does Bella Throne keep getting casted in things? She’s not funny at all, she can play a bitch fine, but she tries to act like she’s so funny and sexy, but she’s just…not. She’s more or less a larger cameo in this film anyway. But I digress.

Don’t expect A Madea Halloween to win you over if you already hate it. I like the Madea movies, but this was just boring, sloppy, and often times unfunny. If you are some super hardcore Madea or Tyler Perry fan and still love it, more power to you. But the only saving grace of this film were Cassi Davis and Patrice Lovely.

2/5

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