"I'm Madea! Ma to the damn D-E-A!"Unfortunately the movie isn't about Madea going to jail at all. That would have been a funny movie. But instead the movie is centered around Derek Luke and Keisha Knight Pulliam's (remember her, from The Cosby Show?) character. Luke stars as the assistant district attorney who by chance bumps into his old friend played by Knight-Pulliam, a prostitute who's in court facing criminal charges. In typical Tyler Perry fashion, the movie follows a plot similar to an actual church play in that there's always a lesson to be learned from their story, something relating to an act of being Christian.
Now Madea is funny as all hell. I was most looking forward to her scenes. I do think Tyler Perry is a comic genius similar to Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor, but I really feel like his stories don't translate as well as they probably do on stage. They come off more like after school specials, like those your mom made you watch when you were a kid.
Also, Keisha Knight Pulliam as a prostitute???? Never again can I ever witness such a thing. Rudy Huxtable?? Wow...she was soooo not believable. I felt like grabbing a phone and calling Cliff and Claire to come downstairs and rescue her from onscreen disaster. Sorry, Rudy. The rest of the cast was good though. Madea's daughter and brother return and are seriously the saving grace in the movie, along with of course Madea. Too bad the other plot seemed to overshadow them.
My rating: D+