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Rated PG-13 · 2005
Part female revenge flick, part Saturday Night Live skit, part courtroom drama, and part religious tent revival, this movie never congeals into anything worth watching. Seemingly successful couple Helen (Kimberly Elise) and Charles (Steve Harris) are revealed to be anything but, and he kicks her out of the house on their anniversary, to take up with a spoiled white woman (Lisa Marcos). Mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore, Helen moves in with her sassy, gun-toting grandmother Madea. And this is where the first warning bell goes off: While everything thus far has played like a passable drama, Madea is ludicrously played by screenwriter/playwright Tyler Perry in drag. Perry, apparently under the impression that he has the skills of Eddie Murphy, also plays Madea's brother Joe, a pot-smoking dirty old man who makes wisecracks about handjobs and incest. The humor is so cartoonish that it's impossible to take the "serious" content -- which includes lots of blatant Christian evangelizing -- as being representative of anything remotely real.

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