Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns As with all of his movie titles, the first two words of Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns are more important than any phrase that follows.… Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns As with all of his movie titles, the first two words of Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns are more important than any phrase that follows.… 2008-03-21 PG-13 PT100M Comedy Drama Angela Bassett Tyler Perry Lions Gate Films
Movie Review

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (2008)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Angela Bassett, Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns | FAMILY TIES In Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns , a woman (Angela Bassett, pictured, with Lance Gross) gets entangled in the lives of lost relatives
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FAMILY TIES In Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, a woman (Angela Bassett, pictured, with Lance Gross) gets entangled in the lives of lost relatives
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Mar 21, 2008; Rated: PG-13; Length: 100 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Angela Bassett and Tyler Perry; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

As with all of his movie titles, the first two words of Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns are more important than any phrase that follows. The ''Tyler Perry'' imprimatur assures an audience already warmed up that they — we — are in for an instructive, uplifting, raucous, avenging, affirmative, occasionally ribald drama grounded in an easy familiarity with African-American culture and theatrical styles. A classic Perry production compacts a multigenerational narrative that might just as easily take up five years of a TV soap or five volumes of a Trollope saga into a tightly packed, loosely directed hundred minutes or so, as rewarding to its fans as it is rudimentary in its production values. Critic-proof, too.

Here, Angela Bassett, as the laid-off single mother of three with the most flawless complexion in all of Chicago, travels to Georgia for the funeral of the father she never knew and meets the good and gossipy, protective and profane family she never knew she had. The importance of faith, church, kin, staying off drugs, sharing food, repenting from sin, forgiving sinners, appreciating a good black man, rejecting a bad one, and honoring black matriarchy is enumerated with typical, reassuring Perry broadness. Broadest of all is the showman's matriarchal alter ego, Madea, who makes an, um, energetic appearance toward the end, just because she can. B-

Originally posted Mar 25, 2008 Published in issue #985 Apr 04, 2008 Order article reprints
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