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Madea's Witness Protection (2012)

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15

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 11

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67

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
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Movie Info

For years, George Needleman (Levy), the gentle CFO of a Wall Street investment bank, has been living with his head in the clouds. But George is finally forced to wake up when he learns that his firm, Lockwise Industries, has been operating a mob-backed Ponzi scheme - and that he's been set up as the fall guy. Facing criminal charges and death threats from the mob, George and his entire family are put under witness protection in the safest place that Brian (Perry), a federal prosecutor from

PG-13,

Comedy

$65.6M

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (27) | DVD (2)

George's son asks for Wi-Fi, and Madea says, ''Sure, I can make you a waffle.'' That's one of the good jokes.

July 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (5)
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He's still a young guy, but all throughout Witness Protection I imagined Perry sitting glumly at a dressing-room mirror, like the aging Chaplin in Limelight, forlornly rubbing makeup in his face -- a tired, old clown stuck in a tired, old routine.

July 2, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comment (1)
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The writer-director-star still hasn't learned to smoothly blend broad comedy and family-values sermonizing.

July 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Reviewing a Tyler Perry movie is a bit like reviewing the weather report.

July 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Tyler Perry doesn't have to make sense, or a have a point. He's laughing all the way to the bank.

July 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Comment (1)
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The interaction among opposites inspires an abundance of predictable race-based jokes, many of which have the saving grace of actually being funny.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (6)
Variety
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Unambitious and evaporates almost as rapidly as it plays out, but at least it knows what it is and only has one aim: to divert viewers for two hours.

December 10, 2013 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

The frantic seventh installment in this highly successful comedy franchise is filled with throwaway gags and self-conscious scenes.

July 17, 2012 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

His best and most agreeable Madea comedy.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Comments (4)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Much of the film doesn't even play as Tyler Perry, but as yet another example in the evergreen "Eugene Levy slumming it for a paycheck" subgenre.

July 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The film is slapdash entertainment not meant to be further contemplated after leaving the theatre.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

There are laughs in it, according to the enthusiastic audience I saw it with, but they're pretty spaced out and belong to Madea. What happens between them is unremarkable.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

A big step backwards for a star who has better things to do.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Comments (8)
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

As long as the movie focuses on Madea it is funny, and fun for the audience, but when the camera is off her the movie drags.

July 3, 2012 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

In short, a real drag.

July 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Perry's writing shows a disturbing amount of cynicism, if not downright meanness, for a family movie.

July 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

The mighty Madea preaches, but with less fire this time.

July 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The film remains buoyed by the same open heart that makes Tyler Perry's best work so endearing.

June 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Perry sustains an infusion of tangy wit, as he mines the cultural and economic but primarily racial disconnects and divides of this nation. With a charmingly sweet and sour, more buoyant than boisterous Perry this time around, playfully at the helm.

June 30, 2012 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Comments (2)
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Madea goes mainstream!

June 30, 2012 Full Review Source: AALBC.com
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Audience Reviews for Madea's Witness Protection

I like pretty much all of Tyler Perry's movies. Even when they get too melodramatic, they are still pretty entertaining. "Madea's Witness Protection" is his latest in a long line of movies about Madea(Perry in drag). This time Madea takes in a family from New York who are under an FBI investigation while they and receive death threats from the mob. This is a straight up over the top comedy, with zero drama like all of his other movies. While that's kind of a breathe of fresh air, the comedy falls flat a lot. The cast is pretty weak. Eugene Levy is ok, but he is just playing himself, and he's married to Denise Richards. Yeh, it don't make sense to me either. There's a lot of plot holes, and the movie only really works when Madea is on screen. Even though too much of her(or him), gets to be annoying after a while. This is probably my least favorite of the Madea movies, and hopefully if they make more they get better. Watch if your a fan, but skip otherwise.
December 1, 2012
Everett Johnson

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Not as enjoyable as some of his other films. 2 stars
November 8, 2012
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Bruce Bruce

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Funny premise. I think Tyler Perry is quite subversive and for that I love him--sending up ponzi scheme guys, sending up hypocrisy in all shades of black and white. I don't think he's what my friends would call politically correct, so he may have to remain my guilty little pleasure.
November 6, 2012
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Bathsheba Monk

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"Still making these movies... Well at least this one was a little funny. I don't understand why he doesn't put together a better script and a better cast of actors? The movie was just something to watch to pass the time. It wasn't awful nor was it one of the better comedies I have seen this year. It's the same show with different jokes and a different situation. All these movies seem to mesh into one big old mess. I've like a couple of them, but none that are worth mentioning again. Once again, a film of his I will only watch once."
October 28, 2012
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    1. Brian: Hey Madea!
    2. Madea: Hey Brian, Hey Brian
    3. Uncle Joe: I don't know why you leave the toilet seat up Mabel!
    4. Brian: Hey Daddy!
    5. Uncle Joe: Don't I know you?
    6. Brian: I'm past 18 now stop pretending you don't know me because of paying child support!
    7. Uncle Joe: Hey son great to see you. Love you so much!
    8. Madea: You want something to eat, i'm making sandwich for Joe.
    9. Uncle Joe: I wouldn't eat that son I wouldn't eat that at all. I believe she's trying to kill me for my insurance money!
    10. Madea: You ain't got no insurance money!
    11. Uncle Joe: In that case i'm going to eat this sandwich Mabel made
    12. Madea: I ain't trying to kill you for the insurance money i'm killing you because I want you dead, completely dead, no life in you just not breathing just maggot food!
    13. Uncle Joe: Here son try this for me.
    14. Brian: I'm not tasting that thank you!
    – Submitted by Dillon B (15 months ago)
    1. Uncle Joe: Her butt must be hungry because it's chewing that dress alive.
    – Submitted by jalen h (22 months ago)
    1. Madea: Excuse me while I do my Tyra Banks.
    – Submitted by Marya K (2 years ago)
    1. Madea: Oh...um, if Randy or Jermaine or Tito call...Tell them I just can not talk right now. Imma have to call them laTer.
    – Submitted by Marya K (2 years ago)
    1. Uncle Joe: You look like a big...bottle of Pepto Bismol
    – Submitted by Marya K (2 years ago)
    1. Jake: You look like a bag of skittles.
    2. Madea: Yeah well when i come back up here and you still in bed you gonna tasted the rainbow.
    – Submitted by Arianna B (2 years ago)
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