Madea's Witness Protection Reviews
The story follows Madea (Tyler Perry) who lets a family stay at her home for the witness protection program after the father George Needleman (Eugene Levy) turns out to be in a Ponzi scheme he had no idea about. His family is angry at him, especially his teenaged daughter who wants nothing to do with her step-mother (Kate Needleman). Madea and her brother Joe are going to have to learn to live with these people, because none of them have ever met someone like Madea. But when they figure out a plan to save George's career, Madea helps this family to get back on their feet.
The plot is an absolute terrible script in every way, with characters that don't matter and a story that absolutely doesn't matter. I didn't laugh one throughout the entire film, mainly because it was filled with so many clichés and bored me to tears. Tyler Perry can't write a good script, let's all face it, I mean even some of his best work in the past was amateur at best. I guess I did enjoy I Can Do Bad By Myself, but that at least had a solid point to make and had some fun and touching moments, while this film was just racist jokes and Tyler Perry just trying to get some cheap laughs. I truly believe he made this film as quick as possible, because he made Good Deeds earlier this year and I think he wanted to just make a Madea movie as quick as possible because he knows everyone hated that movie. But this film is even worse than Good Deeds, mainly because it's not funny or touching. The characters were just pawns to use racist jokes, and I know there were racist jokes in the past films, but now that we have so many white people in a Tyler Perry film it's easier to see that I was blind before. Madea has just become a big annoying stereotype, and just seeing the neighborhood where she lives makes me wonder why so many people enjoy these movies. George Needleman could've been a fun character for Eugene Levy, but of course they just fill him with boring family clichés and unfunny jokes so it was all for not. So to sum this up, the story stunk.
The cast was mainly Tyler Perry dressed as an old woman, an old man, and himself (ironically the real version of himself was the best character in the film). Tyler Perry thinks these films are still alive, but until he cuts that melodramatic crap in these films I am not even gonna try to enjoy his characters that are all just big stereotypes and that is why people love them so much, but not me. Eugene Levy is a funny actor, I loved him earlier this year in American Reunion and the rest of the series and the other things he has acted in, but he really just took this role for something to do and nothing else. I won't even mention the other cast members that I hated, but what I will say is that Kate Needleman is one of the worst actresses I have seen so far this year and needs to get out why she still has a chance.
Madea's Witness Protection has already been called one of the worst films of the year by the critics, and honestly I have agree with them. Tyler Perry has made some pretty terrible crap in the past, but this is one of those films that could be near the top of the crap. The only good thing this film had going for it was that they changed up the rhythm from previous Madea film by finally not making it about her boring extended family, so I was finally glad to see a change. But the film simply does nothing with its characters and story, and relies completely on making a large fat black woman look funny to the public. I showed pity to some Madea films in the past because they gave some good laughs, but if the future Madea movies continue like this than I will just stop watching Tyler Perry films in general. If you need a good comedy I recommend going to see recent films like Ted or Magic Mike, because this film is just one long racist zit that needs to be popped.
Tyler Perry is at a complete loss for words when he tries to ad lib. I think any other director would make him follow the script if he acted this poorly for them. How he got producers to fund more than one movie of his, I'll never know. Eugene Levy is so much more better than Perry in Witness Protection, and he's on auto pilot through this heap just for the check.
Perry is also hateful. I think he's of the mindset that just saying mean things is funny. It wasn't. Perry failed so miserably that he even acted as another person to be as hateful and unfunny as possible. The theater was almost half full and there wasn't much laughing going on. The same people laughed at the same stupid jokes over and over.
I've never seen a Tyler Perry movie, and this is it for me. I wouldn't tell anyone they needed to see Witness Protection for any reason. It's high on my list of most pointless movies ever made.