Madea's Witness Protection

2012

Madea's Witness Protection

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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 Atlanta, can think of... His Aunt Madea's house down South. -- (C) Lionsgate

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Cast

Tyler Perry
as Madea/Uncle Joe/Brian
Eugene Levy
as George Needleman
Denise Richards
as Kate Needleman
Tom Arnold
as Walter
John Amos
as Pastor Nelson
Shayne Anderson
as TSA Agent
Dean Balkwill
as Attendant
Nelson Bonilla
as Agent Mulligan
Frank Brennan
as Jack Goldberg
Eric Brooks
as Bellman
Jonny Clemson
as Bellman #2
Daniel Brule
as Bike Messenger
Meg Gillentine
as Flight Attendant
Arin Logan
as Bank Receptionist
Eaddy Mays
as Agent Thomas
Shane Partlow
as FBI Agent
Wanda Smith
as Security Guard
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  • Dec 01, 2012
    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.
    Everett J Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2012
    Not as enjoyable as some of his other films. 2 stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2012
    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.
    Bathsheba M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2012
    I'm not going to deny that Tyler Perry is a talented performer. At least as far as as Madea and Uncle Joe goes. I don't think I can deny that, no matter how much I truly disliked his movies. The problem is everything that he gives his "characters" to perform. He doesn't write good scripts and, it's a damn miracle quite frankly, that he didn't include a melodramatic story in this movie as well to go along with the comedy. Madea goes to Jail had some horrible drama, just fucking TERRIBLE stuff, as did Madea's Big Happy Family. Though the Jail one was considerably worse. So it's surprising, to say the least, to see Tyler get rid of all the drama altogether and stick with what he does "best" and that's the comedy. With that said, and I know this isn't saying much, but this is the best of the 3 Madea films I've seen. Again, that's not saying much since the movie still isn't any good. The comedy is what Tyler Perry does best but he's also not particularly good at it either, at least as far as writing it. The problem is that he's the main creative force in his films. Perhaps if he had someone to work with, someone to bounce ideas off then maybe the films wouldn't be as, shall we say, lacking in real genuine laughs. Once you've seen every Madea movie you've seen them all, and I suppose it's what like. Sort of like The Pink Panther, in a strange and odd way. I think the main problem, other than the script itself which is full of cliches and lame-ass jokes, is the fact that this feels like a TV movie for a cancelled sitcom. That is really what it feels like. I had been having a hard time trying to find the exact description for these films for a while, and this is exactly what they feel like. This would be more than fine if it were a TV film, but the fact that Tyler Perry's art is, somehow, supposed to be worthy of release in a movie theater is beyond me. It doesn't bother me as much but, again, this should, by all intents and purposes, be a TV film. But hey, I don't get to decide that, plus there's money to be made here obviously. Exploit that cash cow as much as you can. The movie is also far too long, 1 hour and 50 minutes is simply too long for a script that is already stretched thin as it is. There are long stretches of time when you're not even sure what's going on and what the point of it is. There's this subplot with Barbara and Uncle Joe where they had an affair which may have spawned George (Eugene Levy) and I suppose it was meant to add laughs, but it simply felt like filler to me. Like they just had to give them something to do, but it served no other purpose otherwise. It wasn't that funny, but really that's film's main problem. I mean it does have its moments, it's not all bad and, perhaps, I'm being generous with the rating. I didn't hate this film as much as Madea goes to Jail, but it's still no good. Unless you're a HUGE fan of the series then I wouldn't really recommend this.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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