Meet The Browns (2008)



Critic Consensus: Angela Bassett's considerable charms can't compensate for Meet the Browns' incessant melodrama and scattered narrative threads.

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Prolific playwright Tyler Perry adapts his popular stage play of the same name in this family-oriented comedy concerning a desperate mother who connects with the family she never knew. Brenda is a single Chicago mother of three who has been struggling for years to keep her kids off of the streets. Suddenly let go from her job with no warning to speak of, the eternally optimistic mother begins to experience a suffocating sense of hopelessness for the very first time in her life. When Brenda receives a death notice claiming that the father she has never met has passed away, she quickly gathers up the kids and sets out for Georgia to attend the funeral. Upon arriving in the Deep South, the once fretful mother is pleasantly surprised to discover that there is a whole side of the family she never knew existed. A crass but good-natured clan that welcomes Brenda and her children with open arms, the Browns' lazy summer afternoons and frequent trips to the county fair offer a much-needed contrast to the stress of surviving in inner city Chicago. Writer/director/actor Perry reprises his role as indomitable, law-breaking grandmother Madea in a comedy that proves sometimes second chances come when you least expect it. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
PG-13 (for drug content, language including sexual references, thematic elements and brif violence)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Tyler Perry
as Joe/Madea
Angela Bassett
as Brenda Brown
Lance Gross
as Michael
Rick Fox
as Harry
Tamela Mann
as Cora Brown
Irma P. Hall
as Mildred
LaVan Davis
as Bus Driver
Phillip Van Lear
as Michael Brown Sr.
David Mann
as LeRoy Brown
Mariana Tolbert
as Lena Brown
Olumiji Olawumi
as Gang Member No.1
LaNisa Renee Frederick
as Bus Passenger
Allen Edge
as Samuel
Keith Kupferer
as Supervisor
Phil Ridarelli
as Power Company Worker
David Kronawitter
as News Reporter
David Kronenwetter
as News Reporter
Roy McCrerey
as NBA Coach
Shawn Shepard
as Doctor
Tom Clark
as Press Member No.1
Tasia Grant
as Press Memeber No.2
Michael Cole
as Richard
Wes Kennemore
as Carnival Worker
Mia Butler
as Woman
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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (19)

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Unlike Diary, the drama here is buoyant enough to handle the contrast of its too-silly slapstick.

Full Review… | March 25, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

Meet the Browns is packed with raucous dinner-table banter and broad double takes; sometimes the gags are funny, but usually they're just trying too hard.

Full Review… | March 24, 2008
Top Critic

To appreciate Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, there's really only one requirement: Loosen up.

Full Review… | March 24, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

There are a few laughs and some touching moments, but nothing you couldn't get by watching episodes of Good Times and Little House on the Prairie back to back.

Full Review… | March 24, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Whatever progress the man was making, Browns is a Madea-sized big fat step backward.

March 24, 2008
Orlando Sentinel
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Audience Reviews for Meet The Browns


Meet the Browns is another Tyler Perry film that seems to be so dramatic that people thinks its amazing, but it was just ok for me, its got good acting and an pretty good storyline, but overall it was just an ok movie for me.

Bradley Wright
Bradley Wright

Super Reviewer


Meet the Browns is another Tyler Perry film that seems to be so dramatic that people thinks its amazing, but it was just ok for me, its got good acting and an pretty good storyline, but overall it was just an ok movie for me.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer


Once an auteur reaches a certain plateau of unmitigated success, there comes the double-edged sword of creative freedom. While this rare privilege grants a few artists the Holy Grail of moviemaking known as ‘final cut,’ it also means that they will probably not hear the word ‘no’ until they tumble back down the industry ladder a la Orson Welles. For example, writer/directors George Lucas (Star Wars) and M. Night Shyamalan (Sixth Sense) never came close to realizing the high standards set by their breakthrough trilogies/movies. Both auteurs, however, followed up their landmark works with scripts that showed promise—-if only they had gone through a stricter editing process. Now a one-man mogul after successes on stage, television, and screen, Tyler Perry presents audiences with a similar dilemma. Meet the Browns shows potential but the scattershot script is all over the place. In this PG-13-rated dramedy, a single mother (Bassett) rediscovers the joys of family after reconnecting with the relatives of the father she never knew. Despite the preponderance of clichés and stereotypes, audiences cannot help but respect the good-hearted charm of Perry’s style. Problems arise, however, when contrivance after contrivance pops up (a coach scouting a basketball phenom in inner-city Chicago just happens to live in the same small Georgia town as the Browns) and the story becomes too cartoonish and slipshod (grandmotherly Madea shows up out of the blue in an OJ-style car chase). It then becomes hard to keep sight of such charm. But who has the gall to take a red pen to a mogul? Bottom line: Take a raincheck.

Jeff Boam
Jeff Boam

Super Reviewer

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