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If nothing else, and there really isn't much else, this feature provides a startling glimpse into the interiors of Perry's imagination.
While its predecessor at least pleased his fans, writer-director-star Perry's latest offers few laughs and embarrassing post-production work.
This movie finds Mr. Perry, never the most deft at the technical aspect of filmmaking, drastically off whatever his best game is.
It's already a general rule that Madea movies are never all that funny whenever Madea isn't on screen, but even when she and Joe are at the center of the action, they're batting about .250 when it comes to punchlines.
Like Madea, Perry's getting away with attempted murder.
In the end, the scariest thing about Boo 2! is the idea that A Madea Easter might be next.
Perry has made a sequel based on a film that was based off a joke Chris Rock made in his movie and it is as pathetic as it sounds.
When you try too hard to make the audience laugh, it hurts -- physically.
Feels like the work of a creator who is starting to actively resent his job.
One can only hope Perry will move on to another holiday and perhaps take the effort to reconnect with the crazy old-lady persona that has served him so well. Until then: Oh hail, no.
Crude, tired jokes and drug use weigh down Madea sequel.
As a pure Perry apologist, this critic found Boo 2! boring, frankly.
So, remember how I was talking about first impressions in my review of Logan Lucky and how they're not always all they're cracked up to be? I mention this given how Channing Tatum has grown on me and, quite frankly, he's turned into a pretty damn good actor. The reason I bring this up in reference to this movie should be obvious. I'm talking about Tyler Perry. I think it should be noted that at the time Mr. Perry became a major name in Hollywood in 2005 with Diary of Mad Black Woman, which he did not direct, there weren't many people making films specifically for the black market. I mean, obviously, there were some people, but a lot of these movies were not heavily pushed in the mainstream and Tyler Perry gave an audience that was underrepresented something that was specifically for them. That all of these movies were good is debatable, as I've seen plenty of Madea movies and none of them have been good. But, with that said, in 2018, there's far more consideration in regards of giving black filmmakers a voice to tell their own stories for their own audiences. Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, Jordan Peele, hell, even Spike Lee lately (what with BlacKkKlansman) among others have helped filled that void. So, to me, it makes someone like Tyler Perry completely obsolete and unnecessary in this day and age. Yet, here's the thing about first impressions, I think Tyler Perry, throughout the years, has actually gotten worse as a filmmaker and a writer instead of the other way around. Tyler Perry, counting his stage plays, has literally been doing this for 20 years, as his first play came out in 1998. If I didn't do the math incorrectly, including his entire filmography and stage plays, he's written (and directed) 41 scripts. And that's not counting on his work in television, which I won't even bother to go over. So this man is incredibly prolific. That, obviously, isn't always a good thing because, as I mentioned, I feel like this guy has actually gotten worse. He has not shown any improvements in terms of actually writing compelling characters or stories. I will, however, always say that as far as Madea and her brother Joe, Perry does a great job performing as these characters. That these characters are tired and, really, not necessarily that funny aside, he still does an admirable job as them and I will never take that away from him. Shame that, without those two characters, he has absolutely no charisma. Regardless, the point that I am trying to make here with all this, is that this movie absolutely fucking awful. I don't know because I try to forget these Madea movies the second I'm done with them, but this may be his worst movie yet. And the fact that I think it's his worst movie yet by a country mile should tell you a lot, because all the Madea movies I've seen have been terrible. I legitimately cannot believe that this movie had a budget of $25 million, because looking at it, visually, this just looks awful. Like it was shot on a budget of $1 million over a weekend. And, of course, the acting is just even worse. I'm sorry, I don't know who Patrice Lovely is, but she is absolutely terrible as Hattie. She's just such a grating and annoying presence, I just want her to go away forever. Her voice, particularly when it gets really high, is such that you just wanna go through the TV and strangle her so she can never hurt anyone ever again. Hannah Stocking, who plays Horse's stalker, is also absolutely fucking terrible and annoying. I do not know who this lady is, but I do not want to see her ever again. And, somehow, the writing is even worse than the acting, if you can believe that. Here's the thing, however, is the fact that the writing, particularly for these two Madea Halloween movies, feels like it's Tyler Perry shoving his agenda on how to raise a teen properly down everyone's throats. Brian, the only normal character Tyler plays in this movie, is a perfect father who lets everyone walk over him. Tiffany, his daughter, is ungrateful, his ex-wife does whatever she wants with Tiffany without consulting Brian (like getting her a car and letting her go to this party at Lake Derrick), blah, blah, blah, blah. Brian is perfect, he makes no mistakes and his way is the only way that anyone should ever raise their child. If you think giving your teenage son/daughter some space is a good idea, then DON'T. You need to smother that little fucker until your child ends up hating you. You need to control every little aspect of their lives because, if you don't, they'll turn to a life of drugs, prostitution and death. Oh and did I mention that Tiffany turns EIGHTEEN years old at the start of the movie. Also, if your eighteen-year-old daughter wants to date someone, that someone needs to tell her father that he wants to date her, because we all know that the, supposedly, eighteen-year-old woman shouldn't be able to date someone without her father consenting to it first. You know, like I said, you need to control every aspect of her life and teach her life lessons whenever she does something that you might not approve of. Because that's the way life should be. And the thing is that Perry himself scripts these characters in such a way that they're so unlikable that you're, invariably, gonna take his side and whatever good points these characters may have are drowned out by how much you actually hate them. Brian ends up giving his EIGHTEEN-year-old daughter the birthday party he wants to give her, not something that she would enjoy. Again, Brian is such a controlling human being but, again, he disguises this as his being the hard-working father who's just trying to do his best for an ungrateful daughter and an insufferable ex-wife. It really might be some of the worst scripting I've seen in a long time. Like I mentioned earlier, it's Tyler Perry pushing his own parenting standards on the viewing audience. There's probably a story to tell here, might not be a good one but still, but only if the characters are a little more balanced and not as one-dimensional as they are. The ungrateful daughter, the horrid ex-wife, the hard-working father who makes absolutely no mistakes whatsoever. If your daughter doesn't do what you like, you pull an elaborate prank where you make her believe that she's about to be murdered. Because that's the way to teach your daughter responsibility, by scaring the fucking shit out of her and making her think she's gonna die. If this is the way Tyler Perry raises his kids, then he is the last person I would ever take parenting advice from. It's also interesting in that there's some scenes where the characters clearly mouth the word 'damn', but the sound that comes out is darn. This is a real, actual thing that happened. This is a movie that has Joe constantly talk about hos, pimping, choking hos and, basically, being sexist dick and there's no problem with that, but we have to dub in 'darn' instead of the original 'damn' because that might be too offensive for some sensibilities. What in the actual fuck??? This is a movie that features Brian being a complete and unlikable dick who wants to monitor his, technically, adult daughter's every move and, somehow, we're worried about offending christian sensibilities??? This movie is all about family values and honoring thy father, but Tyler Perry sure can't resist shooting Lexy Panterra's ass when she twerks while she's dressed up in a one-piece leopard swimsuit. Hey, look, I wasn't bothered by seeing this lovely young woman twerk, but I'm questioning the hypocrisy of Perry pushing this family values agenda down everybody's throat while, at the same time, showcasing this woman shaking her ass in a hypnotic manner. And, if at the very least, the horror in the movie, if you can even call it horror, were remotely entertaining. It doesn't have to be scary, it just has to make you laugh, then that would be one thing. But this is the worst horror movie I've seen in a long ass time. It's like Tyler Perry has seen, literally, only one horror movie in his entire life and that's what he bases everything around. It's so awful and it's so obviously another elaborate prank in order to teach his daughter a lesson. It's, quite literally, the same thing as the conclusion to the first movie. The only difference is the fact that, instead of the prank taking place during the conclusion like the first movie, the prank takes place throughout the entire party at Lake Derrick. I also like how Brian and his friend Victor had enough time, after it was revealed they were going to this party, had enough time to go to Party City, the day BEFORE Halloween, and find enough costumes and make-up in order to pull off his prank. They also had the wherewithal to know where exactly to place these two women helping them pull off the prank, in order to scare whomever it is he wants to scare. This was a surprisingly perfectly executed prank for one planned on such short notice. Not to mention the fact that the prank is revealed in the most anti-climactic of manners. All of this bullshit for THAT payoff??? This is an awful fucking movie, on all fronts. Probably one of the worst movies I've seen in a long time. While it gets the same rating as Rings or The Bye-Bye Man, this is somehow even worse than those two movies, which I find impossible to believe. If anyone actually gave this anything about two stars, what were you thinking?!?!?!?! I hated every second of this miserable movie. HATED IT!!!
I don't automatically hate Tyler Perry's alter ego/monstrous matriarch, Madea. I didn't even hate the first Boo film, but its sequel is exactly everything Perry's critics have accused his films of being. This is the movie everyone thinks the Madea films are. This feels like 90 minutes of vamping, where there clearly wasn't a script and Perry hoped each new scene would somehow stumble into hilarity. The premise could have worked, placing Madea in a Friday the 13th scenario, but they play it as a lesson to teach the youth about their fool ways. It's so listless and repeats itself often, stretching to fill out the running time of a feature film. It's poorly developed, poorly planned, and none of the characters matter as they sometimes change abruptly by the moment. There was clearly no plans to do a sequel for the first Madea Halloween movie, until it became the second highest-grossing film of his career. Everything about this movie smells of desperation. Everybody is just dancing around on screen, speaking in circuitous improv jags that go nowhere, and there's even an extended sequence of twerking from a famous dancer. This is a punishing movie that plays to Perry's worst instincts. Let the Boo franchise die.
Nate's Grade: D
Remember when there was just one of these Halloween flicks featuring Madea from, you know, last year? Only this time, Tyler Perry manages to make one more comeback with a film so unbearable you can't even imagine why they would still continue this series. Let's hope one day, we'll find a way to end what must be bought to an end.
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