Madea’s Mayhems Continue in ‘Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral’

Rated PG-13, the film releases in theaters Friday


America’s most lovable matriarch has gone to jail, joined a witness protection program, battled zombies, confronted the KKK and dealt with every imaginable disorderly scenario feasible.

Now, Tyler Perry’s latest and 11th comic tale centers on the meddlesome mama Madea who discovers a series scandals and skeletons long locked in the family closet whilst planning a funeral.

“I’ve been to a lot of funerals myself and though they are always sad and moving occasions, there are also a lot of hilarious things that happen at funerals,” shares Perry who assembles a cast of familiar faces in this latest offering.

Naturally, Madae’s two sidekicks, confidantes and equally trouble-prone partners-in-crime— Cassi Davis (Aunt Bam)  and Patrice Lovely (Hattie) are back and this time they are joined by actors Jen Harper, Rome Flynn, David Otunga, KJ Smith and Quin Walters.

“In some ways, there’s nothing funnier than some of the things I’ve seen go on at a black funeral. So I thought there was no better way to poke some fun at those rituals than to imagine Madea planning a big funeral,” Perry continues.

Woven into the film is a story about a family coming to terms with a legacy of adultery, secrecy and unacknowledged selflessness and the film has Perry’s usual slapstick style of comical candor.

Madea (Tyler Perry, left) and Hattie (Patrice Lovely, right) in A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL. Photo by: Chip Bergman

“Once all these crazy secrets come out, the family has to find a way to heal and come together,” explains Perry. “There are themes about learning to take responsibility for how you’ve treated other people. But at heart, I just wanted to make a movie that will keep people laughing.”

Ever since debuting in Tyler Perry’s first movie, “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” the rumbustious character known as Mabel “Madea” Simmons has taken on a life of her own. With her sassiness and penchant for trouble,  Perry’s alter-ego creation—who he has said was originally inspired both by his own beloved mother has starred in a string of successful films etching a place in cinematic history.

Definitely Perry’s comically wildest drama, “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral” is a poignant story about making amends.

Rated PG-13, “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral” releases in theaters Friday.

(pictured – Hattie (Patrice Lovely), Jesse (Rome Flynn), Silvia (Ciera Payton), Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis), and Madea (Tyler Perry) Photo by Chip Bergman

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