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Madea Goes to Jail -- Madea is in trouble again...this time with the law in the sensational play from acclaimed playwright Tyler Perry, captured live onstage.
Madea Goes to Jail -- When Madea's (Perry) trouble-making antics land her behind bars, among the cast of characters she meets is Candy (Pulliam), a prostitute whose life is off-track and in need of the type of tough love that only Madea can provide.
Madea Goes to Jail -- Clip: Diner
Madea Goes to Jail -- Clip: Going to the slammer


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Mischievous grandma Madea lands in jail, where she meets a variety of mixed-up characters. | Full synopsis »
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Tyler Perry ... Madea / Joe / Brian

Derek Luke ... Joshua Hardaway

Keshia Knight Pulliam ... Candace Washington

David Mann ... Brown

Tamela J. Mann ... Cora (as Tamela Mann)

RonReaco Lee ... Chuck

Ion Overman ... Linda

Vanessa Ferlito ... Donna

Viola Davis ... Ellen

Sofía Vergara ... T.T.

Robin Coleman ... Big Sal
Bobbi Baker ... Tanya

Aisha Hinds ... Fran

Benjamín Benítez ... Arthur

Karan Kendrick ... Guard Watson
Njema Williams ... Officer
Richard Malcolm Reed ... Bailiff
Greg Mathis ... Judge Mathis (as Judge Mathis)
Eric Williams ... Guard (as Eric V. Williams)

Elizabeth Diane Wells ... Lady (as Elizabeth Wells Berkes)
Mablean Ephriam ... Judge Mablean (as Judge Mablean Ephraim)

Phil McGraw ... Dr. Phil (as Dr. Phil McGraw)

Whoopi Goldberg ... Whoopi
Tom Joyner ... Tom Joyner

Al Sharpton ... Al Sharpton (as Rev. Al Sharpton)
Michael Baisden ... Michael Baisden

Steve Harvey ... Steve Harvey
Wanda Smith ... Wanda
Sybil Wilkes ... Sybil Wilkes
Shirley Strawberry ... Shirley Strawberry

J. Anthony Brown ... J. Anthony Brown

Joy Behar ... Joy Behar

Sherri Shepherd ... Sherri Shepherd

Elisabeth Hasselbeck ... Elisabeth Hasselbeck
James Sutton ... Public Defender #1
Theroun Patterson ... Public Defender #2
Frank Ski ... Frank Ski
Georgia Me ... Female Prisoner (as Tamika 'Georgia Me' Harper)
Rob Glidden ... John

Constantine Varazo ... Man

Jackson Walker ... Mr. Brackman

Kevin Wayne ... Officer #2
Leon Lamar ... Old Man (as Leon LaMar)
Allen Earls ... Pastor
Valeria Taylor ... Prostitute #1
Sheryland Neal ... Prostitute #2

Tony Harris ... TV Reporter
Mark Wilson ... Bailiff #2

Annie Cook ... Reporter #1
Trey Greene ... Reporter #2
Nathan Standridge ... Guard #2
Robert Summe ... Police Officer

Ciera Payton ... Undercover Detective
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Angelo ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Badar ... Protester (uncredited)
Kenneth Bowen ... Kmart Attendee (uncredited)
Frances Cobb ... Courtroom Observer (uncredited)
Lem Collins ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Andre Davis ... Protester (uncredited)
Anthony J. Davis ... District Attorney (uncredited)
Michael Fortune ... Extra (uncredited)
Angel Glaspie ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Cheryl Harris ... Wedding Patron (uncredited)
Barry Hopkins ... Courthouse Visitor (uncredited)
Rodney L. James ... Kmart Shopper (uncredited)
Eli Jones ... Correctional Officer (uncredited)

Gabby Lecea ... Court Deputy (uncredited)
Winston Mattox ... Office worker / wedding guest (uncredited)

Lynn McArthur ... Female Prisoner (uncredited)
Deanna Marie Morris ... Shopper (uncredited)

Dominique Nicole ... Supporting (uncredited)

Dominick Racano ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Olivia D. Robinson ... D.A. (uncredited)
Errol Sadler ... Sheriff (uncredited)

Greg Savage ... Correctional Officer (uncredited)

Al G. Sillah ... Shopper (uncredited)
Gail Silva ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Brian Spencer ... Wedding Attendee (uncredited)
Andy G. Strauss ... Donna's Customer (uncredited)

Vanelle ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Joe Walsh ... Reporter (uncredited)
Cheryl Washington ... Prostitute (uncredited)

Directed by
Tyler Perry 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tyler Perry  writer

Produced by
Roger M. Bobb .... co-producer
Reuben Cannon .... producer
Joseph P. Genier .... co-producer
Karen Gorodetzky .... line producer
Michael Paseornek .... executive producer
Tyler Perry .... producer
Original Music by
Aaron Zigman 
Cinematography by
Alexander Gruszynski (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Maysie Hoy 
Casting by
Kimberly Hardin  (as Kim Hardin)
Art Direction by
Mark Erbaugh 
Roswell Hamrick 
Set Decoration by
Lance Totten 
Costume Design by
Keith G. Lewis 
Makeup Department
Lay'Na Anderson .... additional makeup artist
Maurice Beaman .... hair stylist
Andrea C. Brotherton .... hair stylist
Patrice Coleman .... key makeup artist
Yvonne Eagle .... makeup artist: Mr. Perry (as Yvonne L. Eagle)
Anita Gibson .... department head makeup
T.A. Henderson .... key hair stylist
Bill Johnson .... special makeup effects artist (as Bill 'Splat' Johnson)
Alleen J. Linley .... hair stylist
Wanda Patterson .... makeup artist
Charles Gregory Ross .... department head hair stylist
Toby Sells .... special makeup effects artist: Lone Wolf FX (as Toby A. Sells)
Julia Steinberg .... assistant hair stylist
Dawn Turner .... hair stylist
Victoria Wood .... wig maker
Dionne Wynn .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mark W. McCoy .... post production manager (as Mark McCoy)
Curtis A. Miller .... production director: Lions Gate Films
Carl Pedregal .... post-production supervisor
Donna Sloan .... executive in charge of production: Lions Gate Films
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roger M. Bobb .... first assistant director
Angelique Bones .... second assistant director
Rhonda Guthrie .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Calvin Ashford .... assistant to production designer
James Brothers .... property master
Adam Brustein .... graphic artist
Cristina Lucia Cesari .... buyer
Karen A. Felix .... assistant property master
Daniel B. Foster .... leadman
Hsanni Henry .... assistant to production designer
Fred Holloway .... construction toolman
Mark Keever .... set dresser
Ellen L. Kerr .... buyer
Rich Koll .... gang boss
David H. Nash .... gang boss
Windi Robinson .... carpenter
Joey Sisson .... set dresser
Andy G. Strauss .... picture car coordinator
James Vasilovic .... set dresser
Jay Womer .... construction coordinator
Kip Jamison .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Laura Harris Atkinson .... dialogue editor
Steve Bartkowicz .... sound re-recording engineer
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Brian Didsbury .... sound utility
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Glynna Grimala .... sfx editor
Phil Lee .... sound recordist
Colt Logan .... boom operator
Jane McKeever .... sound effects editor
Christopher Mills .... sound recordist: reshoot
Margit Pfeiffer .... dialogue editor
Drew Ponder .... boom operator
David Stanke .... first assistant sound editor
Gary Summers .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor
Roy Machado .... adr mixer (uncredited)
John St. Denis .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Matt Neel .... special effects technician
Lisa Reynolds .... special effects foreman
Visual Effects by
Jamie Baxter .... digital artist
Trinh Baxter .... digital artist
Marc Dobiecki .... motion control
Cortney Haile .... visual effects executive
Spencer Hecox .... visual effects artist
Brian Holter .... visual effects artist
Ray Horta .... Operations (Technicolor Digital Intermediates )
Jason Jensen .... visual effects artist
John Kearns .... digital restoration
Jeremy Meltzer .... digital compositor
Mindy Minkow .... titles coordinator
Erin L. Nelson .... digital restoration
Justin Pascal .... digital compositor
Jason Sanford .... visual effects producer
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration
Mike Uguccioni .... visual effects supervisor
Ashley J. Ward .... digital compositor
Kym Washington .... stunt double
Gus Williams .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Antignane .... best boy electric
Chris Birdsong .... electrician
Pete Bowman .... best boy grip
Quantrell D. Colbert .... still photographer
Stephen Crocker .... first assistant camera: second unit
Alfeo Dixon .... still photographer
Marc Dobiecki .... camera operator: second unit
William Frazier .... electrician
James Biggame Gallimore .... video assist
Jos'h Hancher .... camera: "a" camera
Jos'h Hancher .... second assistant camera
Tony Jenzano .... video assist
Sherri Angela Leger .... film loader
Bobb Lovett .... electrician
Levi Loy .... rigging key grip
Parris Mayhew .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jim McKinney .... camera operator: second unit
Greg Morse .... video playback
Kevin Murphy .... gaffer
Craig Nix .... super technocrane operator
Connor O'Malley .... lighting technician
David Parker .... rigging electrician
Mike Pearce .... set electrician
Robert Robinson .... first assistant camera
Dean M. Simmon .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Steve Sudge .... best boy rigging electric
Cris Toebben .... grip
Troy Toebben .... electrician: base camp
Trey Twitty .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Porter Versfelt III .... epk camera operator
Anthony Zibelli .... libra head technician
Steve Zigler .... rigging gaffer
Casting Department
Michelle Adams .... casting associate
Heather Hylton Bivens .... extras casting director
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
John Pleasant .... extras casting assistant
Alpha Tyler .... casting: Atlanta
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sylvia Akuchie .... set costumer
Shilla Benning .... costumer
Chantel L. Brown .... wardrobe intern
Sekinah Brown .... assistant costume designer
Shayne Allen Duhon .... set costumer
Rhonney Greene .... set costumer
Jeannette Guillermo .... key costumer
Gertrude Moore .... head tailor
Carol Sadler .... costume supervisor
Barbara Vazquez .... costumer: Mr. Perry
Editorial Department
Kimberly Ellis .... post-production assistant (as Kimberly Wilhoit)
Melissa Gearhart .... assistant editor
Diane LeDesma .... colorist: dailies
Carl S.G. Moore .... digital intermediate producer
Matt Russell .... post-production assistant
Mark Sahagun .... digital intermediate editor
Jeff Smithwick .... digital film colorist
Dan Williams .... post-production assistant
Ariana Young .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Johnny Caruso .... music editor
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Jerry Hey .... orchestrator
Dan Higgins .... orchestrator
Joel C. High .... music supervisor
The Hollywood Studio Symphony .... music performed by
Steve Juliani .... music preparation (as Steven Juliani)
Mateo Laboriel .... electronic music programmer
Rebecca Rienks .... assistant music supervisor
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
Dennis S. Sands .... music recordist (as Dennis Sands)
D.L. Smith .... music technical consultant
Michael Stern .... music mixer
Michael Stern .... music recordist
Aaron Zigman .... conductor
Aaron Zigman .... orchestrator
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Jesse Voccia .... electronic music programmer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Janet Perrotti .... driver
Patricia Sammons .... driver
Randy Southerland .... driver: props truck
Other crew
Dana Abercrombie .... stand-in
Ozzie Areu .... president: Tyler Perry Studios
Gaytra Arnold .... office production assistant
Norman Bielowicz .... unit location manager
Justin Bones .... set production assistant
Ami Cohen .... production department coordinator
Lisa C. Collins .... payroll accountant
Christopher Conkling .... production accountant
Jennifer DiQuollo .... key craft service
Derrick Doose .... key set production assistant
Rhavynn Drummer .... assistant: Mr. Cannon
Deborah Evans .... production supervisor
Shantell Fancher .... production secretary
Amanda Shamis Flannery .... clearance supervisor (as Amanda Shamis)
Michael Fortune .... stand-in (as Michael Telfair)
Tsedy Gebeyehu .... production assistant
Robert Hatch .... stand-in
Valencia Y. Hawkins .... executive assistant: Mr. Perry and Mr. Areu
Liam Hearne .... post-production accountant
Atiya Henry .... executive assistant: Mr. Cannon (as Atiya M. Henry)
David K. Henry .... microscope cinematography advisor
David K. Henry .... production financing
Elliot Holmes .... key location pa
Gail Hunter .... script supervisor
Bill Jacks .... manager of business and legal affairs
Jina Jones .... assistant: Mr. Sacchi
Kim Ju .... second assistant accountant
Paul Lowe .... set medic
Karen Marie Mason .... assistant location manager
Robert M. Melnik .... executive vice president of business affairs
Cheryl Miller .... production coordinator
Ricky Miller .... assistant: Ms. Sloan
Christopher Mills .... epk sound
Sommer Oliver .... assistant: Mr. Genier
Gary Ousdahl .... executive assistant to Tyler Perry
Tim Palen .... Co-President, Theatrical Marketing: Lionsgate
Synderela Peng .... title designer (as Synderella Peng)
Shanika L. Peterson .... accounting clerk
George Pierre .... production assistant
Alena Quaye .... assistant: Ms. Mayhew
Lindsey Ramey .... assistant: Mr. Paseornek
Torrey Russell .... executive production assistant: tyler perry
Cassius Allen Shuman .... business & legal affairs
Courtney A.G. Smith .... executive assistant: Mr. Bobb
Jeremy Thomas .... production assistant
Kristin Topps .... production assistant
Jason Underwood .... location assistant
Laura von Herrmann .... additional craft service assistant
Garson Yu .... title designer and supervisor
Michael Fortune .... stand-in (uncredited)
De'Angelo Wright .... stand-in (uncredited)
Lola Adellan .... special thanks
The Black Eyed Peas .... special thanks
Mary J. Blige .... special thanks
Craig Damon .... special thanks
Louis Katz .... special thanks (as Louis Katz, M.D.)
Ray Lavender .... special thanks
Joe N. Lester .... special thanks (as Joe N. Lester, DDS)
J. Michael Marlett .... special thanks
Michael T. Marlett .... special thanks
William H.D. Marlett .... special thanks (as Willie H.D. Marlett)
Snoop Dogg .... special thanks
Teyana Taylor .... special thanks
Craig Teasdale .... special thanks (as Dr. Craig Teasdale)
Donna Wilhoit .... special thanks .... special thanks (as Will.I.Am)
Peter Yoon .... special thanks (as Dr. Peter Yoon)

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Also Known As:
"Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail" - USA (complete title)
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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, drug content, some violence and sexual situations
103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Singapore:NC-16 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #44944)
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Dr. Phil:What is wrong with you? Why do you feel the need that you gotta "get" somebody all the time?
Madea:Well when you gettin' "got" and somebody done "got" you and you go "get" them, when you get 'em everybody's gon' get got.
Dr. Phil:Yea but you're gettin' the gotters when they didn't do anything to even get you.
Madea:Yea but if the gotters get me I'm gonna get my glock.
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A miserably inconsistent film, 27 March 2015
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail is one of his messiest films yet, but this time, I think I can form an explanation as to why it seems like two mediocre films were sandwiched together here to effectively create one bad film. The film came out in 2009, only four years after Perry made his theatrical debut with Diary of a Mad Black Woman, another aggressively mediocre and uneven film. During this time, if Perry wasn't writing unique stories for his theatrical efforts, he was updating his plays to fit the theatrical standards for their film counterparts. Madea Goes to Jail was one the first play written after his entry into theatrical films that was later adapted for a play soon after. The writing process for the play, and more-so the film, had to have gone a lot quicker, as Perry needed to create a story for the stage, begin directing and selling it, while writing the story for the screen, and directing and finalizing it. Alas, we end up with a theatrical effort of Perry's that's horribly uneven and jarringly bad even when its individual prospects are examined.

The film revolves, yet again, follows Tyler Perry's cross-dressing alter-ego Madea Simmons, who is arrested for her latest police spectacle, which involved a high-speed chase down the freeway. Being that the officers, fearing for their lives and amidst being beaten, didn't read Madea her Miranda rights, the judge cannot lock her up, but instead, sends her to an anger management course with Dr. Phil McGraw. With the help of her daughter Cora (Tamela Mann) and her pot-smoking brother Joe (Tyler Perry), Madea tries to get through anger management in the most insubordinate way possible.

Meanwhile, on an almost entirely unrelated note, we follow a district attorney named Joshua (Derek Luke), who is leading a successful career for himself, along with his fiancée Linda (Ion Overman), another attorney. One day, however, a woman named Candace "Candy" Washington (Keshia Knight Pulliam), an old friend of Joshua's, reenters his life. Candy is now a drug-addicted prostitute, living on the streets, victim to savage pimps and horny clients with no place to stay or sleep. Joshua's act of kindness in allowing Candy to stay at his and Linda's home angers Linda, who sees Candy as nothing more than street trash who must live in her ill-made bed because of the bad choices she's made.

Perry intersects these stories with so little cohesion it's almost like flipping channels between Tommy Boy and the darker scenes of Showgirls. I have no knowledge how the play compared to this, but it would appear that in addition to wanting to make a film about Madea going to prison and experiencing life behind bars, Perry also wanted to make a film about a soon-to-be-married couple's opportunity at redeeming another soul and finding disagreements amongst themselves and each others methods. Both, like most ideas, could've amounted to good individual films, but as soon as these ideas were combined, there was little to no hope of them being good.

Perry's unevenness as a filmmaker, and his frequent dramatic ineptitude, is part of the reason why his filmography is so inconsistent. However, on some cases, he's managed to mask his burden of having too many subplots, characters, and ideas by way of offering insights on marriage and life in general, such as in Daddy's Little Girls and Madea's Big Happy Family. However, Madea Goes to Jail shows is tendencies exhibited in the worst possible way, not only combining two wholly unrelated stories that don't even intersect in any way save for one small, momentary instance, but even gives his beloved matriarch so little to work with here. Madea, who has found her way to be occasionally funny, is almost uniformly dull here, with throwaway one-liners and forgettable comedic positioning that doesn't allow for her true comic prose to shine through. Not only does Perry mistreat the film's structure, but he shortchanges his greatest film asset as well.

Madea Goes to Jail is so cloyingly disjointed and uninteresting that one can't help but question whether or not Perry even takes his audience seriously, giving them something like this. Perry has been a filmmaker that surprises me just as much as he disappoints me, but when films like this become the norm, when does the lack of seriousness and respect see itself turned from the filmmaker to the audience into a lack of seriousness and respect from the audience to the filmmaker?

Starring: Tyler Perry, Tamela Mann, Derek Luke, Ion Overman, and Keshia Knight Pulliam. Directed by: Tyler Perry.

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