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Madea's Big Happy Family (2011)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 22 April 2011 (USA)
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The crazy and comical Mabel Simmoms, otherwise known as Madea, tries to wrangle her fighting family together for a family dinner regarding the health of her niece Shirley.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rodney Perry ...
Cora (as Tamela Mann)
Byron (as Shad 'Bow Wow' Moss)
Steven Wash Jr. ...
H.J. (as Stevie Wash Jr.)
Nicholas Milton ...
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Rated PG-13 for drug content, language and some mature thematic material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 April 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family  »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,068,677, 24 April 2011, Wide Release

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The choir singing at Shirley's funeral consisted of the cast members in the play the movie was based on. See more »


When Cora and Brown are talking to the doctor, Cora picks up her purse and sets it down on the counter behind her. When the camera switches back her purse is sitting on the table between her and Brown again. See more »


Madea: See, y'all Christians is somethin'... y'all go pull out that Bible, but y'all don't know which prescripture to use for which situation. You got to find the right prescripture. There's a prescripture that says, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so." Have you been redeemed by the Lord?
Shirley: Yes.
Madea: That's right, so if you've been redeemed by the Lord, and somebody does something to you that you don't like, even yo' kids, you can beat the hell outta them and just say, "So?" So that's what I'm'a do. I'm'a ...
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Written by Anthony Crawford (as Anthony "Shep" Crawford) and Kelly Price
Performed by Kelly Price
Published by Shep & Shep Music (ASCAP) and For the Write Price, Inc./Roynet (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Sang Girl/My Block/Malaco
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1st Time Madea Watcher
18 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

I have never watched a Madea movie before so I didn't know what to expect. I saw this one last night and laughed HARD!! :) I thought it was well done as far as topics in the film...family fighting, raising kids, paying child support, just being decent people. Not only did I laugh out loud many times, I also cried.

A few topic I would have liked them to expand on...mostly toward the end with Byyyyyrrrooooooonnnnnn (OMG--his baby mommy saying his name like that cracked me up every time!) and what transpired with he and his mother but that might have made it too serious.

I don't watch many movies mostly because I am disappointed and find them a waste of time after. I would watch this one over and over and sure I'd enjoy it every time. Good job Mr. Perry...I'm sure I'll start watching your other films soon.

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