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Madea Goes to Jail (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 20 February 2009 (USA)
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Mischievous grandma Madea lands in jail, where she meets a variety of mixed-up characters.

Director:

Tyler Perry

Writers:

Tyler Perry (based on the stage play by), Tyler Perry
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Bobbi Baker ... Tanya
Aisha Hinds ... Fran
Benjamín Benítez ... Arthur
Karan Kendrick ... Guard Watson
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Storyline

Mischievous grandma Madea lands in jail, where she meets a variety of mixed-up characters.

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, drug content, some violence and sexual situations | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,030,947, 22 February 2009

Gross USA:

$90,508,336

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,508,336
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Madea's absurdly-uninhibited confrontation with Miss Smug 'n' Shallow over the parking spot is somewhat reminiscent of the infamous parking-space brawl started by Mohammad Atta shortly before the 9/11 WTC attacks. See more »

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When Miss Smug 'n' Shallow begins to waltz across the parking lot toward the BigK after her rude-smiley sass reply of, "I saw you --- I took it!", she starts to cross over the white-painted handicapped-striped area in the next spot over from her car. Several seconds elapse after this, during the close-up shot of Madea doing her "Yeah, just walk off like you bad! Are you bad?!" fuming, yet when the camera cuts away to the wide-angle again, Miss S&S is just barely to the other side of the striped area, which would have only taken her a second or two to reach. See more »

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Joshua Hardaway: When we were in college, the others made fun of her, about her clothes and her hair, and I started avoiding her. One night, I had a date, and the football team said they would keep her company...
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Joshua Hardaway: I came back that night and went into my room... and they... they raped her, and I didn't do nothing about it. I'm so sorry.
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References Super Fly (1972) See more »

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Scorpion
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Performed by Dale Peterson
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A Message Worth Hearing
26 February 2009 | by ExcelVPSee all my reviews

I said it before...Let's show respect for each other. We can share our opinions without belittling and insulting one another. In his movies and plays, Tyler brings a lot of serious issues to our attention, and he uses the characters to help a lot of people deal with those issues. Now that we are increasing awareness rather than continuing to hide these issues, it's time to do something about them. Don't support Tyler Perry only to be entertained by Madea, Brown, or other characters, or to critique their work. Personally, I wasn't entertained by MGTJ. However, I did leave the theatre with an increased awareness of a very serious issue in our society. There's always a message, worth hearing, in Tyler's work.

If you like APF's (audience participation films), this is the movie for you, and by all means see MGTJ at the theatre. You'll enjoy the commentary, hysterical laughter in anticipation of the punch lines, ab-libbing, etc. Otherwsie, I recommend viewing on cable or satellite - with an open mind. See the bigger picture and ask yourself, "Does this film present issues that I can do something about?" Your commitment doesn't have to be large-scale. Maybe you resolve to challenge your old views.

If you don't like MGTJ, or you don't respect TP as a film maker. Make a better film addressing these issues and calling people to action.

Blessings, ~VP


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