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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$90,485,233, 19 April 2009
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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In the scene when Chuck is typing, studying a case for his friend Joshua, the laptop should be on. He is using a MacBook Pro. When MacBook Pros are on, the Apple logo on the back of the notebook would be illuminated white. Thus since the logo isn't lit, the computer is off. See more »

Quotes

Madea: I don't understand why people want to be a victim. Your mama did this, your daddy did that. All they had to do was give you life and however good or however bad it was, now it's up to YOU to make something of it.
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What Would You Say
Written by Aaron Albano and Michael Lynche
Performed by Michael Lynche
Published by Kobalt Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Hood Famous Music by arrangement with Shelly Bay Music
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Mama Gonna Knock You Out
9 October 2009 | by veraturnerSee all my reviews

Short tempered, impatient, cussing, pistol carrying and definitely quick to shoot, but yet, in time of need, the most caring person that anyone could ever have as a relative. Does that sound familiar? I am convinced that in one form or another, most people can relate to having such an individual in the family.

My mother (with the exception of carrying a pistol, cussing, and quick to shoot) was such a person in my family. Her choice of weapon was basically a shoe, knife, or whatever she could find in her hand at the time to throw.

I thought of these things as I watched the movie "Madea Goes to Jail." It is a delightful, fictional tale about a southern family, whose matriarch (Mabel Simmons, a.k.a. Madea) has had numerous encounters with the law enforcement of the county in which they live. The film begins with its main character being chased by the police on a highway. By the way, the news is covering the event, which is enabling people to see it as it is happening.

Madea's family and friends, along with the community, watch with mixed emotions concerning the elderly, dearly beloved, but crazed senior citizen as she tries to outwit the police officers and avoid being captured. Captivity, however, is inevitable and justice must be served. Mr. Tyler Perry, the director of this film, brilliantly brings to the attention of the viewer Madea's criminal past by showing photos of her down through the years. Present-day, Madea stands alone (dressed in an orange prison outfit) to face the consequents of her actions of disregard for authority.

Through the interweaving of each character and their individual stories in the film (the engaged interracial couple, prostitute, and seemingly successful assistant district attorney), producer, and writer of the film, Mr. Tyler Perry flawlessly and effortlessly displayed the power of forgiveness: this film is superbly written and a must see for anyone who's struggling with the challenges of life and perhaps seeking forgiveness.


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