Kernel Rating (out of 5): 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 105 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 14+. Some cursing; sex- and race-themed jokes; lots of disparaging talk about race relations in the United States; and some of the most stereotypical, offensive depictions of both white and black communities and the American South to be on film this year. It’s all impressively dumb stuff.
Because Tyler Perry can’t stop counting his money, we get ‘Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas,’ with his cross-dressing character tackling holiday themes with her brash, abrasive personality. It’s all pretty typical for Perry, and pretty terrible, too.
By Roxana Hadadi
Here are some things we know about the character Madea, played by director-writer-multimillionaire Tyler Perry in drag: She’s a criminal, a felon, foul-mouthed, gun-carrying, politically incorrect, and essentially insufferable. You’ll know this because of Perry’s previous seven films featuring the character, but don’t worry: He doesn’t change anything for his latest, “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas.” Madea is still awful, and the film is awful, and this whole shtick of Perry’s is awful. Hasn’t he gotten tired of her yet?