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Tyler Perry, impresario of the gospel theater circuit, brings his gun-toting granny-drag persona Madea back to the big screen inMadea's Family Reunion, a sequel to the surprise hitDiary of a Mad Black Woman. In addition to being saddled with an unruly foster teen (Keke Palmer,The Wool Cap), Madea has two troubled nieces: Lisa (Rochelle Aytes,White Chicks), who's engaged to an abusive and controlling investment banker (Blair Underwood,Something New); and Vanessa (Lisa Arrindell Anderson,The Second Chance), who can't open herself to the affection of a bus driver/artist (Boris Kodjoe,The Gospel) because of childhood abuse. Wreaking havoc on both of their lives is their mother Victoria (Lynn Whitfield,Eve's Bayou, in delirious wicked witch mode). Like Madea's previous outing,Madea's Family Reunionmay induce mental whiplash--the movie zips from a discussion of flatulence to a jazz-backed poetry reading to domestic violence (Underwood, perhaps eager to leave his bland good-guy image behind, is genuinely scary), or from an act of horrific revenge to a staggeringly gaudy wedding. Though schizophrenic and morally questionable (beating an adult women is clearly wrong, but whipping a child with a belt in the name of tough love is apparently good), the movie is definitely unpredictable and never dull. Also featuring Cicely Tyson (Because of Winn-Dixie) and the poet Maya Angelou.--Bret Fetzer
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CastLynn Whitfield, Blair Underwood, Tyler Perry, Boris Kodjoe, Lisa Arrindell Anderson
DirectorTyler Perry
Release Date:  January 1, 2002
Screen WriterTyler Perry
DVD Release Date:  June 27, 2006
Runtime:  107 minutes
Studio:  Lions Gate
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review by . June 27, 2006
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A number of viewers has ridicule this film saying that it's just a men in drag trying to be funny which has been done before and that is true, but none of those have been done like this.    Madea's Family Reunion is about family, love, hurt, painful secrets and laughter. It features the infamous, gun-toting tell-it-like-it-is Madea, but this movie introduces a lot of well-rounded characters that are played by some incredible actors. We meet Vanessa the older of the two nieces …
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