Big question: This sequel to "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" is written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry, who also stars as Madea, her brother, and her nephew. Excuse me, Mr. Perry: How 'bout you spread the wealth?
Skip it: Perry's performances are the film's weakest link, striving for humor when Madea's family drama stands fine on its own. The title seems to be a typo: This is a flimsy blend of media, combining stage-y acting and soap opera theatrics, and thrusting them incongruously onscreen.
Catch it if: You're looking for a way to show your man you mean business. Madea's brilliant suggestion: Throw grits in his face!
Bottom line: Loaded with drawn-out speeches and melodramatic fights, "Madea's Family Reunion" does an amateur job of addressing valid issues of love, faith and independence. And it doesn't fly to demonize an abusive fiance (Blair Underwood) but still allow Madea to spank one child with a belt and aggressively grab another.
Bonus: Just a thought: It might seem like a good idea to have people dressed as angels hanging from the ceiling at your wedding, but you'll end up with heavenly feet sweating all over the cake.
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