Madea's Big Happy Family 
Rated PG-13 for profanity, mature themes and drug use.
Running time: 106 Minutes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Film Review by Kam Williams
Very Good (3 stars)
Hold onto your wigs and fat suits, folks, because Tyler Perry is back in drag as America's sassiest granny. But don't make the mistake of attributing the Madea franchise's enduring appeal to the loudmouthed hussy's bodaciousness alone, since she's as much beloved for her timely sermonizing as for all that trademark tomfoolery.
While undeniably upping the ante in terms of sheer frivolity, this sixth installment is also grounded by a bittersweet storyline. At the point of departure, we find Madea's niece, Shirley (Loretta Devine), being informed by her physician (Philip Anthony-Rodriguez) about a resurgence of the cancer that she's been fighting for the past seven years.
Elsewhere, 18 year-old Byron (Bow Wow), Shirley's youngest, is being
pressured by his gold digger of a girlfriend (Lauren London) to supplement
his modest income by selling drugs on the street again. Adding to the
recent-parolee's angst is the baby-mama drama surrounding his hypercritical
ex's (Teyana Taylor) demands for more child support for their son.
Care to hazard a guess whose help Shirley enlists to slap some sense, both literally and figuratively, into this dysfunctional menagerie? Madea, of course, proceeds to browbeat her misbehaving extended family into shape in her own inimitable style which simply will not be ignored.
Along for the ride purely for comic relief are a couple of embarrassing relatives: Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis) and Mr. Brown (David Mann). The former is a feisty septuagenarian who smokes marijuana and flirts shamelessly ("Are you married?" "Are you straight?") with younger men. The latter is a garishly-dressed master of the malapropism who somehow convincingly confuses the words "prostitute" with "prostate," "carbon peroxide" with "carbon monoxide," and even "colonoscopy" with "Coca Cola." Such distracting buffoonery notwithstanding, Madea as usual miraculously manages to straighten everybody out, and right in the nick of time for the uplifting, closing credits Kodak moment.
Melodramatic tough love as meaningful group therapy!