Koutchboom’s Adventures In Terrible Comedy – Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes To Jail

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So continues my adventure toward the depths of the human condition and just how low one will go for a laugh. I’m usually willing to go very low but if you are going to make a funny movie, please make sure your movie actually falls into the comedy section of the video rental store.



Madea Goes To Jail

TYLER PERRY, what can you say about one of the few directors of recent to make himself a brand name. The last director to really do so was Michael Knight Shyamalan, Tyler Perry is a bit more of a made man then Mr. Shyamalan. In that he has his own studio and is able to pop out a new film every couple of months for relatively cheap and reap the huge rewards. What is odd is that he has become sort of a upfront weekend warrior sort of director, in that he relies on his films to make all their money opening weekend, something you don’t see often for these type of films. I’ve seen roughly half of a Tyler Perry before tackling Madea Goes To Jail, his movies always seemed a little too schmaltzy for my taste (but I do want to see Why Did I Get Married, which I’ve heard is his best). Also while I’ve never hated the idea of another black actor doing a fat old lady gag, I found it terribly boring. That being said there was not enough of said black actor in fat old lady suit in this film.


This movie probably shouldn’t even be in this list because it is barely a comedy. It is only a comedy when the title character Medea is on the screen and surprise surprise she has maybe the least amount of screen time next to all the other principles. Also the whole aspect of her going to jail only makes up barely the last 15 or so minutes of the film. My biggest issue with this film is that it is not Medea’s movie, which I was hoping it would be. I mean the credits start out showing her history of going to jail all her life, then her at her recent court case, but next it quickly turns into this drama about a hot shot lawyer helping out a now drugged out prostitute he used to hang out with in college because they were from the same hood. See something bad happened to her and he sort of let it happen and he feels a need to make up for it.


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I wonder how bad that fat suit smells? He's wears it all the time.



This movie just didn’t know what it wanted to be, it doesn’t mix well enough to be called a dramady, in fact the two separate story lines Madea and this lawyer barely cross paths. It felt like two different movies squashed together, and there isn’t enough of either story for either of them to have a reason for existing. It was such a terrible contrast because the lawyer movie plays out like a overly seriously movie of the week/after school special about drugs and prostitutes, while Madea’s story line is just a bunch of nonsense. Had the lawyer story line been a little lighter and at least made some attempt at being funny maybe this could have worked, but probably not.



This was just a awful movie all around, make me wonder about the love for Tyler Perry. I mean his Medea character is pretty funny in the stuff she says. She’s interesting because she does whatever she wants to do, but even in her movie she feels like an after thought. Also Tyler needs a stronger editor, someone to tell him when a scene just needs to end, there is so much filler in this movie where scenes just go on and on. Also Perry as an actor is better then the rest of his cast, when he’s Madea it is like the rest of the cast can’t keep up with him. There was a scene (probably made just to make Orpah happy) between Dr. Phill and Medea, it is painfully obvious that Dr. Phill can’t keep up with Tyler in this scene that it is sad, then over the credits they play the directors cut of that scene. Parts of it are pretty funny, a better editor would have whittled that scene down and it could’ve been a funny cameo scene.


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OHH BOY LOOK OUT!!! Yeah I can't think of anything really funny to put here.



Even the drama aspects are weak. SO! SO! cliché, it wasn’t even fun and the melodramatic acting from Derek Luke would bring shame to Denzel Washington for discovering him. Keshia Knight Pulliam and Ion Overman play their roles like they are in a sitcom. Vanessa Ferlito and Sofía Vergara play their respective parts like it is a giant joke. Sofía is some serial killer who shares a prison cell with Madea and it is so silly and lame.


I knew the film was not going to that good going in, but I didn’t think it was be this amateur feeling. Maybe Tyler needs to back off directing all his movies and become more of a producer/writer, every director needs to learn from Luc Besson. Also if you’ve never seen it there was recently a Boondocks episode about Tyler Perry that was hysterical, if you don’t know what The Boondocks are well they are doing topical satire humor right now that is probably better then South Park or Family Guy ever did it.


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As for fat suit comdies, over $2 billion in sales and counting, they are going no where.

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20 responses to “Koutchboom’s Adventures In Terrible Comedy – Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes To Jail”

  1. Droid says :

    I still don’t understand who the fuck Tyler Perry is and where he came from. It seems to me that he dropped out of the sky about two years ago with a sack full of fucking movies to dump on us every couple of months. I’ve never watched any of them because none of them remotely interest me. I don’t think I’ve even bothered watching a trailer for one. And this review just reaffirms my position on the matter.

    • koutchboom says :

      You know he actually made a funny trailer. The teaser trailer for Why Did I Get Married Too makes it look like some bad ass action movie.

    • koutchboom says :

      Also Tyler Perry started in making plays, most of his movies are originally plays he wrote. He was picked up by Oprah at some point, and the rest is history.

      Like I heard that he lived in his car for a while, I respect that guy because he’s managed to get where he has through hard work and sheer will. He does pander to his audience which is fine and also he’s managed to create a unique brand that is seperate from Hollywood. He has a studio in Atlanta where he makes all of his films. I just wish he made better films.

  2. lordbronco says :

    Ha Ha-K-Boom-I hate to say it, but I think this series is genius-good job on thinking it up-I’m actually always looking forward to these reviews. I’m with Droid-haven’t watched a one…I can live with that.

  3. ThereWolf says :

    Make that three of us.

    Did see a trailer for one of ’em – looked like a no-no.

  4. kloipy says :

    hate to break the cycle but I’ve seen this too. Madea is funny but the rest is so painfully cliche. ‘only geniune chuckle I got out of this one was the WWJD bracelet scene
    Why Did I Get Married is flawed, but it is his best. It’s a lot more serious

  5. Jarv says :

    Detest fat suit gags, and I also agree with Droid- this perry cunt seemed to appear from nowhere armed only with a fat suit and a load of terrible gags

  6. Continentalop says :

    Tyler Perry is completely critic proof from us. He is making films for a completely different audience with completely different sensibilities. I think it is fair to say that none of us truly understands what middle class, religious black women want to see.

    • koutchboom says :

      Well Madea goes to jail is also a play, don’t know if it was before or after the movie, that first picture is actually of the play not the movie.

      • koutchboom says :

        Ohhh wait I see what you are saying, that they were filmed stage plays. Yeah he’s got a bunch of his early shit that is just a live stage show out on DVD. But his movies are turned into plays now as well.

    • koutchboom says :

      Well my wife seemed to like it. It’s pretty much a lifetime movie with some humor just randomely thrown in.

  7. Continentalop says :

    But there is a Tyler Perry Formula. The formula usually goes:

    There is a thick black woman – the protagonist – who is married to some rich, dark skinned black guy and he suddenly grows bored with her and dumps her (usually for a thinner, younger woman). She is kicked out and left with nothing – no money or nothing – because her soon-to-be-ex is such a no-good man.

    The Protagonist goes back to her roots, where Madea is, and learns valuable life lessons, many of which involves religion.

    At the same time, she meets a lighter skinned black man with great abs who works a very simple, blue collar job – park ranger, mail man, mechanic, etc. – and he falls for her but she is hesitant because she got burned before.

    Her old rich hubby comes back, sees how fine she looks and asks her back but she refuses him because she is happy with who she is now.

    That is the Tyler Perry formula. Obviously not every movie he does is like that, but many do follow this formula and almost all have a couple of traits from it.

    • kloipy says :

      Conti- what made me laugh the hardest was not even intended as comedy in his one film “Daddies Little Girls” they have a town meeting talking about the community and how they have crime trouble and some old guy stands up and says “Aint nobody ever give us nothin'”.
      Which to me is a more stereotyped commment then you can get

    • koutchboom says :

      Yeah see Conti’s seen the same episode of The Boondocks as I have.

      Also Madea Goes to Jail doesn’t follow said formula, maybe that’s why its his biggest hit. Also going through his box office doesn’t even look like his movies get released overseas.

      The difference in this one is that the hot shot lawyer is a guy and his fiance is the overbearing one who cheats at lawyering. Also I liked how the whole DA’s office was run by black people, nothing wrong with that it was just funny. It’s almost like these are fantasy movies. I saw a white guy play a bad lawyer and an asshole driver in the movie.

      • koutchboom says :

        And in Madea the hot shot lawyer Derek Luke, leaves his good looking hot shot lawyer finace (at the alter none the less and calls her out for cheating at laywering in front of the whole wedding party) to fall in love with a prostitue junkie that he thinks he can change.

      • Continentalop says :

        Never saw the Boondocks Koutch, but maybe the person who told me about the formula saw that episode.

      • koutchboom says :

        Hahah probably, its a good show. Its sort of drawn Anime style but its funny as shit.

  8. just pillow talk says :

    I don’t think I’ve heard of one of these films that this dude has made.

    I think Conti’s brief overview of his films sounds a lot funnier than anything Perry can make.

  9. Grannygaga says :

    LOVE all of the Tyler Perry movies GOOD FZAMILY ENTERTAINMENT compared to othe garbage out there.

    Families need to laugh TOGETHER.

    TIRED as hell of hearing the F— word no matter what else there is to watch!

    It is everywhere! Families NEED to be families again.

    Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother!

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