Madea’s Witness Protection is the latest Tyler Perry film about his favorite character. This time, an unwitting fool who is in trouble over a Wall Street Ponzi scheme comes to live with Madea to hide from the mob.
I’ll be honest, as much as Tyler Perry’s stuff is not my thing, I do like how he treats Madea. Sure, it’s a black man in drag, and it would be insanely racist if I did it, but he’s always treated Madea as a blend of humor and honesty that works well toward giving her a lot of heart.
Take Witness Protection for instance. Madea is opening her home to a potentially dangerous situation, allowing a man on the run from the mob stay in her house. The guy is Eugene Levy, so no doubt there’s going to be a lot of fish out of water jokes about a Jewish guy living with Madea, but they’ll likely learn about each other and come to be friends, at which point the mob will catch up with the guy, and Madea will have to be a badass and talk about how she’s raised kids and can take care of these mobsters.
She’ll be funny, warm and giving. While she acts stereotypically at times, Madea is also a surprisingly good role model for black communities. And not a bad representation.
Madea’s Witness Protection
Madea’s Witness Protection is, of course, written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry.
Madea’s Witness Protection Trailer
Madea’s Witness Protection Release Date
June 29, 2012.
Who’s In It?
Eugene Levy … George Needleman
Denise Richards … Kate Needleman
Tyler Perry … Madea/Joe/Brian
Danielle Campbell … Cindy
John Amos … Pastor Nelson
Doris Roberts … Barbara
Tom Arnold … Walter
Romeo Miller¹ … Jake
Marla Gibbs … Hattie
Eaddy Mays … Agent Thompson
Jeff Joslin … Lucas
Shane Partlow … FBI Agent
Arin Logan … Bank Receptionist
Frank Brennan … Jack Goldenberg
Devan Leos … Howie
Nelson Bonilla … Agent Mulligan
Shayne Anderson … TSA Agent
Walter Hendrix … Precision Driver
Dean Balkwill … Attendant
Eric Brooks … Bellman
Andrew Koehler … Pilot
What’s Good About It?
Tyler Perry makes films that make me less afraid of black people.
What’s Bad About It?
No so much less afraid that I’ll venture out to the theater on the opening weekend of one of his films, because I’m a white coward.
Our Clever Prediction
Tyler Perry doesn’t really miss. He has probably the single most devoted fan base in all of films right now, and there’s little chance that Madea’s Witness Protection will fail. There’s a reason Perry is the top earner in the film business, and it isn’t because he looks so pretty as Madea.