Boo! A Madea Halloween Review

Updated on November 3, 2016

6 / 10

Pros:

  • Humor was funny for the most part.
  • Acting was OK.
  • While the direction and story of this film was kind of predictable, it's amazing on how well Tyler Perry was able to make it work anyway.

Cons:

  • The punchline to each joke was kind of predictable, and you could literally tell when each one was going to happen, as it was kind of obvious with the way they were setup.
  • Story was kind of lame and generic.
  • While the characters are fun to be around, none of them were particularly interesting. In fact, all of them were generic stereotypes.

Don't make me break my foot up in yo a**!!!

At this point in Tyler Perry's career, what do you possibly expect out of a "Madea" movie at this point? We all know coming into these movies that they're going to be generic pieces of crap, while using a lot of stereotypical urbanized humor that usually involves a bit of reverse racism, with a bit of slapstick thrown in between. From the trailers alone for this film, we know it's a stupid comedy going into it, with hardly any real substance. We also know there's going to be more emphasis on the humor rather than the overall narrative, so why do we keep going back to these films?

For the record, "Boo! A Madea Halloween" isn't a bad movie, but I hesitate to call it a great one either. The film is the latest in a long line of Madea films, where Tyler Perry basically dresses up in drag doing these slice of life stories involving the character. However, he essentially plays Madea, by impersonating almost every single angry black woman stereotype you can imagine. Hell, he even takes a jab at himself in this film, when it's implied (and stated by one character) that Madea might really be a guy.

Frankly, it reminds me of the Ernest movies back in the 90's like "Ernest Goes to Jail", "Ernest Scared Stupid" and etc. In a way, you know what you're seeing is generic garbage that's constantly rehashing the same formula repeatedly, while selling it to you in a different package. However, we keep going back to these characters because we enjoy being around them. Sure, they're not well written, but that's not why we watched them begin with.

No, the reason why people keep going back to watch these Madea films is for the same reason people, from my generation, kept going back to watch Ernest movies in the 90's. It was because the characters made us laugh, and we liked hanging out with those characters. As I mentioned before in my review of "The Wild Life", a slice of life story can only work if you enjoy being around the characters it focuses on.

And in this particular case, it kind of works. Granted, none of the characters are particularly interesting, but they are a lot of fun to be around and quite humorous as well.

While the story is nothing to write home about, it certainly makes up for it in terms of it's comedic timing. Granted, it's comedic timing is nowhere near as funny as something like " National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation", or the original "Ghostbusters." Hell, I would even say most of the earlier "Ernest" films were way funnier than this one, but it's entertaining for what it is.

Nothing great, but nothing particularly bad either. What hurts the humor in this film might be the fact that most of the punchlines are predictable, as you can see them coming from a mile away. Granted, in most comedies, that would mean the humor sucks, but somehow Tyler Perry manages to pull it off rather well to where even if you do see the punchlines coming that you tend to laugh anyway.

For example. Madea is sitting down with her friend on Halloween, while she gives away candy. Her friend even admits that while she does give away one or two pieces of candy, while putting it directly into the bag, she also grabs more than a handful each time; hence she's literally taking more candy from the kids than she's actually giving them. Madea warns her that it might piss off some kid, and it does, which leads to a huge scene as you'd expect. Of course, the kid is fat and he's dressed like a cow, which led to Madea pulling her sassy black lady with fat jokes routine, which was kind of obvious that was going to happen given the setup. Of course, there was also a few instances with the scary clowns.

When a clown rolls with a giant "Jack in a Box", and starts to turn the dial on the side, Madea threatens him. However, he ignores her, as he proceeds to do churn the dial anyway, which inevitably leads to another clown popping out just so Madea could punch her in the face. Given how this was setup, you knew this was going to happen way before it did. But what's amazing about these jokes is that you can't help but laugh at them anyway because the film was never meant to be taken seriously.

And because the film never takes itself too seriously, it opens itself up for a lot of comedic situations that frankly make it worth watching.

Granted, I would never advise anyone going to theaters to see this film. But when it comes out on DVD/Blue Ray, and you're just looking for a nice horror comedy on Halloween, then it's worth checking out for a few good laughs. Just don't expect anything great out of it, and you'll be fine.

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