Boo! A Madea Halloween, D
Rated PG-13, 103 minutes
Halloween just became much scarier with the otherwise horrific, unfunny and third-rate new Madea movie, "Boo! A Madea Halloween," an idea that originally generated from Chris Rock's 2014 film "Top Five." There's one good thing about Madea, at least she knows her audience, and they'll show up to see her regardless of what the reviews will be.
Madea (Tyler Perry) winds up in the middle of mayhem along with Uncle Joe (also Perry), Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis) and Hattie (Patrice Lovely) when they spend a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens and frats.
Written, directed and produced by the talented Perry, "Boo! A Madea Halloween" is one of the scariest things you'll see this Halloween, or "Hallerween" as she would say it, if you exclude the new Tom Cruise movie. One of the few projects not to be based on one of Perry's popular Madea stage plays, it's a flimsy excuse for Perry to put on the wig and dress as the opinionated, wise-cracking matriarch. This broad type of humor may work OK on the stage, and is certainly geared toward Perry's audiences who love this type of thing, but it grows old - really, really old - after about 5 minutes.
Madea has a few admittedly charming moments (particularly when she talks about her stripper days and "the pole"), and there is one mildly funny bit with Davis's Aunt Bam taking candy from children on Halloween, but that eventually goes on too long. Though Perry has long been regarded as a skilled businessman and performer, "A Madea Halloween" continues to prove that Perry isn't a skilled film director, lacking any sense of motivation to create smart characters, a definitive narrative or scenes that don't feel sloppy or unrehearsed, though with Madea, you don't really need to.
"Boo! A Madea Halloween" is, like many of Perry's Madea films, a terrible movie, and none of it feels fresh or original. However, this is strictly for Perry's target audience, who'll make this a modest hit anyway and make Madea a welcome guest in some circles.