Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection

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Writer-director Tyler Perry reprises the role of Madea, the familiar, frequently mixed-up, but mostly moral force of nature in a muumuu. In one of her weaker outings, her district attorney nephew (also Perry) convinces Madea to shelter a white family (headed by Eugene Levy) after a massive corporate Ponzi scheme gone awry, leaving Levy's falsely suspected character not only facing fraud charges but threatened by mobsters as well. Perry plays on the well-worn theme of the cultural shock that ensues when stuffy Caucasians mingle with earthy black folks. Still, his trademark themes of respect for parents, adherence to one's religious beliefs and self-confidence are not to be quarreled with, any more than is his feisty heroine herself.

Watch out for: Occasional slapstick violence as well as fleeting crass language and drug references.

Rated: A-III -- adults; MPAA: PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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