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Event: 'Madea’s Family Reunion' Print
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Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 4:30 pm
Duration: 2 Hours

(2006) Wacky but warm follow-up to the 2005 dramedy Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which finds outrageous southern matriarch Madea (played in drag by Tyler Perry) helping one niece (Rochelle Aytes) escape her abusive live-in fiancé (Blair Underwood), another niece (Lisa Arrindell Anderson) find love with a gentlemanly bus driver (Boris Kodjoe), and a wayward youth (Keke Palmer) turn her life around -- all the while planning a family gathering. Once again written and directed by Perry, the sequel follows the original’s lead, combining off-the-wall humor and serious story lines with strongly religious overtones, resulting in a heartfelt and agreeable affirmation of faith, family and forgiveness -- highlighted by emotional speeches by Cicely Tyson and Maya Angelou about black dignity -- that’s easy to applaud, despite its message-heavy sentiment and intermittent vulgarities. Domestic abuse violence, brief drug references, scattered crude sexual and scatological humor, and some crass expressions. (A-III -- adults) (PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned) Showtime (cable)