Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral

Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral

2019, PG-13, 102 min. Directed by Tyler Perry. Starring Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Ciera Payton, Courtney Burrell, KJ Smith, Rome Flynn, Jen Harper, Quin Walters.

REVIEWED By Steve Davis, Fri., March 8, 2019

So long, Madea. The big-boned, mouthy matriarch in pearls and plus-size house dresses makes her farewell screen appearance in this final installment of Tyler Perry’s golden-egg-laying franchise, one that has churned out movies over the past 15 years like a promiscuous rabbit. But the memorial service in the title is not for Perry’s know-it-all grandma, but for a 60-year-old male relative who died having S&M sex with a much younger woman in a hotel room. The movie’s flaccid running gag? The corpse has a Viagra-induced boner, necessitating an open casket service. At least that joke gets one or two decent chuckles at first. Most of the jokes here flop one after the other until one finally sticks, and then it’s repeated until the laughs are milked dry.

The movie follows the rules of the lucrative series. In addition to putting on that tired gray wig one last time, Perry plays three other roles: Madea’s trash-talking ex-pimp brother, Joe; her straight-arrow (read: boring) nephew, Brian; and her never-before-seen legless brother, Heathrow, who speaks through an artificial larynx and looks like a balding Rick James. Predictably, the old farts have little but sex on the brain, a geriatric cliche that should have expired with the cancellation of The Golden Girls. Along for the ride again are Madea’s cackling-hen sidekicks, Aunt Bam (Davis) and Hattie (Lovely), who squawk and squeal as always, particularly on the topic of (you guessed) sex. And like queen-bee royalty, Madea predictably holds court over these proceedings, misquoting scriptures and lecturing the younger members of the cast with old-lady wisdom on topics such as infidelity, forgiveness, and (surprise) sex. If it ain’t broke, no need to fix it.

You could fault A Madea Family Funeral for its many other shortcomings. It runs about 30 minutes too long; the tempo of the numerous dramatic scenes is on par with drying paint; characters lack consistency from scene to scene; the dialogue sounds like a first draft that needs major editing; its occasional technical sloppiness; and so forth. You could also conclude multihyphenate Tyler Perry still has much to learn about certain fundamentals of filmmaking, despite helming the many sequels showcasing his favorite leading lady. Or maybe not. These movies have long proved to be critic-proof. While Perry’s decision to retire Madea may be the smart thing to do at this stage in his career, it still has its risks. Not killing off his muse may be the smarter decision, just in case she needs another curtain call.

Showtimes

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Tue., March 19

CC/DVS 10:00am, 12:50, 3:40, 6:40, 9:30

Wed., March 20

CC/DVS 10:00am, 12:50, 3:40, 6:40

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Tue., March 19

digital 11:05am, 1:55, 4:40, 6:15, 7:35, 9:00, 10:25

Wed., March 20

digital 11:05am, 1:55, 4:40, 7:35, 10:55

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Tue., March 19

digital 10:00am, 12:50, 3:40, 6:50, 9:40

Wed., March 20

digital 10:00am, 12:50, 3:40, 6:50, 9:40

Thu., March 21

digital 10:00am, 12:50, 3:40, 6:50, 9:40

Tue., March 19

digital 10:50am, 1:40, 4:35, 7:25, 10:15

Wed., March 20

digital 10:50am, 1:40, 4:35, 7:25, 10:15

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Tue., March 19

digital 10:30am, 1:30, 4:10, 7:35, 10:20

Wed., March 20

digital 10:30am, 1:30, 4:10, 7:35, 10:20

Thu., March 21

digital 10:30am, 1:30, 4:10, 7:35, 10:20

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Tue., March 19

digital 11:40am, 2:20, 5:15, 8:00, 10:40

Wed., March 20

digital 11:40am, 2:20, 5:15, 8:00, 10:40

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Tue., March 19

digital 10:00am, 12:40, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Wed., March 20

digital 10:00am, 12:40, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Tue., March 19

1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:05

Wed., March 20

1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:05

Fri., March 22

10:20am, 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:05

Sat., March 23

10:20am, 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:05

Sun., March 24

10:20am, 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:05

Mon., March 25

10:20am, 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:05

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Tue., March 19

11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45

Wed., March 20

11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Tue., March 19

CC 11:45am, 3:00, 6:45, 9:45

Wed., March 20

CC 11:45am, 3:00, 6:30, 9:45

Thu., March 21

CC 11:45am, 3:00, 6:30, 9:45

Fri., March 22

CC 12:45, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Sat., March 23

CC 12:45, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Sun., March 24

CC 12:45, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Mon., March 25

CC 12:45, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Tue., March 19

CC 12:20, 3:30, 6:45, 9:20

Wed., March 20

CC 12:20, 3:30, 6:45, 9:20

Thu., March 21

CC 12:20, 3:30, 6:45, 9:20

Fri., March 22

CC 12:20, 3:30, 6:45, 9:30

Sat., March 23

CC 12:20, 3:30, 6:45, 9:30

Sun., March 24

CC 4:15

Mon., March 25

CC 6:45, 9:30

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Tue., March 19

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:55, 7:05, 9:55

Wed., March 20

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:55, 7:05, 9:55

Thu., March 21

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:55, 7:05, 9:55

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Tue., March 19

11:55am, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40

Wed., March 20

11:55am, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40

Thu., March 21

11:55am, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40

Fri., March 22

11:55am, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:40

Sat., March 23

11:55am, 2:30, 4:45, 7:20, 9:40

Sun., March 24

11:55am, 2:30, 4:45, 7:20

Mon., March 25

11:55am, 2:30, 4:45, 7:20

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Tue., March 19

CC/DVS 1:30, 4:45, 7:45

Wed., March 20

CC/DVS 1:30, 4:45, 7:45

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Tue., March 19

CC/DVS 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:00

Wed., March 20

CC/DVS 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:00

Thu., March 21

CC/DVS 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:00

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Tue., March 19

10:20am, 1:15, 4:30, 7:25, 10:30

Wed., March 20

10:20am, 1:15, 4:30, 7:25, 10:30

Fri., March 22

10:30am, 1:20, 4:15, 7:10, 10:05

Sat., March 23

10:30am, 1:20, 4:15, 7:10, 10:05

Sun., March 24

10:30am, 1:20, 4:15, 7:10, 10:05

Mon., March 25

10:30am, 1:20, 4:15, 7:10, 10:05

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Tue., March 19

11:40am, 2:25, 5:00, 7:30, 10:10

Wed., March 20

11:40am, 2:25, 5:00, 7:30, 10:10

Thu., March 21

11:40am, 2:25, 5:00, 7:30, 10:10

Tue., March 19

11:20am, 2:00, 4:35, 7:45, 10:30

Wed., March 20

11:20am, 1:50, 4:35, 7:45, 10:30

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Tue., March 19

11:55am, 2:35, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

Wed., March 20

11:55am, 2:35, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

Thu., March 21

11:55am, 2:35, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

Fri., March 22

11:00am, 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40

Sat., March 23

11:00am, 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40

Sun., March 24

11:00am, 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40

Mon., March 25

1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Tue., March 19

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05

Wed., March 20

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05

Thu., March 21

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05

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Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral, Tyler Perry, Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Ciera Payton, Courtney Burrell, KJ Smith, Rome Flynn, Jen Harper, Quin Walters

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