Every time Tyler Perry puts on that wig and dress, he's doing something even our presidential candidates can't: bring people together. It's easy to see why Perry can get black folks and white folks into theaters: Big guy + dress = laughs. Madea remains a character in every sense of the word: an uncouth, uninhibited, smack-talking heathen of a woman with a foul mouth, a bad attitude, a never-ending arsenal of weapons and an impressive rap sheet. She's a lovable fool, reminding audiences of their own crazy relatives.
Boo! A Madea Halloween, the most watchable Madea movie I've seen in a long time, has Madea coming to the aid of her nephew Brian (also played by Perry) when he asks her to watch over his bratty teenage daughter Tiffany (Diamond White), who's itching to sneak out and go to a Halloween frat party. Madea shows up with her whole crew, including weed-smoking cousin Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis), frisky friend Hattie Mae (Patrice Lovely) and Brian's crotchety dad Joe, who is -- of course -- played by Perry.
It all turns into a ghettofied version of a Marx Brothers movie, with Madea, Bam and Hattie Mae continually shaking in their stockings as Tiffany and other young pissants try to spook them. But since this is a Madea movie, you can expect our heroine to occasionally retaliate by socking whatever freakish creature dares come face-to-face with her upside the head. And since it's still a Tyler Perry production, a heartwarming message about the importance of family -- or something like that -- gets slipped in near the end.