Madea Goes to Jail

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Madea Goes to Jail
Madea goes to jail-1-1.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTyler Perry
Produced byTyler Perry
Reuben Cannon
Written byTyler Perry
StarringTyler Perry
Keshia Knight Pulliam
Derek Luke
Robin Coleman
Jackson Walker
Viola Davis
David Mann
Tamela J. Mann
Vanessa Ferlito
Sofía Vergara
Bobbi Baker
Music byAaron Zigman
CinematographyAlexander Gruszynski
Editing byMaysie Hoy
StudioTyler Perry Studios
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date(s)
  • February 20, 2009 (2009-02-20)
Running time103 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$17.5 million[1]
Box office$90,508,336[2]
 
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Madea Goes to Jail
Madea goes to jail-1-1.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTyler Perry
Produced byTyler Perry
Reuben Cannon
Written byTyler Perry
StarringTyler Perry
Keshia Knight Pulliam
Derek Luke
Robin Coleman
Jackson Walker
Viola Davis
David Mann
Tamela J. Mann
Vanessa Ferlito
Sofía Vergara
Bobbi Baker
Music byAaron Zigman
CinematographyAlexander Gruszynski
Editing byMaysie Hoy
StudioTyler Perry Studios
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date(s)
  • February 20, 2009 (2009-02-20)
Running time103 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$17.5 million[1]
Box office$90,508,336[2]

Madea Goes to Jail is a 2009 parodic comedy-drama film written and directed by Tyler Perry, which was based on his 2006 play. The play and the film deal with Perry's recurring character Madea going to prison for her uncontrollable anger management problems. The play starred Tyler Perry as Madea, Cassi Davis as Ella Kincaid and Cheryl Pepsii Riley as Wanda.

Plot[edit]

After a high-speed freeway police chase puts Mabel "Madea" Simmons (Tyler Perry) in front of Judge Mablean, her trial is short-lived because the police officers did not mirandize Madea causing the judge to place Madea in an anger management course. The police chase that Madea was involved in was actually seen in the 2008 movie, which was titled, Meet the Browns. After the trial, Brian (Tyler Perry) drives Madea, Mr. Brown (David Mann), and Madea's daughter Cora (Tamela Mann) back home from the court. After returning home, Madea finds a party taking place in her house by her brother, Joe (Tyler Perry). Madea uses a machine gun to scare the party goers away. Meanwhile, assistant district attorney Joshua Hardaway (Derek Luke) is on the fast track to career success. But, Hardaway lands a case too personal to handle: prosecuting a young prostitute and drug addict, Candace "Candy" Washington (Keshia Knight Pulliam), with whom he is already acquainted. Hardaway asks his fiancée and fellow ADA Linda Davis (Ion Overman) to fill in on his behalf. But when Josh takes Candy out to eat and gives her his card in case she needed any help, Linda fears Josh may be cheating on her. Linda does not want Josh spending time with Candy, threatening to leave Josh and telling him he shouldn't be helping people like Candace. Linda believes Josh should only socialize with a higher class of people.

In the car, Cora, who is driving, told Madea about her anger management resolutions. During the middle of the conversation, a Cadillac CTS cuts ahead of them. After both of vehicles cross the intersection, Madea smashes her daughter's Chevrolet Uplander into the car ahead, causing it to deviate sharply to the right into a church site. At Dr. Phil's office, Madea consults with him for anger management course, but the consultation came to a bad ending when Madea answered a question with a same question he asked. Back in Madea's house, Madea called Cora to talk about sitting in the beauty salon for over 5 hours. While on the phone, Cora asks for some time with herself, causing Madea to get angrier than before. After Madea hangs up the phone, Joe warns her that she will get into trouble if she goes to the store, but Madea ignores him and goes anyway.

At the Kmart store, Madea uses the forklift truck to remove a Pontiac Solstice out of a parking space, then she escaped from the scene, which leads to her arrest by the SWAT team. Madea goes to the court again, where Judge Mathis sentences her to prison for 5 to 10 years for such dangerous behaviors. Outside the court house, Ellen (Viola Davis) asks Josh how he knows Candace. He tells Ellen that they were close friends from childhood through college, until one night when he took her to a party. He ended up leaving Candace behind at the party, where a group of his friends gang raped her, for which Josh continues to harbor deep-seated guilt. Josh asks Ellen to help Candace, Ellen gets her a job interview, but it results in sexual harassment by the interviewer, whom Candace kicks in the groin before ending it.

At the district attorney's office, Josh's friend, Chuck (RonReaco Lee), another lawyer, runs into Linda, whom he discovers is falsifying Candace's file to deliberately get her sent to prison, a practice in which she has been engaged with other defendants as well, including Madea and Candace's friend Donna. Linda tells him to keep his mouth shut or she'll tell the head ADA that Chuck cheated on his bar exam to get his job.

Candace runs away from Josh's apartment and is back on the streets working as a prostitute until she gets picked up by an undercover cop. When Candace ends up in prison, she discovers Donna (Vanessa Ferlito) and Candy sees Madea is there as well. While in prison, Madea befriends Candace, protecting her in a "motherly" way, and fights with Big Sal (Robin Coleman) who always flirting with and sexually harassing Candace. Candace, Madea, T.T., and Donna all attend a class taught by Ellen at the prison, mostly to get time off of their sentences.

On Josh's wedding day, Chuck, who is Josh's best man at the wedding, tells Josh that Linda had falsified Candace's file to get her sent to prison and away from him. During the wedding ceremony, Josh tells the entire congregation with their boss in attendance what Linda did. Josh leaves Linda at the altar while still in his wedding tuxedo. He then rushes to the prison where he kisses Candace and admits that he loves her. Because of the now-revealed news of Linda's tampering with client files, there is a public outcry and a protest movement gains momentum to set Madea, Candace, and the others free. Candace, Madea, and some other women that Linda prosecuted have their convictions overturned and are released, and it is revealed that Linda will go to prison for her crimes. Madea goes home with Mr. Brown, Cora, and Brian along with Candace going home with Josh.

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Release[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 28% based on 50 reviews, with an average score of 4.9/10. The consensus says, "Divided between sincere melodrama and populist comedy, Madea Goes to Jail fails to provide enough laughs -- or screen time -- for its titular heroine."[3] Another review aggretator, Metacritic, gives the film a score of 50%, based on 13 reviews.[4]

Sam Adams of the Chicago Tribune gave the film 2.5/4 stars and wrote that "if the movie is a mess, it's a purposeful mess, cannily, if not artfully, pushing all the right buttons to ensure Perry will be back for another round."[5]

According to a New York Times review,[6] the film gives Madea herself a much more central role than some of the previous Madea movies, in some of which she is merely a commentator on events.

The Boston Globe reported that "(Madea's) character epitomizes Perry's ongoing commitment to dramatizing as many rungs on the ladder of the black experience as he can. His aim never produces a completely satisfying or consistently competent-looking movie (his heart's in the right place, if not his camerawork)."[7]

Box office[edit]

On its opening weekend, the film opened at #1, and grossed $41,030,947 (2,032 theaters, $20,192 average), the biggest Friday to Sunday take since Twilight in November 2008. It broke Madea's Family Reunion weekend gross at $30 million as the highest weekend gross for a Tyler Perry film. It broke Saw III's record at $33 million for the highest weekend gross for Lionsgate Entertainment. "We were cautiously optimistic we could do 30-plus," Steve Rothenberg said.[8] On its second weekend, it dropped 61 percent, but remained at #1 grossing another $16,175,926 (2,052 theaters, $7,883 average), bringing the 10-day gross to $64,525,548.[9] The film closed on April 23, 2009 with a final domestic gross of $90,508,336.[2]

Home media[edit]

An exclusive preview was included on the cinematic release of Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys.[citation needed]

Madea Goes to Jail was released on June 16, 2009 on DVD. According to DVDTown, the DVD included six behind-the-scenes featurettes. No Blu-ray version was released. As of July 12, 2009, 1,125,422 DVD units have been sold, gathering revenue of $18,223,621.[10]

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