Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns is a sitcom taken to the next level. Brenda (Angela Bassett) is a single mom struggling to raise her family in Chicago. When she receives a letter inviting her to attend her father's funeral,... more » she's not sure how to feel: Brenda never knew the man and hadn't interacted with that part of her family. But when she loses her job, she decides that now's the time to shake things up. (And, as a friend suggests, there's always the chance her father left her a little money.) While the film's central character grew up with incredible hardships (a prostitute for a mother and a pimp for a father who didn't stick around), writer-director-actor Perry takes every opportunity to inject a little humor into the vignettes. It is not her fault that she is too gorgeous and regal to be believable in the role, but Bassett--a superb dramatic actress--is sorely miscast here in a role where her subtleties are lost in all the fuss. Meet the Browns isn't Perry's best piece of work, but the fast-paced action and raucous dialogue provide enough fun to make the film worthwhile. With his name prefacing each movie, Perry has developed a franchise that doesn't fail to deliver what his fans are accustomed to: some variation of a dysfunctional family comedy and the appearance of his most famous character Madea--a cranky grandmother played by Perry himself that manages to draw laughs, even when her inclusion sometimes is superfluous. --Jae-Ha Kim
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1. Angela Bassett stars as a single mother of 3 kids struggling to make ends meet in inner city Chicago 2. A death in the family takes them to Georgia, where they meet the Browns 3. A quick Rick Fox jumps into the crazy clan 4. Over-the-top characters, prolonged punch lines and unnecessary family secrets lead to a predictable ending
This movie has an established talent pool of a cast, and usually they can be depended on to put the "dis" in dysfunctional, but this time the jokes fail to flow smoothly, wasting the comedic talents of Jenifer Lewis, David Mann and Frankie Faison. Tyler Perry appears briefly as his most beloved character Madea, but even this feels like an afterthought in the context of the movie.
Angela Bassett is out of place for this particular role, but excellent actress that she is, her character signifies hope for single mothers everywhere who may be feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of work, home and family.
Some good performances make for a movie with a strong message, but unfortunately it's hard to see through all the noise and confusion.
Amanda Richards, July 20, 2008 "
More like 4 1/2 stars
E.C. | Jackson, MS | 01/04/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I cannot stop playing this DVD. I watched it for the first time on Christmas night and have been thinking about the Browns ever since. I went in expecting to obviously miss the presence of Madea, but I have to say that although I'm interested to know what kind of interaction she would have had with the Browns, Mr. Perry made the correct decision when he decided to give the Manns their time to rightfully shine. It's a wonderful, highly enjoyable play.
Going totally and completely out on a limb, I'm going to say that I think this is probably the best Tyler Perry play I've seen (I've seen 5 of 7, soon to be 8 with the addition of Madea Goes To Jail). To be clear, I'm not talking in terms of outright humor, because I didn't find it to be as funny as the others, but more in terms of better writing, better actors, and better subplots. It also included better singing/songs; this time I didn't fast-forward through any of the singing, which is rare for me, because I don't like musicals and random singing. (Yes, this means I hate Chicago and Mary Poppins.) My favorites would absolutely have to be Tamala Mann and Terrell Carter's solo performances and the final song in which the entire cast sang. Those are the ones I insert the DVD to play whenever I'm home, and those are the ones I find myself walking around at work singing to myself; they actually inspired me to purchase the soundtrack from tylerperry.com. I have to recommend this play to everyone I know (starting with whoever is reading this and hasn't seen it)."
Tyler Perry Please Stop!!!!
Demario Moore | Memphis,Tennessee USA | 07/08/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Once again Tyler Perry comes out with another stereotypical black movie! I felt sorry for Angela Bassett at this point in her career she should get offered better roles. I'm sorry but Tyler Perry movies are not funny. His plays are legendary but he has no idea how to make a decent movie. Who in there right mind would cast Angela Bassett and Rick Foxx as a couple? Movies are very different from plays. Many things that go over great in front of a live audience would never work in film. He tries too hard sometimes. His movies don't feel like comidies and they never quite stack up to any of his plays. In the 90's it felt like for the first time blacks were beginning to make quality movies for us all. Tyler Perry is definately not setting us back but he isn't raising the bar much either."
Great true to our people comedy!!!!!
Earthsangel | Simpsonville,SC | 01/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an awesome hilarious play! I swear those are my people! Movies, screen-plays, and the like often are not "true to people of color." Our people are naturally funny, loving,talented, and Spiritual! The Tyler Perry series is the only DVD's that I watch over and over, and I belong to a DVD club! Buy all of them you will NOT REGRET ONE SINGLE PURCHASE! Hey Bless our people, and you be BLESSED"
Its About Time
Clarissa L. Johnson | Dallas, Texas | 01/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was THE BEST show that I have been able to sat down with my children and enjoy. Filled with laughter and real life circumstances with the right solution."