Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

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2017

Tyler Perry Studios/Lionsgate

Written and Directed by Tyler Perry

Produced by Tyler Perry/Ozzie Areu/Will Areu

There’s two kinds of movie people. Them that go see Tyler Perry movies and them that don’t. If you number among that first group, stick around. Those who are members of the second camp, I don’t expect you to hang out and read this review. If you didn’t see “Boo! A Madea Halloween” then you most likely have no interest in seeing the sequel. That’s okay. Go read some other reviews here and have a good time. Holla atcha later.

Now, for the rest of you reading this review let me say right up front that you shouldn’t expect anything from BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN that you didn’t see in the first one. Oh, there’s a couple of tweaks here and there, mainly in the notion that Madea and her crew are actually up against supernatural entities and deranged serial killers in this one (Madea has an encounter with Death Itself that had me laughing so hard Patricia grabbed me, shook me and demanded I control myself) but mostly it’s elements and themes from the first movie scrambled around and rejiggered. Which was okay by me. I’m perfectly capable of lowering my expectations of any given movie to fit whatever I need from that movie at that time. The last movie I saw was “Blade Runner 2049” so I think I deserve to sit back and watch a silly, brain-dead, stark raving stupid comedy that has no other purpose than to make me laugh. And laugh I did.

It’s exactly a year later since the events of the previous movie and once again, Tiffany Simmons (Diamond White) the exasperatingly spoiled daughter of Brian Simmons (Tyler Perry) is making plans to go to another college Halloween party she has no business going to. She insists that as she’s now eighteen, she’s “grown” and can go where she wants and do what she wants. This notion is reinforced by her mother Deborah (Taja V Simpson) who has purchased a brand new car for her daughter’s birthday. In all fairness, the car does beat out Brian’s present; a pair of earphones and a surprise party with kids she hasn’t seen since elementary school and a petting zoo. Saying that Brian is out of touch with what eighteen year old girls want for their birthday is an understatement.

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Sitting around making profane, sarcastic and downright cruel comments on the party and Brian’s parenting skills is Brian’s aunt Madea Simmons (Tyler Perry) his father Joe Simmons (also Tyler Perry)

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Madea’s cousin Betty Ann “Bam” Murphy (Cassi Davis) and the near decrepit but still man-hungry Hattie Mae Love (Patrice Lovely) Unable to cope with being hit with all sides by his elderly relations, his daughter and his ex-wife, Brian gives up and Tiffany goes to the party, dragging along her two best friends as well.

Now here where the plot really kicks in. Madea finds out that the party is being held at a secluded lake whose campground was the scene of a series of viciously brutal murders where the camp counselors and campers were mercilessly slaughtered. Madea rounds up her crew, determined to go and rescue Tiffany and her friends before something horrible happens because the killer and/or killers were never found.

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And the name of the camp?

I thought you’d never ask. Wait for it. Wait for it…

The name of the camp is Camp Derrick.

Now, I’m not quite egotistical enough to even dare think that maybe Mr. Perry read my review of the first movie and liked it enough to name the cursed camp after me. Naw, I ain’t that full of myself. But I am egotistical to like to think that it might be so.

On the drive up to Camp Derrick, Madea and company run into a strange little girl who looks as if she might be a cousin to that chick from “The Ring.” No matter how many times they pass her on the road, they keep running into her and it actually does get creepy even as Madea and her cronies get more profane and more ghetto in their reactions. Meanwhile, up at the camp the party-goers are being terrorized by two gas-masked maniacs, one wielding a chainsaw and the other an ax. And they are accompanied by a strange little girl identical to the one haunting Madea, Joe, Bam and Hattie. The college kids are disappearing one by one and strange patches of fresh blood are the only thing left to mark their passing. Are these actual supernatural beings at work? Can Madea and her sidekicks get to the camp in time to rescue Tiffany?

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I kinda get the idea you can answer those questions for yourself before you even go to see the movie. But it doesn’t matter. BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN is a movie designed to keep you laughing and that’s all it does. The only thing I would have liked to see is how Madea in her original incarnation would have handled this situation. I’m talking about the chain smokin’, cussin’ like a Kansas City pimp, Glock-packin’ Madea who was such an utter terror that when she walked down the street, everybody ran. Over time, Tyler Perry has considerably mellowed Madea out to the point where she is now no more than a cranky old lady. Still a funny cranky old lady, though. Tyler Perry is no Peter Sellers but I do like how he keeps the three characters he plays separate by giving them distinctive speech patterns, body language and mannerisms. By now he can play Madea and Joe without even trying hard and he doesn’t push the envelope in terms of acting. And there’s no reason for him to. He knows exactly what his audience is there to see and he gives it to them.

Bottom line: I had a good time watching BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN. It did what I wanted it to do. It made me laugh and most times, that’s all I ask from a comedy.

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PG-13

101 Minutes

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