Tyler Perry's Madea Goes To Jail

Released 2009


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Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail is a comedy that is written and directed by Tyler Perry, who also stars as Madea, a big woman with a lot of attitude. Madea is not the average grandmother and this time she is facing the court after being caught participating in a high-speed freeway chase. When her anger management issues get the best of her, she finds herself with a jail sentence on her hands. Joe (Tyler Perry) is thrilled to have Madea off of his hands, but Madea's eccentric relatives, the Browns (David Mann and Tamala Mann), are behind her and, in their eccentric way, lending their support. Madea meets all kinds of strange characters in jail and turns the place upside down. Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail was nominated for a 2009 ALMA Award, a 2010 Black Reel Award, and a 2010 People’s Choice Award, and won a 2009 BMI Film Music Award.

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    There is something both satisfying and frustrating about Madea Goes to Jail. Mr. Perry dutifully gives his audience what it wants, but you can't help feeling that he might also hav...

  • 50

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Wildly uneven effort, which is notably more strained and slapdash than such earlier efforts as "Madea's Family Reunion" and "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns."

  • 50

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's a tale soggy with the kind of race/class lessons that Madea, the director-star's battle-ax alter ego, doles out far more handily (and entertainingly) in a single church-lady-f...

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moral dilemmas, cultural phenomenon, love story, large family, ensemble cast