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"A MADEA CHRISTMAS"
(2013) (Tyler Perry, Tika Sumpter) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Moderate
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Mild
Gun/Weapons Minor
Imitative Behavior Moderate
Jump Scenes Minor
Music (Scary/Tense) Minor
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking Minor
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: A straight-talking grandma is coaxed into helping her adult niece make a surprise visit to that woman's daughter for Christmas, unaware of the surprises that they'll soon confront in her small town.
PLOT:
Mabel "Madea" Simmons (TYLER PERRY) is a highly opinionated, outspoken and politically incorrect woman who's taken a job as a holiday greeter at an Atlanta department store where her niece, Eileen (ANNA MARIA HORSFORD), works. Madea is horrible at the job, but Eileen is distracted by the fact that she hasn't seen her young adult daughter, Lacey (TIKA SUMPTER), in nine months since she moved to the small town of Bucktussle, Alabama to take a teaching job.

What Lacey hasn't told her mom is that she's married after eloping with local guy Connor (ERIC LIVELY) who she met while off at school. That becomes a sticking point when Eileen decides to make a surprise visit to see her at Christmas. With Madea in tow, they catch a ride with Oliver (JR LEMON), Lacey's former high school boyfriend who's gone off and made a success of himself in the corporate world. He happens to be traveling to Bucktussle as a favor to Lacey who knew he could nab a corporate sponsorship to not only help fund her school, but also the town's Christmas jubilee.

The latter has been up in the air ever since a dam was built upstream from Bucktussle and thus ruined the lives of many a farmer, including Connor's childhood nemesis, Tanner (CHAD MICHAEL MURRAY). He's married to Amber (ALICIA WITT) and they have a brilliant kid in young Bailey (NOAH URREA), but that's overshadowed by other students bullying him at school, something Lacey is trying to stop.

But her bigger concern at the moment is with her mom who thinks Connor is just a farmhand, and that his parents, Buddy (LARRY THE CABLE GUY) and Kim (KATHY NAJIMY), are unwelcome intruders in her daughter's home. As Christmas approaches, it's only a matter of time before everything comes to a head.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of previous "Madea" movies, they might be interested. Otherwise, it's highly unlikely.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For sexual references, crude humor and language.


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