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(2017) (Tyler Perry, Diamond White) (PG-13)

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Comedy: Various people, young and old, must contend with creepy little girls and masked, chainsaw-wielding figures intent on disrupting a rowdy Halloween party being held on reportedly haunted lake grounds.
It's Tiffany Simmons' (DIAMOND WHITE) eighteenth birthday and she'd rather be spending it with her friends Gabriella (INANNA SARKIS) and Leah (LEXY PANTERRA) than with her father, Brian (TYLER PERRY), knowing full well the lame party he's going to throw for her. She also knows that her grandfather, Uncle Joe (TYLER PERRY), and his sister, Madea (TYLER PERRY) will also be there along with their friends Bam (CASSI DAVIS) and the almost unintelligible Hattie Mae (PATRICE LOVELY).

Having received a new car from her mother, Deborah (TAJA V SIMPSON), and stepdad, Calvin (AKENDE MUNALULA), Tiffany hopes to attend a wild Halloween frat party off at a remote lake. The only problem is that a mass murder took place there decades ago and it's unlikely her dad or Gabriella's dad, Victor (TITO ORTIZ), will allow them to go. So they and Leah lie that they're going to do a sleep-over at Deborah's place and will then sneak off to join frat boys such as Dino (MIKE TORNABENE), Horse (BROCK O'HURN) and Jonathan (YOUSEF ERAKAT) at the party.

But with Madea getting wind of the deception, rather than take Uncle Joe, Bam and Hattie Mae home, she drives them to the reportedly haunted lake grounds in hopes of keeping Tiffany safe. But when creepy little girls and chainsaw-wielding masked men show up, it's everyone for themselves as they try to survive the night.

OUR TAKE: 0 out of 10
Our reviewing policy for films that aren't shown in advance to critics (or are done so late the night before they open) is that we'll only provide a paragraph or two about the film's artistic merits or, more accurately, lack thereof. After all, life is too short to spend any more effort than that on a movie that even the releasing studio knows isn't any good (which is why they hid it from reviewers before its release).

You know those horror films where the bad guys show up every year to terrorize innocent folks, usually around some notable day such as Halloween? Well, that's how I feel about Tyler Perry when he's dressed up in drag as his Madea alter-ego. Every year or so, he drags out his crass, highly opinionated, gun-totin', pot smokin' character to entertain his fans, but also simultaneously terrorize critics (who aren't invited to any promo or press screenings for review purposes) with his awful films and filmmaking.

He's proven he's a decent to good dramatic actor (see "Gone Girl"), but Madea is his bread and butter, and by serving as star, producer, etc., etc. that's where the easy money is made. So, I can't fault him too much in that regard (everybody's gotta make a living), but with "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" (the sequel to, yes, you guessed it, "Boo! A Madea Halloween" from last year) we're now seeing the tenth, count 'em, tenth appearance of this character on the big screen.

Enough already! We give up! And after watching this latest offering in the franchise, it looks like Perry has as well. He looks bored and distracted in most of the characters he plays (especially the title one), while the direction and writing are nothing short of abysmal. Heck, even the outtakes that roll before the end credits are as lame as they come, with some quick scenes thrown in for no apparent good reason other than simply to fill up some predetermined count of how many clips should be shown (they certainly aren't funny). Easily one of the worst films I've ever seen, "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" scores a big goose egg with a 0 out of 10 rating.

Reviewed October 19, 2017 / Posted October 20, 2017

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