Madea's back in an all-new movie! A Wall Street investment banker has been set up in a mob-backed Ponzi scheme, forcing him to be put under witness protection with his entire family in Madea's house down South.
Imagine being in such a tough spot that you need Madea to help keep you safe. That's the simple but hilarious premise behind Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection
, a straight-up slapstick hit with a sweet message underlying the shtick. Tyler Perry plays Madea, of course, as well as several other parts. The always-hilarious Eugene Levy plays the hapless George Needleman, a schlub of a businessman who's been sucked into laundering money for a low-level mob family. When he realizes his predicament, he is sent to hide out with Madea. Of course complications ensue, and Madea's called upon to help George's family--so while he is hiding out, Madea also goes "under cover" as a Manhattan socialite, trying to follow some of the laundered money that should have gone to charity. Perry's ensemble cast keeps things moving at a hilarious pace, and fans of the Madea franchise will love Witness Protection
. The supporting cast is splendid, including Tom Arnold, who has a memorable cameo; Denise Richards as George's wife; and Doris Roberts as George's befuddled mom. Madea can handle them all with aplomb--and the mob probably better watch its back too. This edition contains great special features, including a look at how Perry "does" Madea; the world of Madea; a look at the Needlemans; and a salute to Madea's comedy icons. For Tyler Perry fans, it's not to be missed. --A.T. Hurley