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Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns is a sitcom taken to the next level. Brenda (Angela Bassett) is a single mom struggling to raise her family in Chicago. When she receives a letter inviting her to attend her father's funeral, she's not sure how to feel: Brenda never knew the man and hadn't interacted with that part of her family. But when she loses her job, she decides that now's the time to shake things up. (And, as a friend suggests, there's always the chance her father left her a little money.) While the film's central character grew up with incredible hardships (a prostitute for a mother and a pimp for a father who didn't stick around), writer-director-actor Perry takes every opportunity to inject a little humor into the vignettes. It is not her fault that she is too gorgeous and regal to be believable in the role, but Bassett--a superb dramatic actress--is sorely miscast here in a role where her subtleties are lost in all the fuss. Meet the Browns isn't Perry's best piece of work, but the fast-paced action and raucous dialogue provide enough fun to make the film worthwhile. With his name prefacing each movie, Perry has developed a franchise that doesn't fail to deliver what his fans are accustomed to: some variation of a dysfunctional family comedy and the appearance of his most famous character Madea--a cranky grandmother played by Perry himself that manages to draw laughs, even when her inclusion sometimes is superfluous. --Jae-Ha Kim

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  • Actors: Tamela J. Mann, Angela Bassett, Tyler Perry, David Mann, Lance Gross
  • Directors: Tyler Perry
  • Writers: Tyler Perry
  • Producers: Tyler Perry, Joseph P. Genier, Michael Paseornek, Reuben Cannon, Roger M. Bobb
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018RNF6K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,456 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns (Two-Disc Special Edition + Digital Copy)" on IMDb

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 20, 2008
Format: DVD
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Angela Bassett stars as a single mother of 3 kids struggling to make ends meet in inner city Chicago
2. A death in the family takes them to Georgia, where they meet the Browns
3. A quick Rick Fox jumps into the crazy clan
4. Over-the-top characters, prolonged punch lines and unnecessary family secrets lead to a predictable ending

This movie has an established talent pool of a cast, and usually they can be depended on to put the "dis" in dysfunctional, but this time the jokes fail to flow smoothly, wasting the comedic talents of Jenifer Lewis, David Mann and Frankie Faison. Tyler Perry appears briefly as his most beloved character Madea, but even this feels like an afterthought in the context of the movie.

Angela Bassett is out of place for this particular role, but excellent actress that she is, her character signifies hope for single mothers everywhere who may be feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of work, home and family.

Some good performances make for a movie with a strong message, but unfortunately it's hard to see through all the noise and confusion.

Amanda Richards, July 20, 2008
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E.C. on January 3, 2005
Format: DVD
I cannot stop playing this DVD. I watched it for the first time on Christmas night and have been thinking about the Browns ever since. I went in expecting to obviously miss the presence of Madea, but I have to say that although I'm interested to know what kind of interaction she would have had with the Browns, Mr. Perry made the correct decision when he decided to give the Manns their time to rightfully shine. It's a wonderful, highly enjoyable play.

Going totally and completely out on a limb, I'm going to say that I think this is probably the best Tyler Perry play I've seen (I've seen 5 of 7, soon to be 8 with the addition of Madea Goes To Jail). To be clear, I'm not talking in terms of outright humor, because I didn't find it to be as funny as the others, but more in terms of better writing, better actors, and better subplots. It also included better singing/songs; this time I didn't fast-forward through any of the singing, which is rare for me, because I don't like musicals and random singing. (Yes, this means I hate Chicago and Mary Poppins.) My favorites would absolutely have to be Tamala Mann and Terrell Carter's solo performances and the final song in which the entire cast sang. Those are the ones I insert the DVD to play whenever I'm home, and those are the ones I find myself walking around at work singing to myself; they actually inspired me to purchase the soundtrack from tylerperry.com. I have to recommend this play to everyone I know (starting with whoever is reading this and hasn't seen it).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Lawson on January 7, 2005
Format: DVD
This video was off the chain, I watched it with my entire family and we laughed and cried, every situation was true to life and Mr. Brown know he can get down!! What Tyler has put together is phenominal, my entire family gets together and we have a Madea Marathon, I have all his videos and can't wait for "I know I've been changed" and "Madea Goes To Jail" come out. Go Tyler, What God has put together, let no man put asunder." I respect the fact that primetime TV couldn't buy your gift, you're right they can't afford it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa L. Johnson on January 7, 2005
Format: DVD
This was THE BEST show that I have been able to sat down with my children and enjoy. Filled with laughter and real life circumstances with the right solution.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Alexander on December 16, 2004
Format: DVD
This play is VERY FUNNY.....it is a must see, especially if you are a Brown fan.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 24, 2008
Very, very, very funny! This movie is for the whole family. Tyer Perry, I know you might not see this review, but you have done it again! When ever you had your plays here in Las Vegas, Nevada I attended, God has truly blessed you with a wonderful gift, to make people laugh, think about what they went through or are going through. I applaud you, keep up the excellent work.Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns [Theatrical Release]
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Earthsangel on January 15, 2005
Format: DVD
This is an awesome hilarious play! I swear those are my people! Movies, screen-plays, and the like often are not "true to people of color." Our people are naturally funny, loving,talented, and Spiritual! The Tyler Perry series is the only DVD's that I watch over and over, and I belong to a DVD club! Buy all of them you will NOT REGRET ONE SINGLE PURCHASE! Hey Bless our people, and you be BLESSED
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. west on December 22, 2004
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Meet The Browns was OKAY. I enjoyed it up until the funeral scene. The funeral scene was a bit much and got a little ridiculous but for the must part if you enjoy Tamala and David Mann's performances you'll enjoy this.
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