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Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns (2008)

Tamela J. Mann , Angela Bassett , Tyler Perry  |  Parents |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)

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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, Michael Paseornek, Reuben Cannon, Roger M. Bobb, Tim Andrew
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • 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 (255 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018RNF60
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,377 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns" on IMDb

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A funny, moving romantic drama about the power of love and family, Lionsgateas TYLER PERRYaS MEET THE BROWNS marks another winning portrayal of life by writer/director/actor Tyler Perry (DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN, MADEAaS FAMILY REUNION) and features a return to the big screen by Madea, the indomitable, law-breaking, fun-loving grandma. A single mother living in inner city Chicago, Brenda has been struggling for years to make ends meet and keep her three kids off the street. But when sheas laid off with no warning, she starts losing hope for the first time a until a letter arrives announcing the death of a father sheas never met. Desperate for any kind of help, Brenda takes her family to Georgia for the funeral. But nothing could have prepared her for the Browns, her fatheras fun-loving, crass Southern clan. In a small-town world full of long afternoons and country fairs, Brenda struggles to get to know the family she never knew existeda]and finds a brand new romance that just might change her life. Based on the popular stage production of the same name, TYLER PERRYaS MEET THE BROWNS is a charming story about the joys of family, and the possibility of second chances. TYLER PERRYaS MEET THE BROWNS was written and directed by Tyler, and produced by Reuben Cannon.

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Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns is a sitcom taken to the nth 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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Caught between a crock and a star chase 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More like 4 1/2 stars January 3, 2005
By E.C.
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY VERY GOOD! CAN'T WAIT FOR MADEA TO MEET THEM 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a true digital copy December 30, 2015
By GW513
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The movie itself is great, I've watched it many, many times. So the movie gets 5 stars. I have several digital copies of movies to watch on the go and I brought this for the digital copy, but the digital copy isn't what I expected. You have to download this on a computer, not register it with Vudu or amazon. If I had known this before, I would not have purchased it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just because Madea is not in it..... 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I love every Tyler Perry production there is March 30, 2016
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I love every Tyler Perry production there is! His movies have excellent and talented character, wonderful and meaningful plots, a lot of laughs, a lot of tears, and wonderful endings. Who could ask for more? I got hooked when I saw "I can do bad all by myself" -- wow! That was a great one, and everyone I've purchased since have increased my love of Tyler's movies, and my respect for his great talent. Not to mention his wonderful acting in the lovable character, Madea!
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3.0 out of 5 stars We love Tyler Perry's Movies January 29, 2015
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The lady who stars in this movie has issues trusting a new man in her life. This man is a decent man but she doesn't know that. Madea is in this movie (for the small part that she appears in this movie). I am starting my collection of all Tyler Perry's movies.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tyer Perry's Meet the Browns March 24, 2008
A Kid's Review
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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