Madea Goes to Jail
If you think Mabel "Madea" Simmons (writer-director Tyler Perry of Diary of a Mad Black Woman) is crazy under normal circumstances, just watch what happens when she has a captive audience -- in jail! In this stage play, Madea gets thrown into the slammer amid a cell full of fellow inmates, everybody's favorite Southern matriarch lets her trademark gums flap, sharing her opinions with anyone who wants to listen (and even those who don't).
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NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; making-of featurette; outtakes; behind-the-scenes.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that, like all of Tyler Perry's Madea films, this comedy alternates between comedy (the parts featuring the Madea character) and drama (a subplot featuring a prostitute). Violence is both comic (Madea resists arrest) and disturbing (a pimp abuses young prostitutes), and there are several sexual references -- to prostitution, prison romance, and more. Although the consumerism isn't too overt, there are many scenes of cigarette and marijuana smoke, as well as drinking. Language includes "hell," "damn," and the like.
- Sexual Content
- Three of the main characters are current or former prostitutes, and several "women of the night" are shown on the street picking up tricks. In one scene, a prostitute is shown in bed (bare shoulders and legs) with a man in underwear sleeping on top of her. There are also discussions about life as a prostitute. Two couples kiss and embrace, while several characters flirt -- in the case of Joe and his bawdy elderly friends, pretty raunchily. A masculine woman prisoner comes on to a fellow prisoner.
- Some of the violence is cartoonish, like when Madea shoves police officers and resists arrest, or when she knocks out a burly woman in prison. But some of the other violence is disturbing, like when young prostitutes are physically abused by a pimp. Discussion of rape.
- Language includes "bastard," "damn," "pimp," "hell," "oh my God," "titty," and the like.
- Social Behavior
- Although the movie's overall messages of forgiveness and taking responsibility for your own actions are positive, there's a lot of questionable behavior in the film.
- Featured brands include Apple/Mac, Coca-Cola, Schweppes Ginger Ale, and Big K-Mart.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Joe smokes marijuana on a few occasions -- as a joint and also using a bong. At a party of mostly seniors, most attendees drink beer and other cocktails. Several characters smoke cigarettes, and there are many conversations about drug addiction and rehab.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it