Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns

2008 PG-13 1h 40m Blu-ray / DVD

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns

2008 PG-13 1h 40m Blu-ray / DVD
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When Brenda (Angela Bassett), a struggling single mom in Chicago's inner city, learns that the father she never knew has died, she heads to Georgia with her three kids in tow for the funeral and meets her dad's raucous family. Despite their boisterous manner, Brenda finds them a comforting presence in her fragmented life. Writer-director Tyler Perry also co-stars in this adaptation of his hit stage play.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DTS 5.1 HD
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this dramedy is noticeably less raunchy than other Tyler Perry movies, while still emphasizing the standard, uplifting "work hard, don't take any shortcuts, and have faith" messages for which he's become famous. There's not much swearing, few innuendoes (and only one passionate kiss), and plenty of relatives who offer solace and support to one another. There are mentions of drug dealing, pimping/prostitution, and illegal gambling -- as well as suggestions of mild drug use -- but love, decency, and faith pretty much conquer all.

Sexual Content

Some innuendo, but nothing explicit. One passionate but tasteful kiss. Some cleavage. References to pimping/prostitution.


Father and son have an ugly shouting match; a woman and her ex argue; drug dealers beat up another dealer; an old woman and her husband get involved in a low-speed chase; a teen is shot.


Mostly of the "shut up," "ho," and "pimp" variety; also some use of "hell," "damn," and "ass." The "F"-word is implied in one case, but not fully said.

Social Behavior

Some references to inappropriate behavior like pimping and doing and dealing drugs; overall this is a feel-good movie that values decency and hope.


Visible signage for restaurants (Ribs'n'Bibs, Tasty Sub). Other logos/brands include North Lake Medical Center, U-Haul, Georgia Trailways, Chicago Transportation Authority, Quaker Oats.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One scene in which a woman lights a joint; some drug dealing in the streets; one woman always has a glass that appears to contain whiskey; some wine is drunk at dinner.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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