More than anything, though, I find his characterizations more deeply rooted in Southern culture and religion, a point on which my very Southern and very religious aunt, a Tyler Perry fan, agrees. I like Tyler Perry. I generally like his characters. I like the moral messages he ultimately sends with his films. But I do NOT like this film. And this film definitely does not achieve the multi-ethnic demographic crossover for which he is so famous. If anything, Perry takes ten steps backward both with his message and characters and the quality of the film as a whole. With the passing of their mother some years back, the children were left in the care of their grandmother. Little does Madea know just how much responsibility Jennifer already carries. Ah yes, Aunt April is a fine example of a human being.
Look back at the leading ladies of the s who made their mark with iconic roles and some major hairstyles, too. See the gallery. When Madea catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she decides to take matters into her own hands and delivers the young delinquents to the only relative they have: their aunt April. A heavy-drinking nightclub singer who lives off of Randy, her married boyfriend, April wants nothing to do with the kids. But her attitude begins to change when Sandino, a handsome Colombian immigrant looking for work, moves into April's basement room. Making amends for his own troubled past, Sandino challenges April to open her heart. And April soon realizes she must make the biggest choice of her life: between her old ways with Randy and the new possibilities of family, faith Written by Lionsgate.
Switch to the mobile version of this page. The Chicago Reader. Contrived, sentimental, tonally bipolar, and as predictable as clockwork, this latest from chitlin' circuit impresario Tyler Perry is just a fat slab of ecstatic entertainment. Tyler's irascible drag character Madea discovers two homeless boys and their glowering teenage sister Hope Olaide Wilson burglarizing her home. After feeding them, she dumps them on the doorstep of their selfish, hard-living aunt Taraji P. Henson , who's shacked up with a married sleazeball Brian J. White but also playing reluctant landlady to a hunky, church-going Hispanic handyman Adam Rodriguez.
The film was directed, produced, and written by Tyler Perry ,  who also makes an appearance in the film as his signature character Madea. The film opens with April Taraji P. Henson , a self-centered, alcoholic singer, performing at a nightclub where she works. They tell her that their only other relative is their Aunt April. April puts Sandino in her basement and wants to lock him down there because she doesn't know him that well. While working around the house, Sandino surprises April by cleaning himself up. When Randy arrives, he sees April with the kids and Sandino and heckles him while making subtle advances at Jennifer. Shortly afterward, Pastor Brian and Wilma Gladys Knight , a church member, come to inform April that her mother Rose died from a fatal brain aneurysm while riding on a city bus. April is devastated by the news and seeks comfort from Randy; however, he is sleeping and shrugs her off.