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The sassy senior citizen returns to the Big Screen in the latest Tyler Perry offering Witness Protection.

You just canâ??t get enough of Madea

In her typically boisterous fashion the ‘love her or hate her’ character will have you cringing with embarrassment and wetting your pants in hysteria.

This time around, a wealthy New York family who find themselves on the wrong side of the law and victims of mob death threats, escape to Madeaâ??s southern family home for protection. The timid husband, trophy wife, spoilt children and slighty delusional grandmother meet the no-nonsense Madea and hilarious culture clashes, tough love and and crude comments follow.

The film stars Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, Doris Roberts and features a surprisingly grown up Romeo Miller (aka Lil Romeo).

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And of course Perry plays the ever endearing Madea; the God-fearing, gun-toting, pot-smoking, loud-mouthed grandmother, surrogate aunt and neighbourhood watchdog. He also simultaneously plays Madea’s perverted and foul-mouthed brother Joe as well nephew Brian, an upright attorney.   

With a track record of getting up to mischief, Madea now finds that trouble comes knocking on her door

Despite this, she still manages to outwit everyone with her scheming and charming personality. 

The movie opened to a sold-out audience and I had the misfortune of sitting in the front row.

Big mistake.

Not only did it feel like the burly southern belle was literally in my face but I also found myself a bit deaf at the end of the film; Madea speaks at a volume several decibels higher than the average human being.

Whilst the man dressing up as an oversized woman with a overbearing personality is nothing new to Hollywood, there is something both offbeat and amusing about this fictional character .

Perry, the brainchild of the multi-million dollar series of films which has received massive critical and commercial success the world over, has been delighting audiences for more than a decade with films, plays, television series and books.

The actor, author, director and playwright’s work has been branded as a unique form of inspirational entertainment often fusing moral values with humour.

If youâ??re expecting the same side-splitting laughs synonymous with this alter ego, you may regrettably leave the cinema with a â??Is that all?â?? feeling. I did.

The script and a few scenes during the 114 minute comedy were disappointing to say the least. A few of the film actors were also either too overbearing or completely non-responsive.

Apart from her attacking a hijacker in the first few scenes, Madea, suprisingly is also well-behaved. The film also scored a particularly low rating from critics on the review website Rotten Tomatoes.

This leaves me wondering if Perry, who recently made the 2012 Forbes Top 10 Highest Paid Celebrities list, has either lost his touch or is simply pushing out substandard films just to rake in the Benjamins. In any case, he’s laughing all the way to the bank.

So if your’e a die-hard Madea fan, this one’s not to be missed. The pranks and bloopers at the end of the film will also have you in stitches.

Rating: 7/10

Funniest scene: The airport security scene as well as Madea doing the running man at the end of the movie.

Why you should watch it: Madeaâ??s wild antics/old-school beliefs are sure to crack you up.

Moral of the story: When in danger, seek the protection of Madea – not only is she a human bulletproof shield, but she will scare the socks off any criminal.

Category: Comedy (PG 13)

Release Date: 31 August 2012