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Review: Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection

More of Perry's ever-diminishing antics
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 3, 2012
0.5 0.5 Stars

The first of writer/director/producer/star Tyler Perry's Madea movies not based on one of his plays, his sixth outing as the sharp-tongued (but dull-witted) 6'4" Southern black woman is more of a sitcom. Fittingly, TV vets Doris Roberts, Marla Gibbs, and John Amos all make appearances. Eugene Levy collects a paycheck as George Needleman, the CFO of a Wall Street investment bank, a clueless pushover set up by his boss (Tom Arnold, sporting unexplained ice-blue lips) to take the fall for their company's mob-backed Ponzi scheme. Arnold only looks dead; Levy uncharacteristically plays dead. It's a feeble vehicle for Perry's ever-diminishing antics, as Madea shelters George and his family of white Jews in the Atlanta home she shares with her brother (also played by Perry) as a favor to the assistant D.A. (Perry again). In short, a real drag.

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