Madea is back for another round of hilarious horror gags in this sequel that came out of nowhere, and is fun nonetheless.
Tiffany Simmons is celebrating her eighteenth birthday, but not in the way she expected thanks to her overprotective father, Brian. After the incidents from last year, she decides to make things up to frat boy Jonathan, who once learning of her legal age, decides to invite her and her friends to a party at Lake Derrick. Lake Derrick was where fourteen people were killed many years ago and it is believed that the killers, two brothers, were never caught.
When Brian has learned that not only had Tiffany lied to him about staying at his ex-wife’s house, but about the party, he decides enough is enough and lets everyone in his family know that she has to learn a lesson by staying there. However, if one person is not going to stand for it, it is Brian’s aunt Madea, who decides to take her sister Bam, her brother Joe, and longtime friend Hattie, to Lake Derrick to find Tiffany. Soon enough, the legend of Lake Derrick soon becomes a reality when everyone gets chased down by not only two big men dressed in gas masks and sporting chainsaws, but a mysterious little girl who isn’t all she is cracked up to be.
When 2016’s out of nowhere Boo! A Madea Halloween was released, there was a good chance that not even Tyler Perry could have guessed how successful the film would be. Based on an idea in a Chris Rock film, the film was #1 at the box office opening weekend and Perry decided out of nowhere to craft a follow-up. For this film, Perry uses elements of The Grudge, My Bloody Valentine, with a dash of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to bring up the scares but add his trademark style of humor that only his iconic character could bring to life.
Perry plays a “triple threat” if you will, in the roles of Madea, Joe, and Brian. Usually a strong supporting character, Brian now has to deal with his defiant eighteen-year old daughter and even worse, his ex-wife, who goes against everything he stands for. Joe, Brian’s father, gives advice about treating his ex-wife like a “ho”, which may seem farfetched, but if you’ve seen any of Perry’s comedies, they still hold quite well in terms of the jokes. Cassi Davis and Patrice Lovely once again bring some hilarious support as Aunt Bam and Hattie, the latter whose speech issues provide some laughs although in a politically correct world, it would be deemed offensive. In a funny move, Tito Ortiz ditches his MMA persona for playing a more sensitive character who instead of using his skills upon learning his daughter lying to him, decides to help Brian teach his daughter a lesson but letting her enjoy the night.
As Madea, Perry once again brings the “tough” side of Madea until she sees the scares come her way. It is then you will get ready to crack up as we see Madea and crew try to evade the ghost girl and killers from all sides in true hilarious fashion. Diamond White’s Tiffany seems like an ungrateful, entitled spoiled brat who needs to get the scares in order for her to learn her lesson. It doesn’t help that YouTuber Yousef “fouseytube” Erakat kind of brings an annoyance as mojo-sporting frat boy Jonathan, who only cares about one thing when it comes to Tiffany and we all can guess what that is. Perhaps, the reason is because horror films seem to have clichéd characters and Perry took that to full advantage while bringing both the scares and laughs.
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween proves that Tyler Perry still can bring a combination of scares and laughs with his iconic Madea and gang. If you enjoyed the first film, then chances are you will enjoy this one.
WFG RATING: B
A Lionsgate/Tyler Perry Studios Production. Director: Tyler Perry. Producers: Will Areu, Ozzie Areu, Tyler Perry, and Mark E. Swinton. Writer: Tyler Perry. Cinematography: Richard J. Vialet. Editing: Larry Sexton.
Cast: Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Tito Ortiz, Yousef Erakat, Diamond White, Lexy Panterra, Andre Hall, Brock O’Hurn, Taja V. Simpson, Inanna Sarkis, Hannah Stocking, Mike Tornabene, J.C. Caylen, Akende Munalula