Box art for Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail

comedy, drama

At long last, Madea returns to the big screen in TYLER PERRY'S MADEA GOES TO JAIL.This time America's favorite pistol-packin' grandmomma is raising hell behind bars and lobbying for her freedom...Hallelujer!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Same old Madea jokes served up in yet another morality tale.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like all of Tyler Perry's Madea films, this comedy alternates between comedy (the parts featuring the Madea character) and drama (a subplot featuring a prostitute). Violence is both comic (Madea resists arrest) and disturbing (a pimp abuses young prostitutes), and there are several sexual references -- to prostitution, prison romance, and more. Although the consumerism isn't too overt, there are many scenes of cigarette and marijuana smoke, as well as drinking. Language includes "hell," "damn," and the like.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's message of forgiveness and personal responsibility. Does that come through amid all of the broad humor?
  • How is Madea represented? Does she have redeeming characteristics, oris she just a caricature? Do you think Madea is right that parentsshouldn't be blamed for their children's failures?
  • Why do you think Tyler Perry is so popular? Have you seen his other movies?What do they have in common? Who are they targetedat, and why do they appeal to that audience? Do you like him better ashis character Madea or as a "regular" actor? Why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The best parts of Madea Goes to Jail are the title character's motormouthed harangues. The rest of it is a fairly clumsy tale of sin and redemption.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Monday, February 23, 2009

Rotten: Perry brings his own sensibility to every movie he makes and has enjoyed great success by following his own path. But he leaves you wanting more.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Monday, February 23, 2009

Rotten: Madea is the antithesis of the moralistic soapbox Perry's movies stand on, which is why she is usually the enjoyable ingredient in his films.

- Clay Cane,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

"If they got me got me got me I gotta get them get them get them" This does have serious matters in it. I only enjoyed Tyler Perry's part as Madea. Other scenes were okay. Too much seriousness seems always boring to me (doesn't mean I don't take things seriously, just happens during the movie that's it).

- 3niR, Friday, August 20, 2010

5 stars


- LWOODS04, Sunday, March 15, 2009

4 stars

Tyler Perry can never go wrong.

- gatorgirl13, Tuesday, February 24, 2009