Box art for Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns

comedy, drama

A single mother living in inner city Chicago, Brenda has been struggling for years to make ends meet and keep her three kids off the street.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
3 out of 5

Feel-good film is formulaic but OK for teens+.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this dramedy is noticeably less raunchy than other Tyler Perry movies, while still emphasizing the standard, uplifting "work hard, don't take any shortcuts, and have faith" messages for which he's become famous. There's not much swearing, few innuendoes (and only one passionate kiss), and plenty of relatives who offer solace and support to one another. There are mentions of drug dealing, pimping/prostitution, and illegal gambling -- as well as suggestions of mild drug use -- but love, decency, and faith pretty much conquer all.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Brenda's struggles as a single mom. Do you think the movie portrays her realistically? Have any parts of the movie been "Hollywood-ized"? If so, which ones?Families can also discuss why Tyler Perry is so popular. Have you seen his other movies? What do they have in common? Who are they targeted at, and why do they appeal to that audience? Do you like him better as his character Madea or as a "regular" actor? Why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Perry's] films are hardly realistic, but they aren't exercises in pure escapism either. They offer comic relief and moral correction. And if they feel corny and hokey at times...that is partly because they make everyone who sees them,

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Saturday, March 22, 2008

Fresh: Unlike Diary, the drama here is buoyant enough to handle the contrast of its too-silly slapstick.

- Aaron Hillis, Village Voice, Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Rotten: On top of everything else, the direction is sloppy, the script is forced, and the whole thing feels like a bad hallmark film.

- Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Meet The Browns is yet another good film from Tyler Perry. I love the Tyler Perry films with can always count on quality and a good message. I love Angela Bassett whom shines as a single working mother in Chicago of 3 children. No assistance and getting into some financial problems...enters the Browns...what a crazy family. The Browns help Angela and her children find that family are strong together and can make things all work out.

- mwilliams078, Monday, July 7, 2008

2 stars

Just as taxing as any of Perry's other endeavors.

- wbgoose13, Thursday, April 3, 2008

2 stars

Tyler Perry: promoting modern day black stereotypes and rehashed plots.

- whosinthenews, Tuesday, July 1, 2008