Madea Goes to Jail

Rated 1.0

It seems like every time somebody farts, a new Tyler Perry movie comes out. Perry’s latest, Madea Goes to Jail, stinks to high heaven, so that backs up this particular theory. Writer and director Perry traffics in discordant, discombobulated movies that are part serious and part slapstick and involve his overweight, elderly drag persona, Madea. Now, admittedly, Madea does have some funny moments, but they are peppered into a film that deals with the horrors of prostitution, drug addiction, and asshole prospective wives who need to be put in their place. You get a weighty scene where actor Derek Luke is spewing tear water all over the place, immediately followed by a scene where Madea beats somebody up or causes major public mayhem. It just doesn’t work.