Another year, another Madea flick. We know the staples for these: some swearing, some family nonsense, some comments about jail time. Now, what else do you have for us Boo 2! A Madea Halloween?
I’m no Madea newbie as it were. I remember watching Diary of a Mad Black Woman back in college with some friends. Back then, Madea wasn’t a huge part of the movie. Tyler Perry actually gave us a pretty fully fleshed out storyline with a character growing and a resolution. Perry leveraged the Madea character for short bits of comic relief, sass, and wisdom. Since then, Tyler simplified some of his scripts and doubled down on the Madea gimmick complete with her entourage.
This time around, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween focuses on Brian’s daughter, Tiffany, and her questionable behaviors. At the beginning of the film, we have a few things laid out for us. Tiffany is celebrating her 18th birthday and Brian embarrasses her by sticking to tradition and celebrating her birthday like she is still a kid complete with a petting zoo. In contrast, Tiffany is far more interested in getting a car for her birthday. While Briand wants Tiffany to earn a car, his ex-wife is more than happy to oblige their daughter’s desires for a car and pretty much anything else. In line with this, she allows and aids her daughter and friend in going to the Halloween frat party that Brian is against.
There is just one problem with the party. Well, other than being a frat party in a movie. The frat has chosen to hold their party at the site of an infamous and gruesome murder. At the party that night, people begin to go missing. The remaining partiers must try to stay alive from the murderer’s spirit while they wait for help. Brian and Tiffany’s friend’s fathers team up to go rescue them at the behest of her mother. Meanwhile, Madea and her geriatric gang have also taken off to go rescue the girls in an adventure replete with Madea’s signature language and bickering.
From there everything plays out much like you would expect from any recent Madea flick. Incredibly thin characterization, some jokes that rarely hit, Madea talks about her criminal record/activities, and a neat little wrap up of the events with a minimally moralistic lesson.
While watchable, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween fails to stand out. None of the characters are interesting and none of the actors have any room to really perform. There is nothing interesting about the story. Sure, it is a reasonably family-friendly Halloween flick with some modest thrills. But, these movies had more to them when they started. These movies no longer have any real conflict in them nor do they display any real development. This would have been better as a Halloween special for “Full House” or “Family Matters”. Those were always family friendly and typically had better moral explanations offered. You know what, here I did the leg-work for you. Watch Stevil. It’s cheap. It has far more replay value. And it will even save you some time. You’ll thank me.
Technical Details: 3.5/5
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween looks mostly pretty decent. The weaknesses in the transfer do show up from time to time though, most noticeably some loss of detail in the dark, wooded scenes. Otherwise, there is nothing too noticeable. The audio track is pretty good as well. While there is nothing to really show off your home theater here, the dialog is always pretty solid and sounds true.
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Special Features and Packaging: 2/5
Outtakes: When the actors couldn’t keep it together. Glad somebody found some laughs within this movie.
Deleted Scenes: Why do we want to watch more of this?
Caddy Whack Boo: This showcases the geriatric posse that venture out to save Tiffany.
Why We Love Joe: I can’t give you an explanation why anyone does anymore.
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween Overall: 2/5
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is a movie that just had to be made. I guess anyway since the first one made money. This one probably made money too as long as their promotion budget was small. So I expect we’ll see a third one. But this entry in the Madea series doesn’t do much interesting. The decent technical details don’t save this rather forgettable fare, not to mention the rather limited and unimpressive extras included. Most people will be better served watching one of the movies early from the beginning of this franchise or “Stevil”. This one is for established devotees of Madea’s only. Steer clear.
If you need to add this to your sprawling Madea collection, you can pick up from Amazon or other Blu-ray retailers.
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