‘Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas’ movie review: Bah, humbug

December 13, 2013 8:11 PM

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And then there’s the cross-dressing Perry himself, whose Madea character, in this loosely-structured installment, ventures from Georgia to Alabama to surprise her friend Eileen’s daughter during the holiday season. Lacey (Tika Sumpter) is an elementary school teacher with a stocking full of problems. Her school can’t afford to hold the annual Christmas Jubilee. Her prized student, Bailey (Noah Urrea), is being bullied by his own father (Chad Michael Murray). And Lacey’s trying to avoid telling her mother, Eileen (Anna Maria Horsford), that she married Conner (Eric Lively), a white man.

These story elements rarely connect, and exist only so the sassy, straight-talking Madea can bulldoze through obvious scenarios, cracking jokes that might have been funny when Nixon was in office. Madea insults a harried Asian customer while working in a busy department store. Madea stumbles into a ...

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