Boo Boo the Fool is here to tell you that I can’t blame Perry for taking all that money from Netflix to go back on his statement. As the saying goes, don’t hate the player, hate the game. I can fault the writer-director-producer-star though for once again failing to commit to the most absurd ideas and elements of wickedest humor he sprinkles throughout his scripts. There’s always a frustrating level of imbalance in Perry’s films, where interesting, throwaway jokes and concepts are overlooked while tired, constantly repeated tropes are pushed for what seems like an eternity. And he’s addicted to pushing the 2-hour mark when he should be doing everything in 80 minutes.
There is one thing here that is new. While Perry has dabbled in the world of R-rated cinema before, “A Madea Homecoming” is the first of the Madea films to earn that rating. Or rather, it gets the TV-MA rating. Netflix missed a huge opportunity to issue a warning that it was rated TV-MA-DEA, but they tell us the rating is for language. “Ultimately!” I said, “Madea go say the F-word!” Sure enough, before the opening credits end, she says “that mother—er is actually on fire!” The MFer in question is recurring character Mr. Brown (David Mann), who impersonates Eddie Murphy’s Uncle Gus in “Delirious” by setting himself on fire after squirting numerous bottles of lighter fluid (and gasoline) on the barbecue grill.
Mr. Brown hosts the barbecue in honor of Madea’s great-grandson, Tim (Brandon Black), who is graduating at the top of his college class. He comes home with Davi (Isha Blaaker), his biracial roommate. We first meet them in their car. Davi ominously hints at a big secret Tim needs to tell his family. As soon as resident troublemaker Uncle Joe (Tyler Perry) sees them sitting on the couch next to each other, he makes a sarcastic comment about what that secret might be. “Your Uncle Peaches had a roommate for forty years,” he said. Meanwhile, our resident horny old lady, Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis), flirts with the surprisingly beautiful Davi, offering her things that can only be said in a TV-MA rated movie. “It won’t do you any good,” Joe said.