Madea Goes to Jail but Davis Brings the Drama
- Monday, February 23, 2009
- Drugs/Alcohol: A man with oxygen tank smokes a joint; a party scene includes the elderly man walking around with a bong around his neck, a cup with the word “Pimp” on it, and spectacles shaped like beer mugs; Madea is shown speaking from a pulpit, cigarette in hand.
- Language/Profanity: Lord’s name taken in vain; a woman is referred to as a “ho”; some foul language; jokes about a woman who is said to have a prostate; Madea uses male pronouns and terms to refer to a masculine female prisoner; a woman is told, “Go to hell,” and responds, “You go first”; a woman named T.T. is thought to be named for her breasts.
- Sex/Nudity: An elderly man lauds Viagra; prostitute wakes up with a pimp lying on top of her; his bare back is shown, but his underwear is on; prostitutes proposition Mr. and Mrs. Brown; a Christian employer stares at Candy’s chest and tries to get her to have sex with him, but she fights him off; a reference to someone who had “to work a strip pole” to raise her child.
- Violence: The film opens with a montage of newspaper headlines laying out Madea’s past crimes; her checkered past is said to include attempted murder; Madea fires a weapon multiple times, but we only hear the gunfire and don’t see it; a pimp beats and chokes Ellen, who wakes the next morning to find him on top of her; someone says she’s “going to do a drive-by”; a lawyer engages in unethical behavior; discussion of a rape and its long-term consequences; fistfights in jail, and a woman’s head is burned by an iron.
- Religion: Some talk about who might be “going to hell”; Madea vows to return to church if she wins a court case; a prostitute speaks well of Ellen, saying “she treats us all the same”; a woman wears a WWJD bracelet and is taunted for it; Madea explains that “everyone wants to get even” with those who do them harm; forgiveness is said to be not for the offender, but for the one against whom the offense was committed; an apology and plea for forgiveness for past wrongs is offered.
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