Boo! A Madea Halloween Review

Boo! A Madea Halloween
  • Directing6
  • Writing6
  • Acting6.5

Boo! A Madea Halloween might be one of Tyler Perry's weakest Madea efforts to date, but it's still a decent dose of Madea charm and humor, with a splash of seasonal Halloween fun.


Tyler Perry‘s Madea character has been absent for a few years now, having not surfaced since the delightful A Madea Christmas. But now she’s back, in Boo! A Madea Halloween, which pits Madea up against the spooks and scares of Halloween.

The biggest and most nagging problem of Boo! A Madea Halloween is that it doesn’t follow the plot that is teased in the trailer and written about on most websites with a plot description. Boo! does not feature Madea taking on the paranormal or a batch of zombies, instead it has her facing off against teenagers and members of an obnoxious frat house.

I say that not to spoil, but to help tame expectations.

Had Madea faced off against Halloween creatures and ghouls, then we might be having a completely different conversation.

But knowing that fact puts Boo! in familiar, yet not as polished off territories. There’s plenty of the usual Tyler Perry humor to be found, only this time Madea goes even more wild.

A Madea Christmas was able to balance Tyler Perry‘s typical humor with enough Madea fun and Christmas joy to ensure audience-members an entertaining film that felt whole and true. Whereas Boo! A Madea Halloween presents a unique idea and comes loaded with a brilliant marketing department, but mostly faults back on Madea watching over a group of teenagers as they attempt to once again defy her.

It’s entertaining and comes with a decent, but steady amount of jokes, but in the end it sizzles out as another Madea outing that could have been so much better.

I say that because I love Halloween and I like Madea and the concept of blending the two together could’ve made for something truly special and unlike any other spoof or jokingly poke before it.

Boo! does find Madea in a weird scared state of being, which is unusual and not something I was prepared to see. Luckily, Madea quickly snaps out of it and goes in full-on no-nonsense mode as she straightens up the kids and ensures Halloween remains a celebrated holiday.

As a director, Tyler Perry makes some interesting choices with his mostly adult cast that tries to play teenagers and college students, not to mention some of the head-scratching humor that fires off at all ages. Is this a movie for kids or is this a movie for adults?

Tyler Perry somehow manages to make it both, providing enough jokes for all levels of maturity.

The middle of the film sort of comes to a dead stop as Madea unravels more of the film’s plot and decides to take action. It was at this point that Boo! A Madea Halloween lost me and had me mostly uninterested with what was being processed on screen.

Perhaps it was a lack of jokes or perhaps it was the fact that I kept wishing and hoping this would become a true Halloween flick.

But it never did and Boo! A Madea Halloween skimmed by as an average Tyler Perry Madea flick and nothing else.

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