INTERVIEW: Tyler Perry on Retiring Madea and Searching for Deeper Meaning in Witness Protection
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movieline.com It’s easy to dismiss the films of Tyler Perry, undisputed king of a niche multi-media empire of his own making, as broad, caricature-laden comedy populated by what Spike Lee famously labeled “coonery buffoonery.” But beneath the be-wigged, slapstick-y heft of Perry’s most famous character, Madea, and her often violent crusades in the name of family values — as seen in Friday’s Madea’s Witness Protection, the sassy grandmother’s seventh big-screen outing — lies a fount of subversive discussions of race, class, and self-examination. Read »
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Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection Synopsis and Credits

Comic legend Eugene Levy (the AMERICAN PIE franchise, BEST IN SHOW) stars in the film as George, a high level CFO at the center of a Ponzi scheme in New York City who is enrolled in the Witness Protection program along with his family in the one place that absolutely no one will think to look for them: Madea’s house down South. Perry wrote the script, is directing and producing the film, and will reprise three of his best loved roles – as tough talking grandma Madea, as Madea’s indelicate cousin Joe, and as plain-spoken attorney Brian, who places the family with Madea, resulting in the hilarious scenario that unfolds under her roof. Rounding out the cast are Emmy®-winning actress Doris Roberts as George’s mother, Tom Arnold as his business associate Walter, Denise Richards as his younger wife Kate, and Danielle Campbell and Devan Leos as the family’s youngsters – for whom Madea has plenty of valuable lessons lined up. Actor and rapper Romeo also has a role in the film, playing Jake, a friend of Brian who was affected by the scam. John Amos plays Jake’s father in the film, and Marla Gibbs appears as Madea’s neighbor.

"Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection" stars Danielle Campbell, Denise Richards, Devan Leos, Doris Roberts, Eugene Levy, John Amos, Marla Gibbs, Tom Arnold, and Tyler Perry.

Directed by Tyler Perry.
Written by Tyler Perry.
Produced by Ozzie Areu, Paul Hall, and Tyler Perry.
Production company/distributor: Lionsgate.

Release Date: June 29, 2012

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