By Lea Michelle Cash –
The Hollywood premiere of Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Big Happy Family” recently took place at Dome at Arclight Hollywood on Sunset.
Madea, everyone’s favorite wisecracking, take no prisoners, demanding respect grandma, jumps into action when her niece, Shirley (played by Loretta Devine) received the news that after seven years of fighting cancer—it has returned and she is gravely ill and dying. Shirley, a strong women of faith, has the heartfelt desire to gather her grown children for a family dinner to share the news with them. Shirley’s children are distracted, engulfed in problems of their own, and cannot seem to get it together, so Madea’s sister Bam (played by Cassi Davis) asks her to assist with bringing the family together because no one can bring a family together like Madea.
The nearly two-hour movie is filled with hilarious moments of love, respect and tenderness regarding family ties and heartfelt drama that offers a stamp of healing seasoned with hope and humor.
Madea’s Big Happy Family marks Perry’s eleventh film production in approximately six years. His signature stories reflecting loss, abuse, broken lives and family dysfunction are designed to bring healing through laughter. Over the years, the public has grown to love Madea (played by Tyler Perry), a truth teller and tough love, politically incorrect humanitarian who loves her family and her life.
On the afternoon of the premiere, I was able to spend some time with David and Tamela Mann, the multifaceted duet, since 1999, have played the roles of Mr. Brown (David) and Cora (Tamela).
Cora is Madea’s daughter and Mr. Brown is identified as her father. In Madea’s Big Happy Family, Cora wants to know if Mr. Brown is her real father and a second plot line begins to unfold. David and Tamela Mann are gospel singers as well as actors. The pair have been married 22 years. David said, “This journey my wife and I have taken over the years with Tyler Perry has been a remarkable ride and we never imagined that we would be as successful as we are today. It’s been a blessing and I have taken nothing for granted.”
Tamela said, “Making this movie was a beautiful experience because it offers such hope to any family that broken things can get better if you come together as a family and communicate through the power of bringing God in your life.”
The movie has opened in movie theaters across the country. It is based on Tyler’s Stage play, Madea’s Big Happy Family.”
Rueben Cannon who has cast hundreds of television series, made for television movies as well as motion pictures, co-produced the film along with Roger Bobb, Ozzie Areu. Joseph Genier and Michael Paseorneck. A colorful array of actors and actresses such as Natalie Desselle Reid, Bow Wow, Lauren London, and the popular Old Spice model Isaiah Mustafa delivers highenergy performances.