Releasing Today, 2/20/2009

“Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail.”
THE RUNDOWN: Is it just me, or is Tyler Perry’s Madea character swiftly turning into an African-American Ernest? I realize the Grandma Madea has heart and a message, but how many times can she possibly be funny. This time, she goes to jail and has several misadventures. Based on a play by Tyler Perry, written for the screen by Tyler Perry, starring Tyler Perry, seen by fans of Tyler Perry. Also in the film series: “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and “Madea’s Family Reunion.”

“Fired Up”
THE RUNDOWN: Here’s another high school sex comedy that will most likely be heavy on sex and weak on comedy. It’s about two young men who decide to go to cheerleading camp instead of football camp because they want to pick up chicks. It’s rated PG-13, so expect some close calls on nudity, but nothing special. I’d wait a couple of months for the Unrated DVD release. Will I like it? Read my review in next Wednesday’s Nuvo, or online at

Read tomorrow’s blog for a retrospective look at the good, bad, and ugly films released in 2008. Then watch the Oscars Sunday night and see how awful my predictions were. In the meantime, I look forward to any comments that you, the reader, might wish to make about movies, the blog, or entertainment in general. My blog is open for discussion.


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