He zooms in on the lack of morality that is crippling society in general, but is perhaps more visible and widespread in African-American communities. He illuminates this in Myrtle’s speech at the family reunion: “As we marched up the road this afternoon, what we saw were young men gambling, fighting, cussing. Women with no clothes on, gyrating all over on this land. What happened to us? What happened to us? Who are you? Do you know who you are?”
These are important questions for people who were displaced by slavery, but also relevant for Africans who lost their culture in apartheid or colonisation. Entertaining the audience while making them think about their life and circumstance is what Perry does best. It’s important for him to encourage African-Americans, to stand up and do something for themselves and their community. As Madea, he says: "It's not where you've been, it's where you're going!"
Even with some shortfalls like poor editing and continuity, there’s no doubt that Perry knows exactly where he’s going…all the way to the bank.
- Nomfundo H Mbaba+Tshabalala
What some viewers thought:
Busi Hlophe – 26, community liaison
“It’s more than just comedy – it’s about moral revival of a lost generation. It takes a look at taboo subjects like child rape and how sometimes mothers are involved in this evil act. It’s definitely worth watching especially with your teens, as it preaches a good, and much needed message, but in a funny Madea way. I personally walked out of the cinema with a sense that this is what is needed in our townships. Maybe if more movies like this are made black pride might return to our people. Girls will respect themselves more and boys will become more responsible. “
Linda Mali – 22, musician
“Although it needed to be said as many young black people are losing themselves and their values, it felt too preachy for me. There were certain parts - like Maya Angelou's appearance and her words of wisdom about love - that resonated with me as a young woman and our never ending quest for love. That is one love that is created just for you. This film has some important lessons about life and the importance of family.“
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