Tyler Perry is perhaps one of the greatest political satirists in American film making. His latest film A Madea Family Funeral adds to his long list of films dealing with broad social issues using a mix of dramatic scenes mixed with political satire and comedy.
Watch the trailer:
Tyler has a wonderful way of presenting Biblical themes wrapped in pressing cultural issues and sugar coated with great political satire.
Tyler looks at those who say they are Christian but don’t know God’s words and His purpose in our lives. Even the scenes of the funeral are a view of the Church as theatre rather than a place where Christians gather together to praise the Lord and His Son Jesus. In A Madea Family Funeral the faithful are unfaithful.
In the film Madea (I always believed that this name is a combination of the words MAd and iDEA) we watch as a family dies on the sword of unfaithfulness. Madea misquotes the Bible several times in the film. In the trailer above Madea fails to quote Psalms 23:4,
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
The theme of the film – Righteousness.
The film deals with a family reunion of a mother and father of three children. The children, two brothers and one sister, are excited to celebrate their parents wedding anniversary. That is until death strikes the father. As we learn during the film the father is not a righteous man. He is a philanderer and has cheated on his wife for their entire time together.
The oldest son follows in his fathers footsteps by cheating on his wife with his own brothers fiance. In the end this lack of faithfulness ends one marriage and one engagement.
This breaking up of families by divorce is a major social problem in America.
The American Psychological Association reports:
Marriage and divorce are both common experiences. In Western cultures, more than 90 percent of people marry by age 50. Healthy marriages are good for couples’ mental and physical health. They are also good for children; growing up in a happy home protects children from mental, physical, educational and social problems. However, about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher. [Emphasis added]
Madea puts this culture of family destruction in your face. When you aren’t laughing, you are crying at the tragedy of divorce.
Unfaithfulness is a sin. As Exodus 20:7 -10 NKJV reads: 7 “You shall not commit adultery. 10 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Hallelujah for Tyler Perry.
EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is a screen shot from Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral trailer.