‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’ brings laughter, not screams

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Ariette Reynaldo, Staff Writer

In a month known for horror and costumes, you can count on Boo! A Madea Halloween to get you laughing this October. The movie stays true to the Madea movie series, providing humor through over-the-top character interactions, most stemming from Madea herself. This time, however, two famous YouTubers have joined the cast, making the movie even more enjoyable.

The movie starts off by introducing Jonathan, the president of a fraternity that’ll be hosting a Halloween party at night, played by YouTube star Yousef Erakat. Soon after, characters Tiffany, Rain, Leah and Aday are introduced as they are invited to the Halloween party by Jonathan and the boys of the fraternity. Aday, played by YouTuber Liza Koshy, is hesitant to join, but is persuaded by Tiffany, played by Diamond White. The dynamic between Aday’s religious and conservative character versus Tiffany’s outgoing personality already creates great comedy.

Then, Tiffany’s father, Brian, also played by Tyler Perry, arrives and scolds the girls for interacting with the fraternity. Later he forbids Tiffany from going to the party, the conflict of the movie established. However, the movie truly begins when Madea and her elderly entourage — Aunt Bam, Hattie, and Uncle Joe — are called by Brian to prevent Tiffany and Aday from going to the party. Hilarity ensues as Madea and her gang clashes against the younger generation.

Throughout the film, Madea and her friends’ old fashioned ideals are contrasted with modern beliefs, the most prominent contrast being how Brian raises Tiffany. Brian is weak towards Tiffany’s rebellion as he tries to be her friend rather than an authoritative figure. Madea disapproves of this and constantly urges him to towards violent means.

The parent and child conflict concludes with Madea’s forceful help as both sides realize their faults. Although the moral of the story is enlightening and emotional, it is hurriedly done towards the end of the film in preference for more comedic chaos. The conflict between Tiffany and her father is subpar and so is the resolution, which is  used to segue into the movie’s final humorous act.

Boo! A Madea Halloween is a comedy at heart where you’re meant to laugh, not scream in terror or cry because of sentimentality. Tyler Perry does well in both directing and acting, creating an entertaining movie with the classic, outrageous Madea. The Madea series is graced with another hilarious installment.