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Meet the Browns (2-Disc Special Edition)

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A single mom takes her family to georgia for the funeral of her father -- a man she never met. There, her clan is introduced to the crass, fun-loving brown family.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 207995017
UPC 031398235965
UPC 14 00031398235965
Format DVD
Release Date 4/5/2011
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Widescreen  1.85:1
Review Get ready to be disappointed, fans of the original Tyler Perry stage play. Meet the Browns resembles that enjoyable ensemble comedy in name only. Instead, our hardworking writer/director lifts the main storyline from his recent What's Done in the Dark... (single mother raising NBA-bound son) and intersperses it with only occasional callbacks to the malapropism-prone Leroy Brown and his entire frenzied family freak show. Gone are a few cast members, the last act funeral free-for-all, and of course, most of the God stuff. In their place are insufferable moments of mild melodrama that sloppily illustrate how single mothers suffer at the hands of deadbeat dads, envious kinfolk, and the lure of easy drug money...On the plus side, Perry hired Angela Bassett as his social surrogate. She delivers a performance of quiet intensity, earning our respect--and a few tears--with her earnest desire to succeed. She is matched well by David Mann, bringing his classic human cartoon Leroy Brown to the big screen...Yet something is still not right with this movie and it has more to do with what's going on behind the scenes than what's in front of the camera. Perry's desire to distance himself from the source material makes this adaptation a bit of a bait and switch...In fact, Meet the Browns definitely feels like three different screenplays purposefully tossed together.
Reviewer Bill Gibron
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review "Meet the Browns" stars Angela Bassett, whose Brenda character is repeatedly referred to as a "young mother," even though the actress is a few months shy of 50. Give Perry credit for one thing - while every other director insists on giving young women roles that are meant for seasoned actresses, he goes in the opposite direction...The performances are fine, particularly in some of the smaller roles, including "The Wire's" police commissioner Frankie Faison as the only sensible member of the Brown clan and Oakland native Lance Gross as Michael. Bassett looks fantastic, but this isn't her best work, mostly because of a clumsy script that makes her character a contradiction - a pushover when it comes to her abusive ex-husband and then way too steely when dealing with a new romance...There are a few laughs and some touching moments, but nothing you couldn't get by watching episodes of "Good Times" and "Little House on the Prairie" back to back...In Perry's defense, he does write characters that you don't see in other movies, including a woman with bipolar disorder whose condition is not mined for laughs. And it's absolutely ridiculous that this movie received a PG-13 rating instead of a more family-friendly PG. No 12-year-old alive could walk away from this material feeling even somewhat corrupted, and that includes Amish kids.
Reviewer Peter Hartlaub
ReviewRating 7
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A.O. Scott, The New York Times ...a mixture of moralism and forgiveness, semibawdy humor and cautionary drama, mockery and affection...
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News ...the ensemble scenes capture the spirited sense of fun that is Perry's trademark.
Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter ...a fine performance by Angela Bassett...
Los Angeles Times ...Bassett, as Brenda, turns in the most forceful and self-possessed performance seen in a Perry film.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe ...[Bassett gets] her groove back after a spate of less than worthy roles. Perry's getting his groove, too...

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