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(2012), PG-13 [R-13*] (113.7min)

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November 10, 2012
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2012), PG-13 [R-13*] ... A certainly powerful speech role model

Production (US): Lionsgate and Tyler Perry Studios present a TPS/LIONSGATE production
Distribution (US): Lionsgate
Director(s): Tyler Perry
Producer(s): John J. Kelly, Michael Paseornek, Paul Hall, Ozzie Areu, Tyler Perry
Based on Characters by: Tyler Perry
Written by: Tyler Perry
Cinematography/Camera: Alexander Gruszynski
Music: Aaron Zigman, Joel C. High
Film Editing: Maysie Hoy
Casting: Kim Coleman
Production Design: Eloise C. Stammerjohn
Art Direction: Dane Moore
Viewed on Lionsgate Home Entertainment DVD

The most stand-out feature of this film is the profanity. Ninety-five times in 113.7 minutes of the program! That figure averages to 0.84 times per minute. A certainly powerful speech role model for the impressionable PG-13 age stratum. That is most sad since the story and performances were fair comedy ... in some places.

Madea (Tyler Perry) and "her" brother, Joe (Tyler Perry) become involved in protection of a white family, the Needlemans. George Needleman (Eugene Levy) becomes trapped as the fall guy in a fraud scheme by his company, the "charitable" Lockwise Industries. George is the Chief Financial Officer of Lockwise and is completely ignorant of the fake accounts set up by his boss, Walter Burns (Tom Arnold). When CNN announces they are on their way to do an exposé of the company as a Ponzi scheme, Burns orders all company documents to be shredded, leaving George holding all the incriminating cards and with the Malone family out to get him. Now, for their own protection, George and his family; wife Kate (Denise Richards), son Howie (Devon Leos), daughter Cindy (Danielle Campbell), mother (Doris Roberts) must live with Madea at the bequest of Madea's nephew Federal Prosecutor Brian (Tyler Perry).


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 65 out of 100 Violence and criminal content is basic and indeed integral to t
he plot and story but present nonetheless. A firearm is used to commit aggravated assault - robbery. Characters practice fraud, embezzlement and home intrusion [Prov. 20:17, Amos. 3:10]. Threats to kill and do harm are heard, even if in jest, and reckless driving to foil a robbery is seen. And Madera is seen slapping the fire out of Brian.

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Unfortunately, the content of this film found by this investigation area is clearly R-equivalent (54 and below out of 100), mainly due to profanity. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 4:29, 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17] But not helping matters is the exceedingly arrogant and disrespectful Cindy. [Exod. 20:12, Eph. 6:1 - 3, Col. 3:20, Prov. 6:20]

Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
Though there is no nudity in the film nor does anyone get in bed with anyone else, the crude humor, sexual talk and innuendo and other matters related to sexual issues are so thick the overall Sexual Immorality (S) content is R-equivalent as well. The number of line items found applicable to this investigation area are too many to summarize in the available space here so please refer to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section for a full accounting of the sexually immoral content of this film. [1 Thess. 4:1 - 5]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 91 out of 100
There are no appearances or consumptions of alcoholic beverages in this film but there is one reference to booze to celebrate and two references to illegal drugs.

Offense to God (O) - 27 out of 100
Fourteen times someone abuses God's name, two of them by a teen. Though none of the abuses of God's name is with the four letter expletive, it is just as sinful to use His name in vain without the four letter expletive as it is with it if it is in vain. This includes the ever-so-popular three-syllable sentence with His name trialing it. The Scriptural Application below explains this further. [Deut. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
No form of murder or suicide is present in this film.



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  • Prov. 20:17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel. ["Food" can be any gain.]
  • Amos 3:10 For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up violence and robbery [plunder] in their palaces.
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Eph. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17 But shun profane [ungodly] and vain [empty, useless] babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker...
  • Exod. 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
  • Eph. 6:1 - 3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and thy mother, which is the first commandment with promise. That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
  • Col. 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. [To try to excuse Cindy's defiance and disrespect of Kate with the fact that Kate was Cindy's stepmother, Joseph was not Jesus' biological parent either.]
  • Prov. 6:20 (KJV) My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: ["My son" addresses daughters, too since "son" in Prov. 6:20 is ben which includes children, male and female.]
  • 1 Thess. 4:1 - 5 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication [sexual immorality]: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: ["know how to possess his vessel" - be able control his body and drives; be master of them not slave to them: "in sanctification and honor" - of God's Will; "Not in the lust of concupiscence" - not in passionate lust like the heathen.]
  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment [krisis: accusation, trial]: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [senseless, empty headed: a term of reproach among Jews at the time of Christ], shall be in danger of the council [any session or assembly or people deliberating or adjudicating]: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [moros: impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title even if as a euphemism. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or "It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 - 10 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down. [The "destroyers form within" do not have to be army warriors. They can be the ones who destroy through corruption of moral standards as well, such as filmmakers who perpetuate desensitization against wholesome standards. They aren't going anywhere, folks. Not until Jesus comes again.]
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize, to entice to sin. And remember, mom/dad, "little ones" is mikros, meaning less by birth; younger. All of your children are younger than you and less by birth than you. So, "little ones" includes at-home teens.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Tyler Perry's MADEA'S WITNESS PROTECTION (2012) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 65 out of 100
  • fraud
  • firearm to the face
  • aggravated assault
  • reckless driving with endangerment
  • home intrusion
  • embezzlement, repeatedly
  • threat to kill, repeatedly
  • slap to the face
  • threat to do harm

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 97 uses of profanity, twice by a teen
  • adolescent disrespect of caregivers, repeatedly
  • teen causing friction with other family members, repeatedly
  • setting up another to take the fall for crime
  • teen arrogance, repeatedly
  • abbreviations of profanity, twice
  • "I hate you!" daughter to father
  • lying, repeatedly
  • teen telling caregiver "Go to ---

    Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
  • claim of sexual extortion
  • innuendo re: erection
  • claim of soliciting prostitutes plus reference to prostitutes
  • innuendo re: size of penis, repeatedly
  • innuendo re: previous sexual familiarity, repeatedly
  • sexual invitation
  • crude posterior humor
  • crude sexual/anatomical humor, repeatedly
  • teen girl dressing to maximize skin exposure, repeatedly
  • anatomical reference, repeatedly
  • tale of child by sexually immoral deed
  • long tale of intercourse and anatomical features
  • posing and dress to reveal female form, repeatedly
  • talk of sexual immorality, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch, twice
  • anatomically revealing advertisements
  • vulgar dance
  • intercourse humor

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 91 out of 100
  • reference to booze to celebrate
  • illegal drug reference, twice

    Offense to God (O) - 27 out of 100
  • 14 abuses of God's name, all without the four letter expletive, four by a teen
  • impersonating a female, throughout
  • calling another "fool", repeatedly [Matt. 5:22]

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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