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Madea's Family Reunion | 2006 | PG-13 | - 4.5.4

Tyler Perry directs and reprises his role as Madea, a southern, straight-talking aunt with solutions to all of her family's troubles. In this installment, Madea tries to help Lisa and Vanessa, her two nieces, with seemingly insurmountable relationship problems. She has also agreed, by court order, to care for an unmanageable girl who has not been doing well in foster care. And she has to organize a family reunion. Also with Blair Underwood, Lynn Whitfield, Boris Kodjoe and Henry Simmons. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman wakes up in bed wearing a low-cut negligee that reveals cleavage, bare back and shoulders, and she walks through a hallway where she meets her fiancé; he kisses her neck, drops her negligee (we see bare shoulders) and she climbs into a bathtub.
 A man dressed as a police officer enters an apartment where three women are, he begins to dance, removes his shirt, (we see his bare chest), picks a woman up and tries to dance with her, and then her fiancé enters the room.
 Young women wear short tops and shorts that reveal bare abdomens and bare thighs and women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A woman's large breasts bounce and sway when she moves quickly. Three women have massages poolside (they are wearing robes). A man is bare-chested while talking to a woman on the telephone and several men are bare-chested while playing basketball.
 A man and a woman kiss. A man and a woman kiss several times. A man and a woman kiss while sitting in a bed and we see them asleep with three children around them later. A man tries to kiss a woman but she refuses. A man kisses a woman on the cheek.
 Several young people dance making suggestive movements with their hips. Men and women dance together at a wedding.
 A man holds a woman close, and a man and a woman walk and hold each other. A man and a woman hug, and many men and women hug.
 Elderly men ask a young woman to bend over a barrel to get them a beer, she does so and they admire her buttocks.
 A woman recites a poem of love. A man asks another man if he is going to have sex with a woman. A girl tells a woman that her foster mother told her that she is only smart enough to "lie on her back." A man and a woman talk about their previous partners. A man asks a woman on a date in a couple of scenes.
 A woman makes a snide remark about a man leaving home and returning with an "itch."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A woman whips a girl on the back and bottom with a belt for lying. A woman leans over a bus seat, grabs a boy who made a harsh comment addressed to her and slaps him repeatedly in the face. A woman yells at her daughter, slaps her in the face, and the daughter slaps the mother in the face and they fight until others pull them apart. A woman leans from the front seat of a car into the back seat and hits a girl several times (we hear the commotion).
 A man hits a woman hard in the face, she throws a pot of hot grits in his face, he screams, and she then hits him repeatedly with a frying pan (on the back and shoulders) while he is on the floor. A man hits a woman hard in the face, and she falls against a wall and to the floor (we see a handprint on her cheek).
 A man threatens to throw a woman over a balcony 30 floors up because she is trying to leave him; he grabs her and pulls her toward the open door, and she fights and screams and he relents.
 A man grabs a woman and shakes her angrily. A man squeezes a woman's knee angrily when she yawns at a dinner party, and he then threatens to kill her if she tries to leave him. A scene on a TV show shows a woman ironing and a little girl cowering against a door and we are led to believe that the woman burns the girl with the iron (we hear the girl pleading for her not to).
 A woman talks about her mother having allowed her stepfather to rape her when she was young. A woman says that her mother traded her for $10 and a fix.
 A woman and her daughter argue bitterly in several scenes. A man and a woman argue bitterly. Several men gamble and argue.
 A woman panics when she wakes up and finds that her children are gone (nothing has happened to them). A woman tells two women how to handle an abusive man by pouring hot grits on him and then hitting him with a frying pan. A man tells a woman that his parents are dead. A girl tells a woman that people tease and make fun of her.
 A woman talks about a man having "locked up bowels." A girl accidentally runs into a man and he flatulates. A man flatulates loudly in several scenes.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 7 sexual references, 3 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 25 mild obscenities, name-calling (wide load), 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man says "I need some weed." Three women drink champagne, people are shown drinking alcohol at a dinner, people are shown drinking wine and alcohol at a poetry bar, and people drink beer at a party.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, single parent families, spousal abuse, child abuse, rape, lying, love, dishonesty, virginity, over achievers, insecurity, opportunity, celibacy, courage, pain strength, pride, dignity, responsibility, forgiveness, control freaks, some women make bad choices to keep a man in their life, fighting for yourself, bullies, victims of violence, fear, manipulation, feeling love with family, true love.

MESSAGE - Corporal punishment, even when it involves whipping children with a belt and slapping them in the face, is a good way to keep them in line.

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