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Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail | 2009 | PG-13 | - 6.5.4

Two different stories play out: In the first, the rambunctious Madea (Tyler Perry), due to her anger management issues, finds herself in jail for 5-10 after a parking lot dispute. In the second, a woman (Keshia Knight Pulliam) who's trying to come to terms with a horrible event from her past also finds herself in jail for 17 years, until an old friend (Derek Luke) uncovers wrongdoing in the DA's office. Also with Tamela J. Mann, Vanessa Ferlito, Robin Coleman, RonReaco Lee, Ion Overman and Viola Davis. Directed by Tyler Perry. [1:43]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A woman wakes up in a bed with a man on top of her (we see his bare back and boxer shorts and her bare shoulders and thighs) and it is implied that he has forced her to have sex with him.
 Prostitutes are shown in a few scenes wearing skimpy outfits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, bare legs, and propositioning men in cars and on the street. A woman wears short skirt and fishnet stockings, and a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes throughout the movie. A woman wearing only a towel wrapped around her runs on a street and hides in a phone booth.
 During a job interview a man asks a woman (who's the interviewee) how much she wants the job, he caresses her hair and shoulders, we hear a loud yell and we see the man on the floor holding his crotch.
 A man and a woman kiss and hug in a few scenes. A man and a woman kiss. An engaged couple is shown sleeping in bed together; both are clothed. A man and a woman hug while lying on a sofa (nothing sexual is suggested and they are both clothed).
 A woman approaches a man at a party and offers her services (she is a prostitute), and he declines her invitation. After a man helps a woman, she asks him where he wants to "do this" implying that she will repay his kindness with sex (he declines the offer). A man approaches a woman at a party and makes a comment about her being sexy and when she threatens to throw oil on him he translates that as a sexual proposition. A man talks about God making Viagra and marijuana and the combination allowing a man to satisfy a woman sexually. A man talks about a woman having been raped by football players. A woman walks with a 14-year-old girl, whom she identifies as someone that "A pimp found and put out on the streets." We read a newspaper clipping about a "stripper."
 We see a silhouette rendering of a nude woman on an exotic dancer's business card. A woman passes out condoms and clean hypodermic needles to prostitutes on the street.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man in a car chases two women on foot, they run down a dead end alley, he threatens one woman, strikes her in the face (she falls to the ground), and then grabs the other around the throat and she passes out. Two women fight with punches and kicks, and one is held on a pressing table and is nearly burned (we see her with a bandage on her face later). A woman attacks police officers that come to arrest her; they tackle her to the ground and carry her away.
 A woman has cuts and bruises on her face after having been beaten and raped by a man. A woman wakes up in a bed with a man on top of her and it is implied that he has forced her to have sex with him.
 We see a video of a woman punching and kicking police officers and we see the officers later with bruised faces, on crutches and one has a neck brace.
 A woman with an automatic weapon fires it in her home, which is crowded with people (we see the flashes through the window) and people run and scream. We see new female prison inmates being taken to their cells and other inmates line up to watch and jeer.
 Police cars and helicopters chase a woman in a car. A car rams another car from behind and it drives off the road and into a yard sign (we do not see the driver injured). A car is lifted on a forklift and dropped onto the ground (it lands on its side and the car's owner screams).
 Two women argue in a parking lot over a parking space. Two women argue and threaten each other. A woman yells at a man and says she can't wait until he is dead. Men and women argue in many scenes throughout the movie.
 During a job interview a man asks a woman (who's the interviewee) how much she wants the job, he caresses her hair and shoulders, we hear a loud yell and we see the man on the floor holding his crotch. We see a photograph of a woman attacking a wrestler in the ring.
 A woman in jail says that she murdered 18 men. We hear about the crimes that a woman has committed in her life since the age of 9, including check fraud, identity theft, attempted murder, and assault. A woman says that she has been on the street since she was 16. A woman makes a reference that suggests that there may have been abuse by her father when she was young.
 A man on oxygen smokes a marijuana cigarette, and he coughs and wheezes (he's OK).


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LANGUAGE 4 - 14 sexual references, 1 scatological term, 11 anatomical terms, 55 mild obscenities, 1 racist remark, name-calling (thug, punk, gangster, junkies, joker, street walker, fool, those people, old lady, crazy, Jemima retard), 3 exclamations (shut up), 1 religious profanity, 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man on oxygen smokes a marijuana cigarette, a man wears a bong on a chain around his neck, a man talks about God making Viagra, marijuana and oxygen, a man says "I'm so high right now," a man and a woman are shown holding bongs. People smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol at a party. A man smokes a cigarette, and a woman smokes cigarettes in several scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Anger management, rape, padding case files, Miranda Rights, repeat offenders, judging people, guilt, ambition, forgiveness, getting even, making a success of yourself, prostitution, take responsibility, child abuse, believing in something, being a victim, control, chasing dreams, jealousy, friendship, cheating, honesty, truth.

MESSAGE - What we do with our lives is up to us.

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