I really like the character of Medea, as created and preformed by Tyler Perry. Yes she is outspoken and outrageous, but always funny.
The character of Medea returns to the big screen in the new film “Tyler Perry’s Boo2! A Medea Halloween”, a sequel to the 2016 original film. Even though I like the Medea character, I am not quite sure what audience Perry wants to target for this film. The film is rated PG-13 for good reason, what with frequent drug and sex references. Perry certainly isn’t targeting the movie to younger kids, which is a shame. I can imagine a film with less cursing which would allow you to comfortably bring along the younger kids. Had this film been more “family friendly”, it would have been in the “Hocus Pocus” category of Halloween films. Sadly, this film falls in its own category: disappointing. The film continues the look into the life of the Brian Simmons (Perry) family as they are celebrating the 18th birthday of daughter Tiffany (Diamond White).
As the celebration begins, strife is in the household as Tiffany feels too old to deal with her dads childish birthday parties. The conflict is only heightened when Tiffany’s mom, Deborah (Taja V Simpson), divorced from Brian, gives her daughter a new car for her birthday. She also allows Tiffany to attend a Halloween party with a local college fraternity at a lakeside campground where many people had been murdered several years back. Madea gets wind of the party, and soon she and Hattie (Patrice Lovely), Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis) and Uncle Joe Simmons (Perry) are headed out to the campground to rescue Tiffany. However, along the way to the lake, Madea and company encounter a creepy young girl with long black hair and a really bad complexion. Meanwhile, at the campground, the party-goers are being attacked by creepy men in gas masks and supposedly left for dead. When Madea and company finally make it to the campground they run afoul of the masked men, and eventually find Tiffany and several of her friends in a rickety abandoned house. Eventually Brian and another dad show up to save the day, allowing for Medea to appear in another film.
I had several problems with this film, one of which was the supposed “comedy”. At the beginning of the film the characters sit around talking about their “experiences” (I will leave it at that) and this causes the film to come to a complete standstill. Once the film does pick up, we encounter the “actors” from the first film playing the local fraternity brothers to annoying perfection. Every time these frat boy characters, led by Yousef Erakat, speak, it’s like nails on a chalkboard. Nothing the boys do is remotely funny. The other aspect of the film I was disappointed in was the excessive references to drugs and sex, as this film could have been so much more. It’s such a shame Perry feels the need to include so much of the aforementioned in his script. While Medea has many great moments in the film, everything and everyone else around her is left in the graveyard of missed opportunity. “Tyler Perry’s Boo2! A Medea Halloween”, is a fine example of a great idea that completely runs off the rails. Keep those 12 and under at home.
(Rated PG-13) 2 Jack O’Lanterns (out of 4)