Thursday, October 26, 2017

Movie Review: "Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" (2017)

Director: Tyler Perry
Year: 2017
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hour, 49 minutes

When Tiffany turns 18 years old, she decides to give the frat house Halloween party a second go around now that she's legal. After the trouble they incurred last year, the frat is throwing their Halloween party at a lake, which was also the location of a string of murders back in the day. When the kids are partying, they are met by some demons from the past that want to spoil their fun.

Last year, Tyler Perry unleashed "Boo! A Madea Halloween" upon the world, which was a box office success despite poor critical and audience reviews. It went on to make $74 million on a $20 million budget, so there should have been little surprise when Perry announced a sequel would be coming. Of course, we never expected to get a sequel so quickly slapped together just one year later. We will admit, the first "Boo!" movie was pretty bad, but it was at least somewhat tolerable and we laughed a couple of times. We cannot say the same about "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween."

This sequel is once again centered around Tiffany, played by Diamond White, the spoiled, bratty daughter of human doormat Brian, played by Tyler Perry. It is Tiffany's 18th birthday, and the movie starts off with her getting mad at her dad because he didn't buy her a car for her birthday. Apparently, she thinks she's owed one for simply coming of age? As a character, she instantly loses us here. This also means she didn't really learn her lesson from the first movie. Shocker. Brian has an ex-wife named Debrah, played by Taja V. Simpson, who undermines him at every turn and is married to a man named Calvin, played by Akende Munalula, who refuses to even acknowledge Brian's existence, regularly ignoring him when he is directly addressed. Is this supposed to be funny? Because it happens repeatedly and it's never funny. It's damn disrespectful and it makes Brian look like an asshole for allowing it to happen to him. Of course, then there's Madea, also played by Tyler Perry, and her crew of one-note caricatures including Joe, also played by Tyler Perry, Aunt Bam, played by Cassi Davis, and Hattie, played by Patrice Lovely. Their shtick runs thin after about a minute. Just like the last installment, Tiffany wants to go to a party at the local fraternity. Her dad says no, but her mom says yes, so she gets to go. This year, the party is being thrown at a lake where a bunch of murders happened many years ago, and expected, shit starts to go awry. 

Like we mentioned above, we didn't hate "Boo! A Madea Halloween," so we went into this sequel hoping we wouldn't hate it either. That sure as shit didn't work out for us. Within 15 minutes, we were already done with this insipid, tedious, unpleasant, uninspired piece of trash movie. The acting is horrible, somehow even worse than the original. The writing is atrocious, but beyond being unfunny and plain ol' stupid, it also adds an extra layer of misogynistic offensiveness on top of it. The story is neither comedic nor horrific, which makes it fail on all levels. We loathed every single one of the characters because none of them are charming, witty, or remotely relatable. They are all caricatures of themselves, the most over the top, obnoxious, crass versions of their original selves, and none of the actors have any ability to make them feel authentic. We guess that's what happens when you fill the cast with YouTubers and social media celebrities and try to make them actors. Also, what the hell is Tito Ortiz doing in this movie??! We like Tito and have followed his entire MMA career, but good god, he cannot act. We thought Randy Couture and Georges St. Pierre were bad, but Tito Ortiz takes the cake.

It's painfully evident this sequel was rushed during post-production to give it an October 2017 release date because it has some of the worst editing we've seen all year. There are several instances when a conversation begins, is abruptly ended, and is then picked up and continued in a scene later. It's as if the movie wasn't put together properly in post-production. Also, curse words ranging from "damn" to "fuck" are dubbed in post and are sloppily inserted in the movie. We can only assume "Boo 2!" was shot with an R rating in mind and edited down in an effort to give it a PG-13 rating. This is baffling to us because even in PG-13 movies, most of these words (especially "damn") are perfectly acceptable. We know this sounds nit-picky, but it's not something that happens once or twice. IT HAPPENS OVER 20 TIMES, each instance more obvious than the last! It's poor, lazy craftsmanship at its finest.

We really don't have a whole lot to say about "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween." This movie just about broke us. It is truly one of the worst movies of the year in every way, shape, or form. You already know you shouldn't see it, so don't. Just don't. It's bad bad, so please don't waste your time or money on it.

**Did you know we have a podcast? Check out the episode where we discuss "Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" right here! Our review starts at 3:18!

My Rating: 1/10
BigJ's Rating: 1/10
IMDB's Rating: ~3.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: ~7%
Do we recommend this movie: AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!

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