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YMMV: Tyler Perry
  • Acceptable Targets: Usually, drug dealers and abusive husbands/parents.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In Jay Pott's discussion about blaxploitation for SHAFT OR SIDNEY POITIER: The Emergence of Black Masculinity in Comic Books he posits that Perry's movies might be the first of a wave of mainstream black film that actually move black cinema away from relying on trite stereotypes. He explains that the overt silliness of most of his films are a part of the growing pains of a new movement but necessary in order to get the kinks out.
  • Anvilicious: Mr. Perry is known for a great many things, but subtlety is not one of them.
  • Critic Proof
  • Cultural Cringe: Often the attitude felt by the Black audience who don't love his movies. Spike Lee is a notable example.
  • He Really Can Act: Although many have been critical of his films in the past, the majority of reviewers found him to be excellently utilized as the hotshot and Genre Savvy criminal lawyer in David Fincher's adaptation of Gone Girl.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: As it was mentioned on the main page, you may not be interested in the drama, but you are definitely in for Madea.
  • Minority Show Ghetto: In the words of Kenan Thompson from Saturday Night Live playing Perry, "Some of you may know me from my films like Medea's Family Reunion and Why Did I Get Married?, or you may know my sitcoms, like Meet the Browns and House of Payne. Or you may be white."
    • YMMV on whether he falls into the ghetto or breaks out of it. Despite having a very small white audience, Perry has enjoyed huge financial and critical success.
  • Unfortunate Implications: With one exception—in Madea' s Family Christmas—interracial relationships in his movies are always extramarital affairs between a couple of scumbags.
    • Most of the white people that appear in his movies are complete Jerkasses.
    • As are many of the dark-skinned black characters.
    • And the wealthy characters of any race or skin tone.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Dr. Patricia Agnew from Why Did I Get Married? and its sequel. Aside from being a Stepford Smiler in both films, she would have still been sympathetic based off of the first movie alone, where we learned that she accidentally killed her son in a car accident because didn't properly secure him in his car seat and the car then ran off the road while it was raining... yet in the sequel, she also (indirectly this time) causes her husband, Gavin, to be killed in a car accident as she ran him off from his job in anger after a misguided attempt of revenge against him in their divorce proceedings.

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