YMMV / Tyler Perry

  • Acceptable Targets: Usually, drug dealers and abusive husbands/parents. Also women who are deemed overly materialistic or career-focused.
  • 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.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Madea's Big Happy Family comes to mind. Almost no one is the film is remotely likable, except for the mother, who in spite of her strong, Christian roots and kind demeanor, still could also look bad due to raising three troubled Jerk Ass excuses for human beings as well as her meek, passive demeanor. Although, given the plot of the movie, it's likely this was intentional.
  • Designated Hero: Madea. For God's sakes, Madea. Even with the good advice she occasionally offers, she's a huge Jerkass and hypocrite who manipulates the people around her and isn't afraid to advocate at least once in every film she appears in that Violence Really Is the Answer.
  • He Really Can Act: His performance in Gone Girl certainly turned some heads.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Even though Linda from Madea Goes To Jail was ultimately proven to be corrupt, how would you feel if your fiance was obsessed with an old female friend of his, especially one that was a prostitute? Plus, there is her saying that just because you grew up poor doesn't mean you're incapable of making something better of your life holds more weight than the film gives it credit for.
    • Similarly, there's Kimberly from Madea's Big Happy Family. Even though her nasty attitude towards her family, particularly her mother and her husband, was uncalled for, she had a point in saying how wrong it is ignoring pressing, detrimental issues within your family and "making nice", especially if it's to someone else's benefit.
  • 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 Madea'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.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Tammy from Madea's Big Happy Family was already a bully for a wife to her Henpecked Husband and, ironically enough, a pushover for a mother that wouldn't discipline her sons, but she crossed this while in an argument with her materialistic snob of an older sister, she threw back in her face the fact that she was raped at 13 and their mother had to care for the child that resulted from the event. In front of their brother, who is that child and didn't know anything about it. All so she would win the argument with her.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Dr. Patricia Agnew from Why Did I Get Married? and its sequel. Aside from being both a Stepford Smiler in both films and the seemingly well-rounded character who was an expert at fixing the problems in her friends' marriages, 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 she didn't properly secure him in his car seat and then the car 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.
  • Values Dissonance: Perry's work can often evoke this for viewers who don't share his traditional views on religion, sexuality, gender roles, etc.