7 Lessons We've Learned from Tyler Perry's Madea


Sleigh-slamming into a theater near you this weekend, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas marks the eighth incarnation of Perry’s fast-talking, no-nonsense matriarchal character on the big screen. Y’all better watch out if this wise-talking granny slides down your chimney, because she’ll be serving up enough neatly wrapped Madea-isms and family holiday advice to usher you well into the New Year.  You just have to look past her potty-mouth way of offering it. 

Gather round, children, and behold the lessons Madea has taught us.

Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
No matter how mad you get, you must always forgive those who have sinned against you. Also, never sign a prenup. 

 

Madea's Family Reunion (2006)
Regardless of who you are, you can always count on your family for sound advice.

 

Meet the Browns (2008)
Never tire of doing the right thing, even if the odds seem insurmountable. Also, don’t resist arrest. 

 

Madea Goes to Jail (2009)
No matter how terrible a situation you find yourself in, always remember to maintain your grace and dignity… unless, of course, you need to get to the top of the food chain in the prison system. In that situation do whatever it takes. 

 

I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009)
Even though you may lose your way, your friends and family will help you find your footing again in this treacherous world. 

 

Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family (2011)
While domestic abuse is wrong, sometimes slappin’ some sense into younglings is the only way to get their attention and respect. 

Madea's Witness Protection (2012)
Helping others, even if you don’t know them, is always the right thing to do. Cash incentives don’t hurt, either. 

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