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If you've never seen one of Tyler Perry's movies, you might be surprised to know that just because his famous character Madea in the title doesn't mean she's actually the main character. In most of the Madea films-- Madea's Big Happy Family, Madea Goes To Jail-- her antics play a supporting role to the melodrama at the center of the story, in which a woman learns to leave her abusive spouse, a father learns the true meaning of family, or an extended family learns to rely on each other-- or some variation on that theme. But Madea is also Perry's most popular creation, so when it comes to marketing these movies, it's all Madea, all the time-- even if that has barely anything to do with the movie itself.
So while you watch the below trailer for Madea's Witness Protection, bear in mind that Madea isn't even the character going into witness protection-- a family led by Eugene Levy is assigned to be protected by living in her house. And yeah, I have no idea why that leads to Madea getting on a plane, which takes up the bulk of this teaser, but watch it and let me know if you come up with any guesses.
Though Perry's films usually revolve around a cast of black characters, usually played both by well-known black actors and Perry's consistent crew of comedians, Witness Protection will be his second film, after The Family That Preys, to cast a number of well-known white actors as well. In addition to Levy, there's Denise Richards playing his frustrated second wife, Doris Roberts playing his mother, and Tom Arnold playing somebody named "Walter" who doesn't get mentioned in the plot synopsis. Here's that synopsis, via Yahoo!, to give you a better sense of how the movie plays out-- something you don't learn at all in this teaser, which trades in Madea's usual broad humor for actual clarity about the movie. Madea's Witness Protection opens June 29.
For years, George Needleman, the gentle CFO of a Wall Street investment bank, has been living with his head in the clouds. His frustrated second wife, Kate, has reached her limit taking care of his senile mother, Barbara. His teenage daughter, Cindy, is spoiled beyond hope and his seven-year-old son, Howie, wishes his father were around more. But George is finally forced to wake up when he learns that his firm, Lockwise Industries, has been operating a mob-backed Ponzi scheme -- and that he's been set up as the fall guy.