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Madea's Witness Protection [2012] [PG-13] - 4.4.4



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A prosecutor (Tyler Perry) asks his aunt (also Tyler Perry) to house a family of five white people for two months in a makeshift witness protection program. The family includes a bumbling patsy (Eugene Levy), his confused mom (Doris Roberts), his young wife (Denise Richards), and their two teenagers. The aunt hides the family from the Mafia, but has to set right other problems. Also with Danielle Campbell, Devon Leos, Romeo Miller, Marla Gibbs and John Amos. Directed by Tyler Perry. [1:54]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - An older woman asks an older man she just met if he wants to have sex; he declines and slowly backs away, walking out of the room.
 A woman scanned for a commercial air flight says the scanner makes her stand in a very sexual way, with her legs spread out farther than when she birthed her daughter; an officer pats her down (chest, back, legs and thighs under a longish shirt) and she complains about it all, then tells the officer he owes her at least a cigarette or something after that sexual-like activity. A man stares at his wife's behind as she bends over to look into the oven and says, "Her butt is chewing that dress alive."
 A woman wears a tight tank top that reveals cleavage along with tight black stretch pants clinging to thighs and legs. A woman wears a short-sleeved blouse with a keyhole front opening that reveals cleavage and the front of her bra.
 We hear that over 50 years ago an older man and an older woman met near an army base, had sex, and he is the father of her adult son. An older woman tells a male houseguest to get out of bed for an appointment or she will "get completely naked, get up in that bed with you and spoon." A wife says to her husband in the kitchen, "I want a new life. I want sex, George"; their pre-teen son asks if he should leave the room and the couple says yes. A woman doing a large amount of business at a bank walks out with her banker and teases him about flirting with her and they both laugh. A man tells a coworker that he had to "bang his way to the top" by having sex with older women on the board of directors and he says it was difficult because he couldn't maintain his erection. An older man talks to his son and wife, remembering that his wife used to be a prostitute and a pole dancer.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A woman slaps her adult nephew in the face; he is surprised but unharmed. A teen girl hits an older woman in the face with a pillow and the woman pours a bucket of cold water on the teen; the girl wails and shivers, saying the woman is insane.
 A man wearing a clown mask sits in the backseat of a woman's car and points a gun at her head when she sits in the front seat; he demands money several times, the woman curses at him, she stomps on the accelerator and then backs up quickly causing the man to slam against the back windshield; she then speeds and weaves through traffic while the man wails to slow down, the woman slams on the brakes and the man is thrown forward into the seat back, and the woman tells him to get out and he exits the car (he seems unhurt).
 A teen girl in a house opens a box and we see a large dead rat, as a thug is seen running away from the house and a woman says, "All rats will die."
 An office scene shows men and women running around, shouting and carrying out boxes of personal items and shredding documents while the furniture and floors are littered with papers and tax forms; an accountant listens as his boss says that their company is under investigation for illegal investment trading and that the accountant will be blamed and arrested and that the Mafia will also try to kill him, whereupon he panics, grimaces and groans.
 A man has fits of hysterical groaning and wailing in several scenes. An older woman tells a spoiled, angry teen girl that her parents and stepbrother are dead; the girl sniffles then cries and screams when they walk into the room alive and well, hugging them all. Visiting a church service, a man stands up beside his mother and loudly shouts, "I know!" while a speaker on the platform yells, "He knows!" and the congregation, choir and speakers stomp and shout, causing the mom to look frightened, while she attempts to smile.
 A middle-aged man and a younger man engage in several arguments and threaten to punch each other, but never actually fistfight. An older man and an older woman argue constantly; she tells him to shut up and that she wants him dead so he can't talk; in one scene, she tells him that she will cut his vocal cords. An older woman instructs a younger woman to stop accepting disrespect from her stepdaughter; the mom agrees and begins to yell back at the teen girl and sends her to bed when she is disrespectful. A district attorney tells a colleague that he wants a fraud suspect "fried" (i.e. convicted and jailed); he says that if not jailed, the Mafia will kill the suspect and that is fine. An older woman tells a man to stand up for himself, stop being afraid of the FBI and the Mafia, and stop letting others take advantage of him.

PROFANITY 4 - 3 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 31 anatomical terms, 68 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, insane, thing, old woman, thug, whore, colored, maggot food, sharecroppers, moron, pimp, short), stereotypical references to African-Americans, whites, New Yorkers, Southerners, ministers, district attorneys, teenagers, stepmothers, business people, prisoners, the FBI, the Mafia, 17 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman tries to give her mother-in-law prescription tablets unsuccessfully and her husband convinces the older woman to swallow them, a woman says that she wants marijuana, a wife tells her husband to go take a Valium tablet and he agrees (he does not take it), and a dozen prescription bottles are seen on a TV tray beside an elderly man (we do not see their labels or see him take any). A woman who is nervous on an airplane asks a flight attendant for an alcoholic beverage and says, "Bring it all, whatever it is. If it's brown, pour it" (the scene ends and we see no alcohol).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Blended families, dysfunctional families, dishonest business practices, Ponzi schemes, organized crime, law breaking, responsibility, consequences, making amends.

MESSAGE - Stand up for yourself and do the right thing.

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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