Meet the Browns

March 21st, 2008


Meet the Browns

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Still of Tyler Perry in Meet the BrownsStill of Margaret Avery, Frankie Faison, Jenifer Lewis, Tamela J. Mann, Lamman Rucker and David Mann in Meet the BrownsEva Pigford and Lance Gross at event of Meet the BrownsStill of Angela Bassett and Sofía Vergara in Meet the BrownsStill of Angela Bassett and Rick Fox in Meet the BrownsStill of Angela Bassett, Rick Fox and Lance Gross in Meet the Browns

A single mom takes her family to Georgia for the funeral of her father -- a man she never met. There, her clan is introduced to the crass, fun-loving Brown family.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 3.4/10 (3,940 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: Tyler Perry

Stars: Tamela J. Mann, Angela Bassett, Tyler Perry

A single mom takes her family to Georgia for the funeral of her father -- a man she never met. There, her clan is introduced to the crass, fun-loving Brown family.

Tyler Perry - Madea / Joe
David Mann - Mr. Brown
Tamela J. Mann - Cora Brown (as Tamela Mann)
Angela Bassett - Brenda
Lance Gross - Michael
Chloe Bailey - Tosha
Mariana Tolbert - Lena
Rick Fox - Harry
Sofía Vergara - Cheryl
Irma P. Hall - Mildred
Frankie Faison - L.B.
Margaret Avery - Sarah
Jenifer Lewis - Vera
Lamman Rucker - Will
Kristopher Lofton - Calvin

Taglines: You can't choose your family, you can only pack accordingly.


Official Website: Lions Gate Entertainment [United States] |

Release Date: 21 March 2008

Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Opening Weekend: $20,082,809 (USA) (23 March 2008) (2006 Screens)

Gross: $41,939,392 (USA) (4 May 2008)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

David Mann (Leroy) and Tamela J. Mann (Cora) are in reality, married. Tamela is only two months older than David.

Revealing mistakes: During the scene of the end of the police chase, Madea (Tyler Perry), is placed in the back of a cruiser. At the end of the scene, you clearly see Tyler Perry laughing and the cruiser stop during the cut.

Brenda Brown: I can pay you back now... for all you did for us. The house, the move, everything.
Harry: You don't get it, do you?
Brenda Brown: Get what?
Harry: I didn't do all of that so you could pay me back.
Brenda Brown: I'm sorry. I'm just so used to being taken advantage of and...
Harry: Yeah, that you don't even know when somebody loves you!
Brenda Brown: Love me?
Harry: Yeah. Tell Mike I said congratulations.
Brenda Brown: Hey, what if I told you I love you too? But I got scared for a second, but I'd rather be scared and with you than be not scared and not have you.
Harry: Why would I scare you?

User Review

HONESTLY, what was so bad about this film to get such a harsh rating?

Rating: 6/10

My theater that I work at got Meet the Browns, I have never ever seen a Tyler Perry movie, so this would be my first. But I didn't see it opening weekend and it took me a while to decide to see the movie, because of one thing, the rating on IMDb. Usually most of the ratings on the movies are pretty accurate. But when I finally decided to just go ahead and watch the movie, I have to say that I am very much disgusted with the rating here. I just don't understand why people are being so harsh with this movie, I felt like it was just a decent and uplifting film. I agree the stereotypes are bit much, but I've seen oh so much worse. Angela Bassett, who must of made a deal with the devil to look that good at 50, pulls in a great and heart felt performance as a mom who is just trying to do right by her kids despite the hard times she's facing.

Brenda is a single mom in Chicago who is just struggling like crazy to take care of her three kids, trying to do the right thing, she looses her job, her electricity has been shut off, she's being judged by everyone, and the dad of her son just refuses to pay any child support what so ever. But when she finds out that her dad(who she never met) died, she and the kids go down to Georgia for the funeral, and she finds out that he gave her a house, which her family and a handsome family friend pull together to put her dreams back into place and to give her star basketball son a great future.

Meet the Browns is just generally a good film, there are things that are a little off key, but it's all good. This film made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me remember how lucky I am to have family and friends who love me and how I love them as well. The ending is just such a relief and makes you think about the good things in life that make it worth living. I would recommend Meet the Browns, it's a fun film that I'm sure will make you feel good, please ignore the harsh rating, this is a totally misjudged film.



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