Monday, December 10, 2012

The Vern writes an open letter to Mr.Tyler Perry.

Dear Mr. Perry.

I am writing to you to get a basic understanding of some of your movies.  To be fair I have only seen two of them all the way through, and have caught bits of a  few more just to get the general plot line down.  You are able to get some good performances from your lead cast, and you know how to tell a conceive story line.  However, there are still some issues that I have with your movies that I hope you can clear up for me.

1.  Mixing in both broad humor with high dramatic subplots in the same movie.

In "Madea's Family Reunion", you have the plot line of the abusive husband and in "Madea Goes To Jail" you deal with drug addiction and prostitution.  All while something supposedly funny happens to the main character of Madea. It will cut back and forth between really heavy drama, and slapstick comedy so much that it feels like I am watching two separate movies instead of just one   Sometimes I will see jokes added into scenes that were meant  to be dramatic,and  it comes off as being awkward.   In "Madea Goes to Jail" you have a scene where two characters are having a romantic argument and then you decide to have a third person chime in with some funny remarks.   If you want to do a silly comedy movie or a serious drama, pick one.  If you want to combine the two genres, you need to learn how to balance them out so it can still be one complete story.

2.   Heavy messages about religion in every single movie or "Hey Everybody.  We're all getting saved".

I have no real issues with having the idea of faith and religion being brought up, but it becomes the sole message of a lot of your movies it seems.  In "I Can do Bad All by Myself" the main character uses religion as a way to become drug free.  In "Madea Goes to Jail"  the prostitute character is basically saved by religion even though they wisely hide it by having another character remark that it's really not like preaching when it clearly is.  Plus, all of your movies somehow end with a church scene where one of your characters gives a pretty lengthy monologue.   If not in Church the monologue will still somehow mention religion.  I would advise to maybe tone that element down a little.

3. The Hidden Racism.

I'm not going to candy coat this next section and will just call this out as I see it.  I want to be completely honest with my thoughts and opinions.  If white folks showed black people on film the way you show white people.  We would be called bigots, racists, and a whole lot of other names.  When a white character is on screen in one of your films they are usually very stereotypical and one note.  For example, the scared clerk from "Why did I get Married"  or the very rude woman who stole a parking spot in "Madea Goes To Jail".   He did give one white character a bigger part in "The Family that Preys" but he was the villain because he invaded the sanctity of marriage by having an affair with one of the black characters.  I know that through the years black people in movies were not treated the best, and speaking  for white folks everywhere.  I sincerely apologize, but come on. It wouldn't hurt you to have some black characters do some real stupid shit in your movies too.   Spike Lee gives better performances to his white actors in movies like "Do The Right Thing", "Summer of Sam" and "Inside Man".  Not all of them have to be nice but at least they are not stereotyped either.  Since the character of Madea is played by yourself Mr. Perry.  Would you ever consider having a movie that deals with the topics of  transgender or homosexuality on a positive level.

I only mention these things to you because I want you to reach the broadest audience out there, and if you work on a few of these issues you will have more people come to check out the movies you make.


The Vern.

P.S.  If you want to be taken as a serious actor.  Please stop going the lead role.  You are going to have to build up some credentials and appear in some indie films before you can go for the big time.


  1. I've never seen a Tyler Perry movie, which by reading this is probably a good thing!

    In fact, I'm not even sure that his films get theatrical releases over here in the UK. Alex Cross is the first Perry film I've seen advertised on British TV.

    It may go and see it now.

    1. Thanks for the comment Ben. I think he can be a competent director if he would just focus more on the story instead of just the moral message at the end

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  5. Haha, this is so true! Though personally, I don't find his films the least bit funny. Have you seen Alex Cross yet? His take on a serious crime/drama. It would be on my list of worst movies of the last decade.

    He has potential... I think? I just would feel safer if he stayed away from a camera!

    1. I have not seen Alex Cross yet, and am not sure when or if I ever will. He needs to direct something different for me to respect his work. Thanks for the thoughts Ben.