Larry Steckling 10 a.m., July 30
Review: Madea's Witness Protection
In their heyday, Eugene Levy and the satirically contemptuous gang at SCTV would have had a field day gutting formulaic mixed-message trafficker, Tyler Perry. Standout comedic supporting players gotta’ eat, too, but does Perry own compromising Polaroids of Levy with barnyard animals?
Admittedly, stalwart Levy is the "Screech" of the American Pie franchise (and co-star of the Olsen Twins’ New York Minute), but even that can't justify his participation in this subcompact sitcom.
Levy plays a New York CFO unwittingly duped into participating in a Ponzi scheme that launders money for the mob. Wall Street milquetoast Levy and his lily white family are relocated to the deep South to hide out in the home of a giant, ad-libbing drag queen. (You thought Goodfella Henry Hill had it bad?)
This is obviously Perry’s bid at a crossover picture, but if his idea of humor is Denise Richards jive-talking and Levy hiding beneath a mustache, oversize beret, and Pepe LePew accent, stay home and watch reruns of The Carol Burnett Show. All that's missing is a laugh track. And for a filmmaker who prides himself on Christian values, what’s with Doris Roberts wringing laughs out of Alzheimer's Disease?
Reader Rating: Zero Stars
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