For years; George Needleman (Levy); the gentle CFO of a Wall Street investment bank; has been living with his head in the clouds. His frustrated second wife; Kate (Richards); has reached her limit taking care of his senile mother; Barbara (Roberts). His teenage daughter; Cindy (Danielle Campbell); is spoiled beyond hope and his seven-year-old son; Howie (Devan Leos); 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. Facing criminal charges and death threats from the mob; George and his entire family are put under witness protection in the safest place that Brian (Perry); a federal prosecutor from Atlanta; can think of. His Aunt Madea's house down South. As a result; Madea and her live-in brother; Uncle Joe (Perry); find themselves managing a completely dysfunctional family from Connecticut. But as George tries to solve the mystery behind Lockwise's finances; Madea whips the Needlemans into shape using her hilarious brand of tough love. And together; they realize they just might have what it takes to unite George's family; outsmart the mob and change everyone's lives for the better.
Imagine being in such a tough spot that you need Madea to help keep you safe. That's the simple but hilarious premise behind Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection, a straight-up slapstick hit with a sweet message underlying the shtick. Tyler Perry plays Madea, of course, as well as several other parts. The always-hilarious Eugene Levy plays the hapless George Needleman, a schlub of a businessman who's been sucked into laundering money for a low-level mob family. When he realizes his predicament, he is sent to hide out with Madea. Of course complications ensue, and Madea's called upon to help George's family--so while he is hiding out, Madea also goes "under cover" as a Manhattan socialite, trying to follow some of the laundered money that should have gone to charity. Perry's ensemble cast keeps things moving at a hilarious pace, and fans of the Madea franchise will love Witness Protection. The supporting cast is splendid, including Tom Arnold, who has a memorable cameo; Denise Richards as George's wife; and Doris Roberts as George's befuddled mom. Madea can handle them all with aplomb--and the mob probably better watch its back too. This edition contains great special features, including a look at how Perry "does" Madea; the world of Madea; a look at the Needlemans; and a salute to Madea's comedy icons. For Tyler Perry fans, it's not to be missed. --A.T. Hurley