Martin McDonagh's In Bruges
. Martin Scorsese can put his name in front of a movie. Quentin Tarantino can do that. More importantly, they can do that now
, after they've already spent years establishing their identity so we, as an audience, will know what to expect when we see their names. But Tyler Perry? In 2005, I wondered why should his name in the title entice anyone to buy a ticket?
You know what shut me up?
It fucking worked.
Diary of a Mad, Black Woman
was made for a little over $5 million and, even though it was critically panned by almost everyone, it became a surprise hit, making $50.6 million. The second film in the Madea franchise,
Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion
, opened at #1 and made $65 million. It was around this time that I started getting that Twilight Zone
He's also written a book, Tyler Perry's Book About Madea The Title of Which I'm Too Lazy to Google But I Know Involves the Words 'Black Woman',
delivered in the voice of the Madea character, and it topped the New York Times
He's also got a show on TBS called Tyler Perry's House of Payne.
After 10 episodes, Tyler Perry signed a $200 million deal with TBS for the show because it was such a hit.
What the hell is going on?
Now, lest you think I'm an uninformed hater, I want to make it clear that I'm not going into this blind. I've seen both
movies, and at least part of an episode of TP's H of P
(which is the closest anyone I know has come to watching a full episode). They all sucked pretty hard. Tyler Perry's