Madea Goes to Jail

  • Directors: Tyler Perry
  • Producers: Tyler Perry, Reuben Cannon
  • Writers: Tyler Perry
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime, Drama
  • Actors: Tyler Perry, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Derek Luke, Robin Coleman, Jackson Walker, Drew Sidora, David Mann, Tamela J Mann, Sofia Vergara

After a high-speed freeway chase (as shown at the end of Perry’s previous film Meet the Browns) puts Madea (Tyler Perry) in front of the judge (Mablean Ephriam), her reprieve is short-lived when she goes to the store and destroys a woman’s car after she cuts in front of her. Judge Mathis (as himself) gives her a sentence of five years. A gleeful Joe (Perry) couldn’t be happier at Madea’s misfortune. But Madea’s eccentric friend Mr. Brown and their illegitimate daughter Cora (David and Tamela Mann) rally behind her with the help of Joe’s lawyer son Brian (Perry) who is tired of Madea and Joe getting into trouble, lending their special “country” brand of support.

Meanwhile, (DeKalb County, Georgia) assistant district attorney Joshua Hardaway (Derek Luke) is on the fast track to career success. But Hardaway lands a case too personal to handle – defending a young prostitute and former drug addict Candace Washington (Keshia Knight Pulliam), whom he is apparently already acquainted with – and asks his fiancée and fellow ADA Linda Davis (Ion Overman) to fill in on his behalf. After the trial, Joshua, who has paid Candace’s bail, meets with a church activist friend of his Ellen (Viola Davis), who tries to help a wary Candace, who seems somewhat bitter and angry about her circumstances, but determined to be a survivor. Joshua and Candace talk briefly over lunch, and it is implied that the two had some past dealings with one another as college students.

Because of the now-revealed news of Linda’s tampering with client files, there is a public outcry and a protest movement gains momentum to set Madea and the others free. Candace, Madea and some other women that Linda represented have their convictions overturned and are released. Madea goes home with Brown, Cora, and Bryan, and Candace goes home with Joshua.

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