Boo! A Madea Halloween

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Boo! A Madea Halloween
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTyler Perry
Produced by
  • Tyler Perry
  • Ozzie Areu
  • Will Areu
Written byTyler Perry
Music byElvin Ross
CinematographyRichard Vialet
Edited byLarry Sexton
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
October 21, 2016
Running time
103 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$20 million[1][2]
Box office$74.8 million[1]

Boo! A Madea Halloween is a 2016 American comedy horror[3] film directed, written, starring and co-produced by Tyler Perry. The idea for the film originated from a fictitious Madea Halloween movie that was mentioned in Chris Rock's 2014 film Top Five.[4] It is the ninth film in the Madea series and the second to not be adapted from a stage play (the first being Madea's Witness Protection). The film was released on October 21, 2016 by Lionsgate and, despite receiving generally negative reviews, grossed $74.8 million against a $20 million budget, making it the third-highest-grossing Madea film. A sequel, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, was released on October 20, 2017.


Jonathan (Yousef Erakat) and his fraternity brothers invite Tiffany Simmons (Diamond White) and her friends Rain Mathison (Bella Thorne), Leah Devereaux (Lexy Panterra), and a reluctant Aday Walker (Liza Koshy) to a Halloween party. Tiffany's father Brian (Perry) forbids her to attend and is later aghast at her smutty video chat with Jonathan. That night, Madea (Perry) and Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis) distribute candy to trick-or-treaters, though Bam steals candy back from them. Joe (Perry) dresses as a clown to frighten the women, with their friend Hattie Mae Love (Patrice Lovely) as his accomplice. Brian arranges for Madea (who brings along Joe, Aunt Bam, and Hattie) to stay at his house to prevent Tiffany from attending the party while he works late and takes his son Brian Jr. (B.J.) to his ex-wife's house, but his reluctance to put his foot down and be firm with his daughter appalls the four elders. To keep the oldsters busy so they can sneak out, Tiffany and the still-reluctant Aday invent a ghost story that leads the superstitious adults to hide in the bedrooms.

Upon overcoming the superstition to check Tiffany's (empty) bed, Madea realizes that the girls are at the party, so she crashes it to look for Tiffany, but gets ejected along with Bam and Hattie after shutting the party down by turning off the music. Upon returning home, the women then put a permanent end to the party by calling the police on the frathouse. Aday overhears the brothers planning revenge against Madea and her friends. The boys pose as the ghost from Tiffany's story, hacking into the house's wiring and plumbing, and sneaking into the attic; Madea, Bam, and Hattie flee the house, pursued by the brothers and partygoers dressed as zombies. Joe stays at the house and knocks out a frat boy dressed as a deranged clown, who reveals Jonathan's scheme to Joe.

Madea runs into a church where Aday's parents are ministers; Madea comes to believe the supernatural threats are punishment for her sins and hopes salvation will protect her. Aday and her parents then reveal Jonathan's scheme, with the former adding that it was payback against the women for shutting the party down; Aday, Madea, Hattie and Bam plan a comeuppance for the fraternity. They return to Brian's house and force him to return home to deal with Tiffany's misbehavior, but he continues to be reluctant to take any real action, not wanting to use the old-school methods that his father and aunt used on him. Finally fed up, Madea, Bam, and Hattie storm up to Tiffany's room to confront her, pack her things to throw her out of the house, and even take some things for themselves. Tiffany looks to her father for help, but when he refuses, she finally calls him out for being such a pushover with everyone and reveals her knowledge of her mother cheating on him in their house, as well as the fact she knew that he knew about her mother's infidelity and that she was appalled when he didn't confront her over it; this made her lose respect for her father.

At this, Brian finally toughens up and helps the women pack up Tiffany's things. He then confirms to Tiffany that he knew about her mother's affair, but took no action and walked away to protect Tiffany and her brother from all the drama and pain. Brian explains that he makes the rules and decisions that he does to protect his children so they can eventually live their lives and make mistakes responsibly. He then issues his daughter the ultimatum of either living in his house with him and abiding by his rules, or packing up and going out into the streets on her own. Tiffany finally gets the message of what being an adult is about and apologizes to her father and the women for her behavior and agrees to live by her father's rules. Then the police arrive to reveal that Aday has gone missing and arrest Tiffany in connection with her disappearance.

The next day, the police arrive at the frat house; scrambling to figure out what to do, the brothers discover Aday's seemingly-murdered corpse in the basement. The officers arrest the boys along with Tiffany, Rain, and Leah for Aday's murder when they find the corpse; they also arrest Rain, Leah, and the boys for bringing the underage Tiffany and Aday to the party. They load everyone onto a prison bus with other prisoners and a brawl breaks out on the bus. The boys and girls (sans Tiffany) panic until Aday appears, alive and unharmed; the arrests were a prank to punish everyone's misbehavior. The boys and girls apologize to the women and Aday for everything they caused. Brian, a federal prosecutor, reveals that the police officers are real, not actors as Madea had thought. The police find marijuana in the frat house and an officer recognizes Madea; she and the brothers flee as the film ends.



Production on Boo! A Madea Halloween began in mid-January 2016 in Atlanta; filming completed within six days.[6] On March 4, 2016, Lionsgate released a teaser trailer for the film[7] and on July 14, the official trailer was released, as well as a parody poster of Halloween (1978).[8]


Box office[edit]

Boo! A Madea Halloween grossed $73.2 million in North America and $1.6 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $74.8 million against a $20 million budget.[1] The film was released on October 21, 2016 alongside Ouija: Origin of Evil, Keeping Up with the Joneses and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and was expected to gross $15–17 million from 2,260 theaters in its opening weekend.[9][2] The film grossed $9.4 million on its first day (including $855,000 from Thursday night previews) and an above-expected $27.6 million in its opening weekend, finishing first at the box office and ranking as the fourth-best debut for a Perry film.[10][11] In its second weekend, the film grossed $17.2 million (a drop of only 39.6%) and, despite facing competition with the newcomer Inferno ($14.9 million), remained first at the box office.[12]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 19% based on 43 reviews, with an average rating of 3.87/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Boo! A Madea Halloween won't win Tyler Perry's long-running franchise many new converts, but at nine films and counting, it hardly needs to."[13] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 30/100, based on reviews from 14 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."[14] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.[15]


Award Category Subject Result
Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress Tyler Perry Nominated
Worst Director Nominated
Worst Screen Combo Nominated
That same old worn out wig Nominated

In May 2017, Lionsgate announced that a sequel titled Boo 2! A Madea Halloween would be released on October 20, 2017.[16]


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