Meet the Browns (film)

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Meet the Browns
Browns.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTyler Perry
Produced byTyler Perry
Reuben Cannon
Written byTyler Perry
Based onMeet the Browns
by Tyler Perry
StarringAngela Bassett
Rick Fox
Margaret Avery
Frankie Faison
Jenifer Lewis
Lance Gross
Sofía Vergara
Lamman Rucker
Tamela Mann
David Mann
Tyler Perry
Music byAaron Zigman
CinematographySandi Sissel
Edited byMaysie Hoy
Production
company
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • March 21, 2008 (2008-03-21)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$20 million[1]
Box office$42 million

Meet the Browns is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama film released by Lionsgate on March 21, 2008. The film was based on the play of the same name by Tyler Perry.

Plot[edit]

In Chicago, Brenda Brown-Davis, the struggling single mother of Mike Jr., Lena, and Tosha, receives news that the father she has never met has died and his funeral will be in Georgia. The same day, the plant where she works with friend Cheryl closes, adding to her existing financial difficulties; then Miss Mildred, who supervises Tosha in her home daycare, says she will not work for Brenda anymore, upset that Brenda has not been paying her.

Harry, a basketball scout, notices Mike Jr. when he plays well at a game and comes to their house to talk about the boy's future. Harry asks Brenda out but she says has no interest in hearing about her son going professional and walks away. She begs Miss Mildred to watch Tosha briefly and goes to see her ex with Cheryl for financial help to pay the woman back. Mike Sr., who has never given Brenda any assistance, says no.

Brenda takes her children to Georgia to attend her father's funeral, and meets half-siblings who did not know she existed. She is surprised to run into Harry, who lives in the same town and is friendly with her father's family. At dinner Brenda learns that the eldest son of "Pop" Brown, LB, was the only one who knew about her. On his deathbed, Pop confessed to LB that he had been a pimp in Chicago; Brenda's mother, LB's mother, and many of Pop's friends the children had all known were his working girls. The family welcomes Brenda, offering support and encouragement. After the funeral, they learn that Pop Brown left a house to Brenda in his will. Brenda decides not to move into the house, despite Harry’s suggestion that she should stay.

Once Brenda is back in Chicago, Mike Sr. offers money in exchange for a one-night stand. After Brenda rejects him, Mike Jr. overhears Mike Sr. insulting her and storms out. In an attempt to make money to help, Mike Jr. turns to Calvin, a friend who deals drugs. Harry sees them together and suspects something is wrong. He counsels Mike Jr. and goes home with him, to explain the situation to Brenda, who threatens to kick Mike Jr. out if he starts dealing drugs. Mike Jr. realizes the risks involved in drug dealing would let his family down and promises that he will not do it. When Harry and Brenda leave for a date, Mike Jr. tells Calvin that he has changed his mind and returns the drugs. A group of rival drug dealers arrive and attack Calvin for selling on their turf. Michael is shot and wounded when he runs away at Calvin's urging. This leads to a further breakdown in Brenda's relationship with Mike Sr.

After Mike Jr. recovers, Harry asks the Browns for help to get Pop Brown's old house for Brenda and her kids; they renovate the house and surprise her. Brenda overhears her half-sister Vera talking to LB's wife Sarah, suggesting that Harry is only dating Brenda to get his “perks” from helping Mike Jr. Brenda overhears the conversation confronts Harry; he asserts that he truly means well, but she breaks up with him.

A basketball league representative visits Brenda and offers Mike Jr. a million-dollar contract; Brenda learns that Harry referred them. On the day Mike Jr. signs his contract, Mike Sr. arrives to be photographed with his ex and son, but Mike Jr. announces to the press that he does not know his father, and that his mother had raised him without support. After they leave, Mike Jr. tells his mother that Harry is a good man and more of a father figure than his actual father had been. Brenda goes to see Harry and they reconcile, ultimately leading to marriage.

Cast[edit]

Differences from the stage play[edit]

  • The film's plot mainly comes from another Tyler Perry production called What's Done In The Dark. That particular play has a subplot where a single parent trying to raise a teenage son who gets involved in drug dealing in order to help his mother get out of financial ruin. That plot element is used heavily in Meet the Browns.
  • The Browns are only a part of one of the film's subplots instead of being the central focus like the stageplay and TV series.
  • Mr. Brown is not the protagonist or focal character of this film. He is one of the supporting characters along with the other Brown family members. He is primarily used for comic relief. He later becomes the central character again in the TV series.
  • The characters Kim, Milay and Gerald do not appear in the film. Nor do they exist. Kim is later replaced by a new character named Sasha in the TV series.
  • In the stageplay, Will is married to Kim with children, and has cheated on Kim. In the film, none of that has happened because Kim is absent from this film and it appears that he is not married. However, in the TV series, Will has a wife named Sasha.

Production[edit]

Meet the Browns completed filming on October 26, 2007 after beginning on July 12 the same year.

Stageplay[edit]

The film is based on the play of the same name. The film altered almost all the plot details found in the play.

Television series[edit]

Meet the Browns aired on TBS starring David Mann and Tamela Mann. The show's plot is different from the play and movie. Mr. Brown has opened up a senior citizens' home with the help of Cora, his nephew Will and his wife Sasha. Storylines involve the various zany residents of the home. The series, however, is a spin-off of the film, the stageplay and three episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne where Mann guest-starred as Mr. Brown, who learns that his deceased father states in his will that he wants him to open a senior citizens' home. Brown enlists the help of the Paynes, Cora, and Will. The other characters from the play and film are neither mentioned nor seen. However, Brown's sister Vera made a guest appearance in the third season of the series.

Differences from the film[edit]

  • Most of the Brown family members in this film do not appear in the series.
  • In the film, Will has a minor role as Vera's son. In the series, he is one of the main characters.

Critical reception[edit]

The film received mixed reviews from critics. As of February 17, 2015, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 33% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 57 reviews.[3] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 45 out of 100, based on 14 reviews.[4]

Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend, the film grossed an estimated $20 million in 2,006 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking #2 at the box office[5] behind Horton Hears a Who!. Although the film ranked second at the box office, it ranked first in average gross per theater, grossing $9,977 per theater compared to Horton's $6,336 per theater. When the film ended its run at the box office, it had grossed $41,975,388 over its $20 million budget, making the film a success.[6]

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack was released by Atlantic Records on March 18, 2008.

Track list[edit]

[7]

  1. People Everyday (Metamorphosis Mix) – Musiq Soulchild feat. Estelle
  2. Face To Face – Coko & Case
  3. Sweeter – Gerald Levert
  4. Dig This – Brandy
  5. I'll Take You ThereKelly Price
  6. Love Again – Kelly Rowland
  7. This Gift – Deborah Cox
  8. Angel – Chaka Khan
  9. Alright – Ledisi
  10. Unify – Wynter Gordon
  11. My Love – Jill Scott
  12. Hallelujah – Tamela Mann

Blu-ray / DVD release[edit]

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns was sold in 1-disc and 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray on July 1, 2008. DVD sales have so far gathered $17,810,803 in revenue.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet the Browns Box Office Data". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "S&C Inspiration Journal: Meet The Browns". celebritywc.com.
  3. ^ "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2015-02-17.
  4. ^ "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved 2015-02-17.
  5. ^ "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (2008) - Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
  6. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for March 21–23, 2008". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
  7. ^ Amazon.com: Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture Tyler Perry's "Meet The Browns": MP3 Downloads: Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns
  8. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/2008/MBRWN-DVD.php

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