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Meet the Browns (2008)

  • Rate: 3.4/10 total 3,975 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 21 March 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:100 min
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Meet the Browns (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Meet the Browns (2008)
  • Rate: 3.4/10 total 3,975 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 21 March 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:100 min
  • Filming Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Gross: $41,939,392(USA)(4 May 2008)
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Stars: Tamela J. Mann, Angela Bassett and Tyler Perry
  • Original Music By: Aaron Zigman   
  • Soundtrack: Hi Steppin'
  • Sound Mix: DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Funeral | Female Protagonist | Face Slap | High School | Construction Site

Writing Credits By:

  • Tyler Perry (play)

Known Trivia

  • David Mann (Leroy) and Tamela J. Mann (Cora) are in reality, married. Tamela is only two months older than David.
  • Although Leroy is a senior in his 70s, David Mann is around 30 years younger than his on-screen counterpart.

Goofs: Continuity: When Harry comes to pick up Brenda and the kids to drive back down to Georgia, he is in a navy blue SUV with shiny silver hub caps. However, when they pull up to the Brenda's new house left by her father, they are not in the same SUV. The SUV now has a different set of white hub caps.

Plot: A single mom takes her family to Georgia for the funeral of her father — a man she never met. There, her clan is introduced to the crass, fun-loving Brown family.  »

Story: A single mom takes her family to Georgia for the funeral of her father — a man she never met. There, her clan is introduced to the crass, fun-loving Brown family.


Synopsis: A single mother living in inner city Chicago, Brenda has been struggling for years to make ends meet and keep her three kids off the street.

But when she’s laid off with no warning, she starts losing hope for the first time – until a letter arrives announcing the death of a father she’s never met.

Desperate for any kind of help, Brenda takes her family to Georgia for the funeral. But nothing could have prepared her for the Browns, her father’s fun-loving, crass Southern clan. In a small-town world full of long afternoons and country fairs, Brenda struggles to get to know the family she never knew existed…and finds a brand new romance that just might change her life.

The story is adapted by Tyler Perry from his stage play "Meet the Browns." Perry will portray Madea and Uncle Joe in the film.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Tim Andrew known as supervising producer
  • Roger M. Bobb known as co-producer
  • Reuben Cannon known as producer
  • Joseph P. Genier known as co-producer
  • Michael Paseornek known as executive producer
  • Tyler Perry known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Tyler Perry known as Madea / Joe
  • David Mann known as Mr. Brown
  • Tamela J. Mann known as Cora Brown (as Tamela Mann)
  • Angela Bassett known as Brenda
  • Lance Gross known as Michael
  • Chloe Bailey known as Tosha
  • Mariana Tolbert known as Lena
  • Rick Fox known as Harry
  • Sofía Vergara known as Cheryl
  • Irma P. Hall known as Mildred
  • Frankie Faison known as L.B.
  • Margaret Avery known as Sarah
  • Jenifer Lewis known as Vera
  • Lamman Rucker known as Will
  • Kristopher Lofton known as Calvin
  • Phillip Edward Van Lear known as Michael, Sr. (as Phillip Van Lear)
  • Michael J. King known as Coach
  • LaVan Davis known as Bus Driver
  • Olumiji Olawumi known as Gang Member #1
  • Tory O. Davis known as Man
  • Mark Russell Gray known as Officer
  • LaNisa Renee Frederick known as Bus Passenger
  • Jonathan Slocumb known as Pastor
  • Robert C. Goodwin known as Postman
  • Allen Edge known as Samuel
  • Keith Kupferer known as Supervisor
  • Jacqueline Williams known as Worker
  • Phil Ridarelli known as Power Company Worker
  • David Kronawitter known as News Reporter
  • Roy McCrerey known as NBA Coach
  • Shawn Shepard known as Doctor
  • Tom Clark known as Press Member #1
  • Tasia Grant known as Press Member #2
  • Michael H. Cole known as Richard (as Michael Cole)
  • Adrienne Reynolds known as Waitress
  • Penny Slusher known as Woman
  • Wes Kennemore known as Carnival Worker
  • Mia Butler known as Woman
  • Gus Williams known as Arresting Officer
  • Grace Baine known as Hospital Patient (uncredited)
  • Tim Blanchard known as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Chandler George Brown known as Child in Ferris Wheel Ride (uncredited)
  • Gene Bryant known as Basketball Player (uncredited)
  • Frances Cobb known as Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
  • Kenny Cook known as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Ondie Daniel known as Hospital Visitor (uncredited)
  • Ayanna Fullilove known as Neighbor (uncredited)
  • J. Alec Holmes known as Construction Worker (uncredited)
  • Barry Hopkins known as Hospital Visitor (uncredited)
  • Anthony K. Hyatt known as Basketball Player (uncredited)
  • Kent Igleheart known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Charlie Jenkins known as Student (uncredited)
  • Natasha Mays known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Arle Michel known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Vernon Mitchell known as Student (uncredited)
  • Tyler Parks known as Kirby (uncredited)
  • James Pusztay known as Constuction Foreman (uncredited)
  • Steve Ryan known as Basketball Fan (uncredited)
  • Gail Silva known as Carnival Patron (uncredited)
  • Malik Simmons known as Basketball Fan (uncredited)
  • Dion Strowhorn Sr. known as Factory Worker (uncredited)
  • Scott M. Yaffee known as Man in Hospital (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Kyndra Beaudoin known as assistant hair stylist
  • Andrea C. Brotherton known as assistant hair stylist
  • Dayara Calipolitti known as assistant hair stylist
  • Chelo known as assistant makeup artist: Chicago (as Chelo Ontiveros)
  • Patrice Coleman known as department head makeup
  • Andrew M. Crossley known as special makeup effects artist: Lab Work
  • Cazz Fleming known as additional makeup artist (as Cassalena 'Cazz' Fleming)
  • T.A. Henderson known as key hair stylist
  • Lun Yé Hodges known as first assistant makeup artist: Chicago (as Lun Yé Marsh)
  • DeLisa Hunter known as assistant hair stylist
  • Debra James known as second assistant makeup artist: Chicago
  • Alicya Klosek known as assistant hair stylist: Chicago
  • Tarsha Marshall known as assistant hair stylist
  • Donna Martin known as additional makeup artist (as Donna K. Martin)
  • Wanda Patterson known as additional makeup artist
  • Cheryl Pickenback known as key hair stylist: Chicago (as Cheryl Pickenpack)
  • Judy Ponder-Patton known as makeup artist
  • Donna M. Premick known as makeup artist (as Donna Premick)
  • Carol Rasheed known as additional makeup artist
  • Shannon Richard known as assistant hair stylist
  • Charles Gregory Ross known as department head hair stylist
  • Mark James Ross known as special makeup effects artist: Lab Work
  • Toby Sells known as special makeup effects artist
  • Toby Sells known as special makeup effects designer
  • January Snell known as additional makeup artist
  • Randy Stodghill known as hair stylist: Ms. Bassett
  • Denise Tunnell known as first assistant makeup artist (as Denise K. Tunnell)
  • Ellie Winslow known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Gary Baugh known as art director: Chicago
  • Jason Breitzman known as art department assistant
  • James Brothers known as property master
  • Adam Brustein known as graphic artist
  • Semret Fesseha known as art department assistant
  • Brenda Findley known as art department coordinator
  • Daniel B. Foster known as leadman
  • Sammy Ray Hill known as set dresser
  • Fred Holloway known as construction toolman
  • Ellen L. Kerr known as assistant property master
  • Rich Koll known as gang boss
  • Konrad Lewis known as set dresser
  • Drew Meyers known as set dresser
  • Timothy David O'Brien known as draftsman (as Timothy O'Brien)
  • Andy G. Strauss known as picture car coordinator
  • Larry Szymanowski known as on-set scenic artist
  • Shauna Williams known as art assistant
  • Chris Hunter known as storyboard artist (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Tyler Perry Company, The

Other Companies:

  • Liquid Soul Media  marketing and promotion
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • ExtraOrdinary Casting  extras casting
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  digital intermediate
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  opticals
  • Tomkats Catering  catering
  • Urban Marketing Corporation of America (UMCA)  field publicity
  • yU+Co.  titles


  • Lionsgate (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) (2009) (USA) (TV)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates (opticals)
  • XY & Z Visual Effects (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Jamie Baxter known as visual effects
  • Trinh Baxter known as digital artist
  • Chris Ervin known as digital effects artist
  • John Kearns known as digital restoration
  • Roger Mocenigo known as digital compositor: XY&Z
  • Erin L. Nelson known as digital restoration
  • Brad Sutton known as digital restoration
  • Wilson Tang known as digital restoration
  • Mike Uguccioni known as visual effects supervisor

Release Date:

  • USA 21 March 2008

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for drug content, language including sexual references, thematic elements and brief violence



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Kristine ( from Chicago, Illinois
    30 Mar 2012, 7:30 pm

    My theater that I work at got Meet the Browns, I have never ever seen aTyler Perry movie, so this would be my first. But I didn't see itopening weekend and it took me a while to decide to see the movie,because of one thing, the rating on IMDb. Usually most of the ratingson the movies are pretty accurate. But when I finally decided to justgo ahead and watch the movie, I have to say that I am very muchdisgusted with the rating here. I just don't understand why people arebeing so harsh with this movie, I felt like it was just a decent anduplifting film. I agree the stereotypes are bit much, but I've seen ohso much worse. Angela Bassett, who must of made a deal with the devilto look that good at 50, pulls in a great and heart felt performance asa mom who is just trying to do right by her kids despite the hard timesshe's facing.

    Brenda is a single mom in Chicago who is just struggling like crazy totake care of her three kids, trying to do the right thing, she loosesher job, her electricity has been shut off, she's being judged byeveryone, and the dad of her son just refuses to pay any child supportwhat so ever. But when she finds out that her dad(who she never met)died, she and the kids go down to Georgia for the funeral, and shefinds out that he gave her a house, which her family and a handsomefamily friend pull together to put her dreams back into place and togive her star basketball son a great future.

    Meet the Browns is just generally a good film, there are things thatare a little off key, but it's all good. This film made me laugh, itmade me cry, and it made me remember how lucky I am to have family andfriends who love me and how I love them as well. The ending is justsuch a relief and makes you think about the good things in life thatmake it worth living. I would recommend Meet the Browns, it's a funfilm that I'm sure will make you feel good, please ignore the harshrating, this is a totally misjudged film.


  2. EroticScreenwriter from Northwest Indiana, United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:30 pm

    I was never "big" Tyler Perry fan, but at the same time, I've neverbeen a "Tyler Perry Hater" either. I always give his films the benefitof the doubt, and I really enjoyed "Why Did I Get Married?" This moviethough, "Meet The Browns," could have been an ABC Television NetworkAfter School Special. Everything about the storyline was cliché',formulaic, and predictable. The characters were CARICATURES of realpeople.

    I laughed here and there in this movie, but overall, I was vastlydisappointed in this effort. It's like Mr. Perry just "threw this movietogether" without much thought.

  3. DunnDeeDaGreat from Woodbridge, VA
    30 Mar 2012, 7:30 pm

    After seeing last year's excellent Daddy's Little Girls and Why Did IGet Married I thought Tyler Perry had finally come into his own as afilm maker. Granted Mr. Perry doesn't have the visual flair of SpikeLee,John Singleton or the underrated Ernest Dickerson but what he doeshave is heart. Sadly even an A-list actress couldn't save Meet TheBrowns from being a trite affair that may hugely disappoint Perry'sfans. For starters Mr. Perry needs to fire the editor of this film.Maysie Hoy who edited Perry's two previous films comes of as a firsttimer here which is ironic because she's been doing movies since 1992and has worked with talented directors such as Robert Altman (ThePlayer)and Theodore Witcher (Love Jones). I counted at least threescenes which didn't transition well at all and did nothing to progressthe story. As for the script it seems as Perry wrote this script on awhim; and the film was just made to cash in on his success because itlacks the heart of Daddy's Little Girls and Why Did I Get Married. Asfor the acting Margaret Avery who was excellent in The Color Purple &the recent Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins gives a paper thin performanceas does Lamman Rucker who was excellent in Why Did I Get Married. Asfor Angela Bassest she's good as always and plays the mother role verywell, I'm anxious to see what she bring Notorious next year. I wouldsay two of the strongest performances in the film come from Lance Grossas Angela and much to my surprise Rick Fox as her would be suitor. Thebig question though is how well does David Mann's Leroy Brown translateto film ? In my opinion not as well as Madea and some of his jokesseemed forced and unneeded. As for the big screen return of Madea it'sunwelcome at best and she hasn't been missed. Tyler Perry has thepotential to be one of the strongest black filmmaker in Hollywood, heknows a good story, has a knack for finding talent hence Lammon Ruckerand Lance Goss who will both go on to do great things. But with hislatest Perry sticks to a formula that he successfully broke out withtwo back to back winning film released last year. Here's hoping hisnext film The Family That Preys gets him back on track.

  4. onlyonesimone from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:30 pm

    I was SO upset when I saw this movie because it's like Tyler took threeof his plays (Meet the Browns, What's Done in the Dark, and Madea Goesto Jail) and used the SAME LINES in most cases. It's like you knewwhere the story was gonna go in the first 15 minutes of the film.Angela Bassett wore the same 4.5" shoes throughout the whole moviebecause Rick Fox is so tall and she is only 5'4". I thought it was abad casting choice to cast two people with such a HUGE heightdifference opposite each other. I think Tyler is fresh out of creativeideas because he has used ideas from all his plays in the three moviesthat he has done. So, I can't see his next movie being great. I am notknocking the black cinema hustle, because I am black, but he could havedone better to represent black America and made more of an effort. Iwill say that David Mann certainly brought on the FUNNY (as he alwaysdoes in the play), but the outtakes were so much funnier than the movieto me. So, stick around after it ends.

  5. newell94 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:30 pm

    This movie does not deserve the rating it has. Any more I can't go bythe ratings here on IMDb because I must have a different taste inmovies than everyone else. The acting in this was a toss up. Some ofthe actors/actresses were , imo, not very good. Angela Basset wasterrific as well as Rick Fox. The Leroy Brown character was funny atfirst and then he just got annoying. Same goes for Vera. The story linewas very good and very touching. I'm sure there is a lot of singleparents, not just mothers, out there that have felt or do feel the sameas Brenda does. I don't want to go in to the movie that much because Idon't want to spoil it, but Brenda is a single mother that isstruggling with money and finds out that her father that she never knewhad died. She takes her kids to GA for the funeral and meets family shenever knew she had. In the will he leaves a house for her that needssome TLC. Since she doesn't Have the money her new Family helps restoreit without her knowing. Some of the previews may be misleading. It isnot completely about basketball although it has some in it. It is avery touching story and I recommend it ton anyone. But like i said.Everyone has their own opinions on movies.

  6. RubyJuly1958 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:30 pm

    Pity my poor friend who spent all day telling me how hil-lar-ious TylerPerry movies are, tsk-tsking all day that I had not ever seen one ofhis movies. Chuckling about how funny this was going to be and how iwas going to run right out and rent all the others. Sadly, she spentthe whole rest of the evening over coffee and cannoli reflecting on howgreat Tyler Perry's OTHER movies were. I forgive her – we're friends.

    This movie was OK – it had its funny moments and good Lord don't we ALLhave those family members? I don't care if you're black, Italian,Jewish or white-bread American – we've ALL got that same cast ofcharacters sitting around our family table.

    And OK, i understand that unless i saw the other movies i would nothave a clue who Madea is or why she's being chased by the police. Butthat's OK – i can let an inside joke slide, especially considering thehuge hoot and roar that accompanied her appearance.

    Overall, i understand that this was not Tyler Perry's finest hour. Buti sense that he has a LOT to say about families, standing proud,sticking with convictions when the rest of the world says "settle forless" and working hard to overcome circumstances. I will go out andrent his other movies, just to get a more fair picture of thisfilmmaker.

  7. leighabc123 from Portsmouth, Virginia
    30 Mar 2012, 7:30 pm

    This movie should be #58 on the top 100 list! You cannot give any moviewith great actresses like Jenifer Lewis and Angela Bassett a badrating. Irma P hall once again plays the grandmother type characterwith all the wisdom. What was the point of putting that Latina'scharacter in this movie. Madea has a walk on role. It would have beenbetter if they would have gave Madea more lines in this movie. It wasmore than a coincidence that Rick Fox's character happened to live inGeorgia and visiting Chicago. This movie does what very few movies do.It mixes comedy with serious tones. The Brown family was crazythroughout the movie. We also have a single mother trying to raisethree children whose job just got terminated and lights got cut off.Then she inherits a run down house in Georgia. Then the lady's son getsshot. Then he gets well and becomes a professional basketball player.Then she ends up getting married. And they live happily ever after. Theson's father who never wanted to be in his life shows up after hebecomes a professional basketball player.

  8. Audreyfan-no1 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:30 pm

    I am a huge fan of Tyler Perry, most of all as he is a Christian! Andof course as a playwright, director and producer. If you have not seenhis plays, watch them first, if you are able to attend a liveperformance sometime, go and do that. I think a lot of people do notrealize that the plays are much different than the movies, the moviesare much more toned down than the plays. Meet the Browns on stage, theplay contains dope smoking references and some guns here and there, butit's all in jest. There is also beautiful gospel singing, and prayerand faith in God is the key that solves all the problems in the plays,and the mainstay. Madea is a gun wielding pot smoking tough big mama.And this movie is more like the plays than the others. Take it with agrain of salt, enjoy and watch the Brown plays first.

  9. kwhitfield-2 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:30 pm

    Tyler Perry is so talented. I was very disappointed with the casting ofthe movie. Frankie Faison, Margaret Avery, Jenifer Lewis and AngelaBassett are all well seasoned actors but their acting roles in thismovie was that of an amateur. Their talents were not displayed at all.I was very disappointed in their lines, role, acting just everything.David and Tamela Mann were outstanding as always. They were the glue tohold the movie together. Jenifer Lewis was the worst. She did Vera nojustice. The actress that played Vera in the play should have been castfor the movie. Actually all of the same actors should have been cast inthe movies. I expected more from the movie.

  10. jules81480 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:30 pm

    this is the worst tyler perry movie yet! let me note that i am a hugetyler perry fan — HUGE! but, this movie was stupid and the casting washorrible. sorry tyler — but, i expected more. good luck on the nextone! — i'll still support it, but i feel like i wasted my money goingto see this one..:( …my favorite movies have definitely been diary ofa mad black woman followed by family reunion. why did i get married wasdecent, but, angela bassett could not carry this movie on her own. italso didn't help that the screenplay was not very good. i didn't seethis play, so, i can't say that after seeing this movie i would want toeven see it.

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