Our series taking a look at movies that inspired WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT… comes to its penultimate posting with this next pair of ‘flicks. Today we are highlighting two movies that Jackie Sibblies Drury thinks look at race in “a less awesome way in general”. Interestingly, it is these two films that inspired Actor 3’s Grandma character in the play. (In our production, Jimmy Davis gives a virtuosically crude turn in the grandmother role.) See how Jackie knitted inspiration from Messrs Perry and Lawrence into her play by watching the clips below.
MADEA GOES TO JAIL (2009)
Madea Goes to Jail is a 2006 play and the 2009 comedy-drama film adaptation written and directed by Tyler Perry, which was based on Perry’s 2006 play. The play and the film deal with Perry’s recurring character Mable “Madea” Simmons going to prison for her uncontrollable anger management problems.
BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE (2000)
In this comedy, a cop assumes a new identity in his valiant battle against crime: an elderly grandmother! Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence) is an FBI agent who is a master of disguise and will stop at nothing to get his man.