Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 41, Ed. 1 Friday, February 24, 2006 Page: 42 of 100
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We rarely hear good news
aJbout the Wright Amendement.
Mostly, we hear jets.
We don't like what we're hearing around Love Field these days.
We hear Congress just exempted Missouri from the Wright
Amendment. We hear Southwest is adding eight new flights
and American is moving 14 flights to Love. But mostly, we
hear jets. Big, loud jets.
Every day, 125 of them fly just 300 feet over the rooftops.
Rattling windows, overpowering conversations, drowning
out teachers. And now, thanks to Southwest and Congress,
it's about to get worse with daily departures increasing
almost 20 percent.
More noise, more pollution and more traffic will eventually
make Love Field neighborhoods unlivable. The irony is that
we have a plan to prevent it. The Love Field Master Plan that
limits the number of gates at the airport.
Everyone agreed to the Master Plan. Cities, neighborhoods
and most importantly, Southwest. But rather than honor the
agreement, Southwest is undermining it and putting profits
ahead of promises.
We shouldn't let Southwest dismantle the Wright Amendment
and the Love Field Master Plan. They can fly anywhere in the
US from DFW Airport. And doesn't that sound like a better plan
than 125 jets overhead?
Maybe you agree. Maybe you don't. Let's hear your side. We'll publish
it exactly the way you write it (just follow a few common-sense rules).
We may hear jets, but we also hear you at www.dallasblog.com.
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Dysfunctional 'Family Reunion
Bigger budget, directorial control couldn't salvage Tyler Perry's sequel
By Steve Warren Contributing Film Critic
A year ago, few white people had
heard of Tyler Perry. But he was well-
known to African-Americans. If they
hadn't seen him touring in his plays,
they had made him a multi-million-
aire by buying the videos of his stage
Then came the movie version of
"Diary of a Mad Black Woman,"
which brought Perry to a larger, mul-
tiracial audience. It was successful
enough to allow another of his plays
to get the big-screen treatment, this
time with a bigger budget and the
writer-star sitting in the director's
In "Madea's Family Reunion,"
Perry plays the same three characters:
Madea, the feisty, irascible grand-
mother; Joe, her flatulent, dirty-mind-
ed older brother; and Brian, Madea's
successful middle-class son.
Perry's directing duties seem to
have taken away from the time he
spends in Madea's fat suit. Since
she's the heart of the piece, it doesn't
matter that they spent more money on music
rights and other trappings. However you dress a
body, without a heart, it's dead.
Perhaps the novelty has worn off, but "Diary"
swung wildly between intense melodrama and
wacky comedy. "Reunion"
lacks Kimberly Elise, who
jacked up the drama. And with
less Madea, it just isn't as
The plot is pretty much the
same but with Elise's character
divided between two sisters.
Lisa (Rochelle Aytes) is the woman who's mis-
treated by her man (Blair Underwood as Carlos,
a self-described "collector of beautiful things"),
while Vanessa (Lisa Amndell Anderson) is the
woman who finally finds a good man (Boris
Kodjoe as Frankie) but isn't sure she can trust
Carlos, who beats Lisa frequently, is in league
with her mother, Victoria (Lynn Whitfield), a
Mommie Dearest if ever there was one. She's
basically selling off her daughter, having deplet-
ed her trust fund, for Carlos' money.
"Women sometimes have to deal with things
MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION
HIT IT WITH A SKILLET: Unstoppable matriarch Madea (Tyler Perry, left)
advises her niece Vanessa (Lisa Arrindell Anderson) about keeping a man.
to be comfortable," she counsels Lisa, who only
tries to escape Carlos at night, while he's home to
catch her and threaten, "I love you to death —
and I mean that."
If there weren't so many long speeches, espe-
cially the sermonettes toward the
end, there would be room for the
subplot about Nikki (Keke
Palmer), a troubled child placed
in Madea's foster care by a judge.
Madea's a strict disciplinarian
("I'm from the old school") who
doesn't spare the rod, so we get
the odd message that beating women is wrong
but beating children is funny.
There are positive messages, too, more than
in the average Sunday service. Between Cicely
Tyson's preaching and Maya Angelou's inspiring
words, Madea spits out wisdom like, "It ain't
what people call you. It's what you answer to."
Jenifer Lewis, playing a wedding planner,
goes as far over the top as in her TV movies. But
in this crowd nobody notices.
Madea is still a great creation, but her creator
— while he may have more money than God —
has to realize he can't do it all alone.
Director: Tyler Perry
Cast: Tyler Perry, Maya Angelou
Jenifer Lewis and Cicely Tyson
Opens today in wide release
2 hr., 3 min. PG-13
JUDGE LUIS DANIEL
Justice of the Peace Pet. 5, PI 1
Pol. Ad Pd. for by Luis Sepulveda, 5105 Goodman Dallas, TX 75211 214-330-7947
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