When a routine speeding incident turns into a full-blown highway “situation,” Madea mouths off to a cop and lands herself in jail, where she’s suddenly trapped behind bars with more motherly instinct than she knows what to do with.
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More than any Madea film I've yet to see, "Jail" suffers from a severe case of tonal whiplash, as writer/creator Tyler Perry jarringly cuts from scenes of tear-filled revelations and violent abuse to the cartoon-like Madea forklifting a racist woman's car in a Kmart parking lot. If the viewer can get over the tonal dissonance (emphasis on the 'if'), they'll be rewarded with some of the biggest laughs in the series.