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.

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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)

..{tab=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)

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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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