is breaking from his highly successfully formula this weekend by starring in a film that he did not direct, and is not a comedy. It's also not any good, according to critics.
has been panned by pretty much every outlet from the Village Voice to the Associated Press. The
Los Angeles Times
even compares the dialogue to "an 'SNL' skit gone south." Ouch.
In light of the dismal box office outlook, Perry is taking it upon himself to get behinds in theater seats. He took to his
to ask fans not only to go see the movie and tell friends they like it, but also to double check their ticket stubs to ensure he's getting the credit.
"You know that the opening weekend is how you're judged in Hollywood," Perry writes. "There are a lot of people who think I can't do this. There are also a lot of people who think you won't show up because I'm not playing Madea."
So, basically this is the public's chance to put an end to the Madea movies. Do you hear that, America? The gauntlet has been thrown.