Everyone has a story about the time one of their family members did something horrifically embarrassing. Like showing baby photos to your prom date, making a scene at a restaurant, or dropping someone's car 30 feet to the ground from a forklift.
Or maybe that last one is just for the family of Madea. But they all ought to be used to it by now. After all the people she's insulted, smacked, or aimed a gun at, you'd think apologizing for her antics would come as second nature to them. And in "Madea's Big Happy Family," Tyler Perry's sixth film as the tough-talking grandmother, she doesn't look like she's getting any more respectable. From brandishing a hammer on Maury Povitch's show to driving her car into a fast food joint, Madea continues to have those moments that make her relatives hide their faces in shame.
Madea's family isn't alone, though. Here are some of the most embarrassing moments different families have had to endure in movies.
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION
Family: The Griswolds
no end to the shame that comes from spending time with Clark Griswold.
From buying the ugliest car in history to putting their deceased aunt on the luggage rack, he made a cross-country road trip with his wife and kids one
they'd tell stories about forever (to therapists, most likely). The
worst, though, had to be when he got caught in a motel swimming pool
with Christy Brinkley.
MEET THE PARENTS
Family: The Byrneses
Greg Focker wanted nothing more than to impress his future father-in-law, Jack. He failed at every turn. He quotes showtunes during grace, tells lies on top of lies, learned his fiancée had been engaged once before, and sullied the earthly remains of Jack's deceased mother. In the space of one dinner.
Family: The Goldmans
The plan was simple: Val's dad Armand and his biological mother would pretend to be together to win over his fiancée's ultra-conservative father. But when she doesn't show, Armand's partner Albert dons a wig and steps in to fill her high-heeled shoes. And the guy is actually convinced for a while, which makes you wonder if he's considered laser eye surgery.
Family: The Levensteins
Jim's dad really tried to be
sensitive and understanding to his son's problems. But his attempts to
have heart-to-heart conversations with his boy always just made those
awkward situations that much worse. And, honestly, what can you say
after walking in on your offspring getting overly familiar with baked
THE NUTTY PROFESSOR
Family: The Klumps
Sherman Klump was 35 years old before he ever brought a woman home to have dinner with his family. And it's no wonder. Between his grandmother telling stories about her sordid past (and present), his mother making wedding plans, and his father releasing more toxic gas than an oil refinery, it's clear he should wait another 35 years before bringing home someone else.
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Family: The Hoovers
On a long-distance road trip (do those ever turn out well?), the Hoover family has a series of disheartening setbacks. Uncle Frank runs into his ex. Dad Richard and son Dwayne both have their dreams shattered. And Grandpa dies (and gets stuffed in the van, naturally). So when little Olive makes a spectacle with her super-freaky beauty pageant routine, why not all rush the stage and join in?
DEATH AT A FUNERAL (2007 / 2010)
Family: Both of Them
Some secrets you take to the grave. But that doesn't mean those secrets won't show up at your grave once you're in it. As the British family in the original movie and the American one in the remake found out, your father's funeral is not the best place to learn he was living a double life. Especially when the guy your dad was involved with uses the information to blackmail you.
THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS
Family: The Tenenbaums
There's no moment more heartbreaking for a family than when a parent announces they have a terminal disease. And no moment more mortifying when he tells you he was lying to try to bring his kids together -- and keep his ex-wife from marrying someone else. It was the worst thing Royal Tenenbaum ever did to his children, and he shot one of them (true, it was with a BB gun, but that's still harsh).
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
Family: The Skywalkers
If you're trying to make a stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herder feel jealous, it's not a great idea to kiss whatever other guy just happens to be in the room with you. There's a chance he might be your long lost twin brother. Nothing more embarrassing than that.
Watch the trailer for "Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family":