A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Gun violence, character shot and injured. Gun pulled and held in front of another character's head at point-blank range. Comic violence: Malcolm disguised as Big Momma tosses around an arrogant self-defense instructor.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief comic nudity: elderly female buttocks. While working undercover as Big Momma, Malcolm is in bed next to his love interest; she feels his erection against her and he tells her it's a flashlight. Sexual situations: elderly man found in Big Momma's bed waiting for her.
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Occasional profanity: "s--t," "ass," "damn," "hell," slang terms for female genitalia. FBI agent hides in a shower while Big Momma sits on the toilet defecating.
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Products & Purchases
Crisco can clearly shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking at a birthday party. Cigar smoking. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Big Momma's House is a comedy in which Martin Lawrence plays an FBI agent who goes undercover as a large grandmother. Some sexual situations include a scene in which the FBI agent disguised as "Big Momma" is in bed next to the woman he's trying to protect; the woman feels his erection and asks what she's feeling. He tells her it's a flashlight. There's some profanity, including "s--t" and a reference to female genitalia. Brief comic nudity includes Big Momma's naked rear end. Some gross-out humor involves the FBI agent hiding in a shower while Big Momma sits on the toilet defecating. The movie has some gun violence (a character gets shot and injured) and some comic violence: Big Momma throws around an arrogant self-defense instructor. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The film premise is promising, but instead of a script, we get a series of situations, strung together in a lackluster story that underuses its three talented stars. Big Momma has to deliver a baby! Big Momma kicks butt at karate and basketball! Sherry gets scared and crawls into bed with Big Momma! Oh, and by the way, Malcolm has to struggle with his feelings for Sherry because he thinks she was Lester's accomplice and besides, he starts off the movie explaining that a wife and family are just a distraction for a lawman.
Co-producer Lawrence is marvelous at times, using his eyes and body to hilarious effect, and showing a potential for tenderness and heart so enticing that we wish for more. Nia Long has sweetness, toughness, and humor, and it's always a pleasure to see talented character actor Paul Giamatti. But the script is very weak, relying heavily on bathroom humor, jokes about sexy old people, and Momma's highly ungrandmotherly feelings for Sherry. Inconsistencies of plot and character keep the audience from connecting to the material.
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