Big Momma's House

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Big Momma's House Movie Poster Image
Martin Lawrence comedy with sex, violence, and nudity.
  • PG-13
  • 2000
  • 99 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 14 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No positive messages. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models. 


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. 


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. 


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.


Crisco can clearly shown. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some social drinking at a birthday party. Cigar smoking. Cigarette smoking. 

What 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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byMovieman456 March 7, 2020
So funny
Adult Written byDevesh G. July 17, 2019
Kid, 10 years old June 30, 2018

If you're bored, watch it!

Big momma's house is a masterpiece beyond words, with epic sweeps of acting and script. Did you actually think I said that? It was awful. There is some vio... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old December 6, 2014

Seems bad, but it's fine!

I liked it a lot, but it's kind of insulting to fa-... "large" people. A one of the characters gets shot in the shoulder, but he still survives,... Continue reading

What's the story?

In BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE, FBI agents Malcolm (Martin Lawrence) and John (Paul Giamatti) are trying to track down escaped prisoner Lester (Terrence Howard). They set up a stakeout across the street from the home of Big Momma, the grandmother of Lester's former girlfriend Sherry (Nia Long). Sherry arrives just as Big Momma leaves town, so Malcolm, a master of disguise, puts on a fat suit and a flowered house dress and is there to greet Sherry and her son, Trent, with open arms.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about stories centered on characters dressed in disguise. Stories like these are as old as Shakespeare. How does this movie mine comedy out of having a male FBI agent in disguise as the grandmother of an attractive woman? 

  • How did the movie use exaggeration for humorous effect? Was the exaggeration ever too much? 

  • How did the movie use sexual situations and slapstick violence for the sake of comedy? 

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