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Big Momma's House

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Funny Martin Lawrence in drag with potty jokes.
  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 99 minutes

What parents need to know

Violence

Characters in peril, guns and shooting

Sex

Many comic sexual references and situations, brief nudity

Language

Some strong language

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some social drinking

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie contains a lot of sexual humor and potty jokes. There is brief nudity, including the real Big Momma's backside. Violence includes a menacing bad guy, characters in peril, fighting, and gunplay.

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 housedress and is there to greet Sherry and her son Trent with open arms.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The film premise is promising, but instead of a script, we get a series of situations, strung together in a lackluster story that under-uses 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 un-grandmotherly feelings for Sherry. Inconsistencies of plot and character keep the audience from connecting to the material.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Sherry's mistake and how she handled it, stereotypes of the elderly, how we decide whom to trust, and the way that families support each other through bad times.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 2, 2000
DVD release date:March 6, 2001
Cast:Ella Mitchell, Martin Lawrence, Nia Long
Director:Raja Gosnell
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Comedy
Run time:99 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:gross humor, language, sexual references

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Teen, 13 years old Written by406533 March 16, 2010
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written bybeagal09 April 9, 2008

love it!

15 and up my butt. saw this movie when i was ten. and all i could do was memorize lines from the movie and entertain adults for hours.
Kid, 12 years old June 23, 2011

bad

well its a preety bad movie with over the top sexual humor but there is a birth scene which i think was preety disturbing and did not enoy watching my little brother would be able to see this movie if it wasent for the sexual humor and the birth scene
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Too much sex

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