Big Momma's House

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Big Momma's House Movie Poster Image
Funny Martin Lawrence in drag with potty jokes.
  • PG-13
  • 2000
  • 99 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

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


Characters in peril, guns and shooting


Many comic sexual references and situations, brief nudity


Some strong language

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Some social drinking

What 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.

User Reviews

Adult Written byaidans1 March 30, 2016
Adult Written bycoolgirl1222 February 16, 2012

Good Movie

Love the movie really good
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


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 br... 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 housedress 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 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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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