Big Momma's House 2

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Crude sequel lacks the original's scant appeal.
  • PG-13
  • 2006
  • 99 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

More obnoxious than anything else, with nonstop crude humor. Women are frequently presented as sexualized objects; anti-Semitism is used as a punchline. Lots of jokes at the expense of Big Momma's size.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Few characters can be considered positive role models -- though Malcolm is ostensibly working to bring a criminal to justice, his influence on the movie's other characters is iffy at best.

Violence

Opens with shooting of unknown character; Malcolm's bird costume catches on fire; guns are used by FBI agents and criminals; description of dog's death by a woodchipper; vehicular chase scenes; fisticuffs at Bingo game; Malcolm beats up thugs.

Sex

Lots of sex-related material for a PG-13, including frequent innuendo and references to sex, cleavage/references to breasts, women in lingerie/tiny bathing suits, racy lyrics, partial nudity in spa scenes, some suggestive dancing, etc.

Language

General obnoxiousness ("we suck"), mild cursing ("hell," "damn," "bastard," "oh my God"), sexual allusions/references to body parts ("booty," "put a bug up your ass," "fun bags"; "naked pictures of Billy Dee"), Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back," a joke about "BM" and "VD."

Consumerism

Brillo pads; Lucky Charms cereal; Victoria's Secret models at the spa.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Reference to a roach clip and "ack-ack" (slang for marijuana or heroin-laced cigarette); Big Momma gets a depressed Chihuahua drunk with tequila (and then says "The dog's higher than a Georgia pine"); a drunk woman at a Bingo game tries to hit Big Momma.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie pushes the PG-13 envelope, most often at the expense of female bodies. Accusations and suggestions of sexism and anti-Semitism are uttered as jokes. Big Momma's influence on the girls might be considered sketchy: She says she carries a "blade in my girdle," then asks Molly to reach inside to get it; she teaches Carrie to dance provocatively for her cheerleading team's routine. As an FBI agent, Malcolm engages in violence, chasing, shooting at, and beating up culprits. Characters use profanity, drink, and allude to drugs.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

Lacking

This was lacking the freshness of the first. There was lots of laughter in the theatre, but I felt it tried way too hard...and really failed. I wonder what they... Continue reading
Parent of a 13 year old Written byohya August 22, 2010

super-funny

as good as the first
Kid, 12 years old December 14, 2010
really funny movie, it's a bit iffy like for me when their in the spa room and stuff, but who cares it's really funny
Teen, 13 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

I laughed it waz so funny

Big mammas house 2 was sooooo cool if i were you i would totaly watch it or read it or something ta ta for now I'm sighing off bye

What's the story?

In BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE 2, FBI agent Malcolm (Martin Lawrence) has promised his pregnant wife Sherry (Nia Long) that he'll take low-risk FBI assignments like playing Goldie the Safety Eagle at elementary school assemblies. But when his partner is killed, he goes undercover as Big Momma again, playing nanny to catch dad Tom Fuller (Mark Moses), who has devised a computer worm to grant terrorists access to government files. Malcolm lies to everyone along the way, including Sherry. As the nanny, Big Momma becomes an authority for this clueless white family with her stereotypical black woman's expertise with food, dancing, and sexual experience.

Is it any good?

Most of this tiresome and crude film is comprised of unrelated, ridiculous scenes. The slippage between Malcolm and Big Momma was slightly more interesting in the first film, where Lawrence played alongside Paul Giamatti, whose character helped Malcolm change costumes and worry about being caught: here the transitions are effortless, and so, apparently, stakeless.

Even more bizarrely -- though also predictably -- Malcolm instructs FBI agents Morales (Marisol Nichols), Keneally (Zachary Levi), and Constance (Sarah Joy Brown) how to conduct surveillance and detect foul play. After a while, their incompetence only makes his hijinks seem more outrageous.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Fuller family's lack of communication. How do the parents learn to be more attentive to each other and to their children after spending time with Big Momma? How does everyone learn that lying is bad?

  • Since much of the movie's humor relates to Big Momma's size, families can talk about whether or not it's appropriate to laugh at someone's appearance.

Movie details

For kids who love comedies

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