A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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.
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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.
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