Big Momma's House 2

  • Review Date: May 8, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 99 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Crude sequel lacks the original's scant appeal.
  • Review Date: May 8, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 99 minutes

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What parents need to know

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

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.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

Theatrical release date:January 27, 2006
DVD release date:May 9, 2006
Cast:Emily Procter, Martin Lawrence, Nia Long
Director:John Whitesell
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Comedy
Run time:99 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some sexual humor and a humorous drug reference

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Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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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 were thinking with the cheerleaders who went from no ability to dance one week to way-too-sexy children the next. NOT COOL! Not a movie I will see again nor recommend to others.
Parent of a 13 year old Written byohya August 22, 2010
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11
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super-funny

as good as the first
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old May 24, 2010
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This is a great, entertaining, and funny movie . Its about this FBI agent, who dresses up as a nanny , and you see what he does an stuff , with funny use of language, but sometimes its rude aswell . But not too bad, a 10 year old and up would handle this movie, but probably they would feel like they couldnt watch the scene when Big Momma goes to the changing room, and in that (cause everyone thinks hes a she), some woman get half naked, and theres a close up on a womans breasts ! But other than that not that bad , and i only said that the language is a concern, because its not about him actually swearing" , some of the contexts of what he's saying, for example , "Its alright if you wanna be a nudist , do your nudie thang, im sure mrs fuller, is not intimidated, by a set of Perky D's , hmm, D's? " : Stuff like that, but younger kids wouldn't understand what it even means, but adults probably would, and they wouldn't want them listening to that. But it's all in a comical way, (to make you laugh) , so sit down buy it, and enjoy !
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great role models

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