A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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