BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE 2
Release Date: January 27, 2006
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 99 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: John Whitesell
Writer: Don Rhymer
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Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence) is an FBI agent who goes undercover as a feisty but kindhearted grandma. Posing as Big Momma while clad in a full-body fat suit, wig and button-up dress, Malcolm takes the housekeeping nanny job at the home of a suspected criminal, hoping to bring to justice his ex-partner’s murderer. Through a series of misadventures, Malcolm investigates the suspect while unexpectedly bonding with his attention-deprived children, offering advice, discipline, and a little tender loving care.
Saturated with silliness that appeals to the seventh grade child smirking within each of us, BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE 2 is clearly Martin Lawrence’s show. Lawrence borrows liberally from the Eddie Murphy NUTTY PROFESSOR cannon, though it would be a stretch to suggest he matches Murphy’s talent. Lawrence earns his pay, however, by provoking laughter, and he succeeds in delivering Big Momma’s jokes more often than he stumbles.
The movie’s story, of course, is ridiculous, and it’s not always easy to discern how (or if) the plot is actually developing, but people don’t go to see BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE 2 for comic originality or a believable plot. After all, why let such details get in the way of some good laughs?
Big Momma makes several references to church and prayer meetings, and is quick to offer old-time-religion adages like, “laughter is God’s hand on a troubled world.” Although his mission is supposed to focus on catching criminals, Malcolm’s concerns gravitate to the well-being of the neglected children at the Fuller’s house. He prepares Carrie (Chloe Moretz) and her classmates for her school’s dance competition and advises teen-angst ridden Molly (Kat Dennings) to stay away from older boys with dubious intentions. Eventually, he confronts Mr. and Mrs. Fuller about their lack of familial involvement.
At 99 minutes, BIG MOMMA begins to wear out its welcome during the last stretch. An extended scene with Big Momma at a spa with Victoria’s Secret models is unnecessary. Not only is this scene one of the least funny parts of the movie, but it also disqualifies it (along with the movie’s foul language) from being a family-friendly movie for all ages. There’s also an annoying, smart-mouthed “boy genius” character helping out the FBI who makes a number of disrespectful remarks to his elders. Ultimately, however, BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE 2 delivers a number of laughs as well as a positive portrayal of family.
Saturated with silliness that appeals to the seventh grade child within each of us, BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE 2 is clearly the Martin Lawrence show. Lawrence borrows liberally from the Eddie Murphy NUTTY PROFESSOR cannon, and earns his pay by provoking laughter, succeeding in adequately delivering Big Momma’s jokes more often than he stumbles. Big Momma makes several references to church and prayer meetings, and is quick to offer old-time-religion adages like, “laughter is God’s hand on a troubled world.” Regrettably, an extended scene with Big Momma at a spa with Victoria’s Secret models is unnecessary, and, combined with its foul language disqualifies it from being a family-friendly movie.