BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE

Big, Beguiling, But Not Very Becoming

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Release Date: June 02, 2000

Starring: Starring comedian Martin
Lawrence, BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE
is unique. This redemptive,
often funny story depicts an
FBI agent assigned to a case
involving a dangerous bank
robber and his girlfriend.
Plotting to get to the killer
by means of the girlfriend,
the agent must go undercover
as the girl’s relative,
known by everyone as “Big
Momma.”

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 96 minutes

Distributor: Warner Bros.

Director: Raja Gosnell

Executive Producer: Martin Lawrence, Jeffrey
Kwatinetz, Rodney Liber, &
Arnon Milchan

Producer: David T. Friendly & Michael
Green

Writer: Darryl Quarles & Don Rhymer

Address Comments To:

Barry A. Meyer, CEO
Warner Bros., Inc.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
Web Page: www.movies.warnerbros.com

Content:

(BB, C, Ro, LLL, VV, S, NN, MM) Mostly moral worldview with some Christian, redemptive & romantic elements including references to church, Jesus, fighting crime, telling the truth, & some characters that follow their emotions; 31 obscenities, 3 profanities & song says, “F-U,” plus some “gross-out” comedy; martial arts fight, boy punches man, security footage depicting man shooting people in bank robbery, mask pops out of drawer, woman throws dog, depiction of woman on toilet with grotesque noises, man hit in the crotch, man tosses older woman on mat, man disguised as woman uses self-defense moves on man & fights with other man, man points gun at other man; man smacks woman on rear, character thinks woman is having sex when she sees man putting on costume in window, male organ is thought to be a flashlight; rear & partial female nudity & woman in lingerie; smoking; and, gambling & lying.

Summary:

Starring comedian Martin Lawrence, BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE is unique. Lawrence proves his ability to act and entertain, but this movie’s off-color content, including some “gross-out” comedy, marred an otherwise redemptive, often funny story of an FBI agent going undercover as “Big Momma” to solve a case.

Review:

Easily compared to Eddie Murphy’s THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE carves its own niche despite a few similarities. Martin Lawrence (of BLUE STREAK) stars as Malcolm, an FBI agent who goes undercover as “Big Momma” to solve a case involving a bank robber named Lester (Terrence Howard of THE BEST MAN) and his girlfriend Sherry (BOILER ROOM’s Nia Long).

Sherry takes off for her “Big Momma’s” house after seeing her boyfriend, Lester, on the evening news. Knowing Lester’s involvement could put her and their son Trent (Jascha Washington of ENEMY OF THE STATE) in danger, she decides to leave for protection. Sherry tells Trent they are going on a “vacation,” but in the middle of the night, Sherry calls her “Big Momma” out of desperation.

Meanwhile, Malcolm and his partner John (Paul Giamatti of MAN ON THE MOON) are undercover across the street from Big Momma’s house. When Big Momma suddenly leaves to visit a friend at the hospital, Malcolm and John head for her house, searching for clues. While they are there, the phone rings and the answering machine picks up. The message is from Sherry, and Malcolm and John get excited about this turn in the case. However, when they hear Sherry saying that she won’t come by because Big Momma is not there, Malcolm picks up the phone and pretends to be Big Momma. He tells Sherry to come visit and hangs up, only to face a bewildered John. When John asks him what he plans to do, Malcolm says he is going undercover as Big Momma.

Working feverishly before Sherry’s arrival, Malcolm and John prepare a mask, body, wig, and more to turn Malcolm into Big Momma. The disguise works, and soon Big Momma (Malcolm) begins questioning Sherry about her life and the trouble she’s in because of Lester. As they grow closer, Big Momma also grows closer to Trent, helping him on the basketball court. One day, when Malcolm gets caught without his disguise, he tells Sherry that he is Big Momma’s handyman. Eventually, Malcolm becomes close with Sherry and is like a father to Trent. As they get to know one another, Malcolm soon realizes that Sherry is innocent and merely a tool that Lester used to accomplish his crimes. Trouble begins, however, when not only Lester shows up, but the real Big Momma returns. The chaos breaks loose, but eventually Malcolm and Sherry learn a lesson in telling the truth and discover their feelings for each other.

Despite some decent acting and a good plot, BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE was filled with some lewd content that detracts not only from these positive points, but also from the overall moral view of the movie. There were some comic, yet positive references to Jesus, however, that give the movie a preference over others in the same genre. The movie also has some redemptive elements in its story. Lawrence proves his talent in his portrayal of Big Momma, but shows a little too much “Martin Lawrence” as Malcolm. The supporting characters are relatively strong, giving the movie a broader spectrum of characters.

Containing plenty of foul language, rear female nudity and some briefly depicted violence, BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE carries a PG-13 rating with much content that many parents may find too objectionable for their teenagers and themselves. MOVIEGUIDE‚, therefore, advises extreme caution.

In Brief:

Starring comedian Martin Lawrence, BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE is unique. This redemptive, often funny story depicts an FBI agent assigned to a case involving a dangerous bank robber and his girlfriend. Plotting to get to the killer by means of the girlfriend, the agent must go undercover as the girl’s relative, known by everyone as “Big Momma.”

Despite some decent acting and a good plot, BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE was filled with some lewd content that detracts not only from these positive points, but from the overall moral view of the movie. There were some comic, yet positive references to Jesus, however, and some redemptive elements that give the movie a preference over others in the same genre. Lawrence proves his talent in his portrayal of Big Momma, but shows a little too much “Martin Lawrence” as Malcolm. The supporting characters are relatively strong, giving the movie a broader spectrum of characters. Containing plenty of foul language, rear female nudity and some briefly depicted violence, BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE carries a PG-13 rating but has much content, including some “gross-out” comedy, that many parents may find too objectionable for their teenagers and themselves. MOVIEGUIDE‚, therefore, advises extreme caution