What You Need To Know:
As a broad comedy, BIG MOMMAS has some funny, suspenseful moments, but it could be a lot better. It does have some moral elements. For example, the movie extols personal responsibility, strong bonds between fathers and sons, and bringing criminals to justice. MOVIEGUIDE® advises a Minus One caution regarding BIG MOMMAS, however. It has plenty of relatively light foul language, and there are some sexual innuendoes.
(BB, C, Pa, PP, Ho, LLL, V, S, A, M) Strong moral worldview overall with one positive reference to Jesus and one more borderline reference, marred by plenty of relatively light foul language in a comical context and some light sexual/romantic interest in pretty girls and their charms, including movie extols personal responsibility, making stronger father-son relationships, stopping and catching criminals, protecting innocent civilians from said criminals, justice, and working for the American FBI seen in a positive light, but in a comical context, with cross-dressing; 28 obscenities, one light profanity, one character says “Sweet Jesus,” and another character says, “Thank you, Jesus”; some light comic and action violence such as man shot to death off screen, chases, gangsters shoot at FBI agent and his son, gangsters chase people, gangsters point guns and threaten to kill more people, man takes pratfall into an empty tub, teenage girl slaps teenage boy, man in fat suit falls on table and breaks it, ballet exercise calls for fat girl to sit on back of another girl while she’s doing a stretching exercise; some comical sexual innuendo and lewd comments; no nudity but woman in bra, female cleavage and man with a fat woman suit poses naked under a sheet for an art class; alcohol use; no smoking or drug use but high school senior dressed as a girl lies about an ex-boyfriend arrested for dealing; and, lying, stealing, gangsters.
BIG MOMMAS: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON is a serviceable comedy, with some strong moral elements, but there’s plenty of mostly light foul language, and the teenage son in the title is obsessed with the pretty girls in the storyline. Therefore, caution is recommended. Things turn out fairly good in the end, however.
The movie stars Martin Lawrence in his third go-round as FBI agent Malcolm Turner hiding undercover in his Big Momma costume. This time, he’s hiding to protect his stepson, Trent, who saw a Russian gangster Malcolm’s been chasing kill Malcolm’s informant. Now, Malcolm has to hide as Big Momma and his son has to hide as Big Momma’s niece, Charmaine, at a teenage girls’ art school in Atlanta. While Big Momma searches for a hidden flash drive in the school holding all the gangster’s secrets, Trent must keep a low profile. That’s easier said than done when Trent, a high school senior and wannabe rap artist, becomes attracted to one of the girls, a senior named Haley.
As a broad comedy, BIG MOMMAS has some funny, suspenseful moments, but it could be a lot better. As noted above, there are some moral elements. For instance, Malcolm wants his stepson, Trent, who’s been accepted to Duke University, to go to college, but Trent wants to go right into the rap music profession. The movie resolves this conflict in a positive way in Malcolm’s favor, but also meeting Trent’s desires in a positive way. As a result, Malcolm and Trent establish a closer relationship as father and son. At the same time, they stop the Russian gangster from doing any more mayhem.
MOVIEGUIDE® advises a Minus One caution regarding BIG MOMMAS, however. It has plenty of relatively light foul language, and there are some sexual innuendoes.