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Big Momma's House
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by Hawkboy

"It's Mrs. Doubtfire, but with shooting and sassiness!"
3 stars

It's possible to determine whether or not you're going to enjoy this movie just by looking at the trailer. Although in recent times, trailers have been able to disguise whether a movie is terrible by cramming all the good moments into 30 seconds (which is possible, especially in the case of any Freddie Prinze Jr. movie), this movie's trailer is perfectly representative of what you're going to get in "Big Momma's House". If you laughed at the trailer, you'll laugh at the movie.

I usually make it a point to avoid Martin Lawrence movies. Ever since "Thin Line Between Love and Hate", I have treated his cinematic oeuvre like the drunken relative who keeps showing up at our house late at night. I duck behind the sofa and pretend nobody's home. I make excuses so I don't have to see his movies. Excuses such as, "I forgot where the theatre was" or "I forgot that I was supposed to watch TV tonight". But something about Martin Lawrence playing a big fat black woman was just too good to pass up. Not to make any gender or racial stereotypes, but Big Fat Black Women = Comic Gold.

The plot is simple: Malcolm (our man Martin) is an FBI agent who PLAYS BY HIS OWN RULES. He's unconventional, he's crazy, he makes his partner all flustered and whiny. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, he's Axel Foley. To catch an escaped criminal, he must go undercover as...."Big Momma". Big Momma's out of town, so Malcolm moves into her house, disguises himself as her (of COURSE he's a master of disguise. What are you? Stupid?) and sets up camp to get information about escaped criminal's ex-girlfriend (Nia Long). Along the way, Malcolm falls in love with ex-girlfriend. Oh, such an unforseen complication. Various wacky events involving flashlights and duct tape ensue.

Martin is genuinely likeable in this movie, both as Big Momma and as Malcolm. Paul Giamatti, as Malcolm's oft-flustered partner, really doesn't have that much to do, but he does it. The various cast members all fare well, but it's Martin's show, and he does a good enough job.

This is the essence of lightweight entertainment. It contains absolutely no logic, it has nothing relevant to say about ANYTHING, and it's got a good share of laughs, both from simple fart jokes and from character-driven humor. Again, if the trailer made you laugh, you'll enjoy this movie. It manages to take those funny moments that you liked in the trailer and stretch them out, but not to the point where they're beating a dead horse. See it on a cheap Tuesday, or on a weekend matinee, and it'll successfully kill a couple of hours that you won't mind giving up.

I still think "Thin Line Between Love and Hate" is the worst movie EVER, though. But I think I'll rent "Blue Streak" just to see if "Line" was a rookie mistake.

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User Comments

9/21/17 morris campbell cute & harmless 3 stars
9/21/08 Shaun Wallner Funny Movie! 5 stars
1/24/08 LA Top film! So funny! 5 stars
4/13/07 emy the movie got a great bang, hilarious worth spending spare time on 4 stars
12/26/06 Charles Tatum Truly a heartbreaking horrible film watching experience 1 stars
8/04/06 Stanley Thai A good sweet funny harmless film. 3 stars
1/02/06 Wiseman It was alright, I could watch it whenever im bored 4 stars
7/21/05 tony This moivie drives me nuts! But it was still funny 2 stars
8/28/03 Double G a bit lower than average 2 stars
6/30/03 Monster W. Kung Beyond pathetic. If Martin Lawrence's not one of the worst comedians, don't know who is. 1 stars
6/24/03 Big Momma's Underwear This movie kicks arse! But man, Big Momma's arse is some freaky shit! 5 stars
1/01/03 dtdhhhd fhfjjfkjkdsko 3 stars
7/29/02 Croweater Everything about this film blows chunks, Martin Lawrence is god awful. Die Martin Die! 1 stars
7/03/02 Film Dude One of the worst movies I've ever seen. 1 stars
5/27/02 hilary worth a look- kinda discusting but worth a look 4 stars
5/22/02 Kyle What fucking "Happy Days" part are you talking about?Andrew if I ever meet you, u will die. 1 stars
10/31/01 Andrew Carden The "Happy Days" Scene Was So Funny That I Wet My Pants!!! 5 stars
9/05/01 Butterbean More corny than funny. I would only rent it to watch Terrence H. looking hot. 3 stars
8/06/01 Joe Zappa Martin Lawrence is a spoiled cry-baby. Read the article in Entertainment Weekly for details 2 stars
3/08/01 Jake And the trailer looked so good..LOL 1 stars
2/05/01 Classicdog Some funny parts, but not enough. 3 stars
2/01/01 Bob Barker Martin Lawrence is an idiot in pantyhose, but a funny idiot 1 stars
10/15/00 Dan Martin Lawrence is on my Hollywood Hate List now. Fucking terrible. I cried with pain. 1 stars
9/29/00 Viking Come back Mrs. Doubtfire. All is forgiven !!! 3 stars
9/13/00 Jenna koch THIS MOVIE IS TOATAL CRAP!!! 1 stars
9/13/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble Martin Lawrence is the new Step N Fetchit. 1 stars
8/11/00 Klute. Did they even try? 1 stars
8/02/00 k.j.tomko total, tasteless crap 1 stars
6/30/00 Anon E. Muss OK 3 stars
6/19/00 kim boyd I laugh out loud many times. More non-blacks than blacks in the movie. Everyone laughing. 5 stars
6/18/00 cinesuerte see big momma nekkid 3 stars
6/13/00 PJ save for some funny moments, the movie was a piece of shit! uninspired, and moronic 2 stars
6/11/00 FilmStar This was retarded 2 stars
6/08/00 Clarance If you are looking to lighten up your day!! dang this is the movie for you!!! HILARIOUS!! 4 stars
6/07/00 Alma Marquez Blak guys are verry funny ( I`m not racist) pretty good 4 stars
6/04/00 Mhack Whack Diggity Dog So horribly excruciating. Just as awful as Nutty Professor & Mrs. Doubtfire 1 stars
6/02/00 toneely This movie is Silly. I did laugh a lot.It was really fun to watch 4 stars
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