Big Mommas: Martin Lawrence’s Sky-High BMI Equals More Malnourished Jokes

Irony supplies the sole spark of humor in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, as this moribund second sequel has the audacity to feature Martin Lawrence's fat-suit-encased FBI agent decrying the very same noxious stereotypes in which this film wallows. John Whitesell's extraordinarily witless movie operates as a checklist for cultural and racial clichés: Young black men prefer hip-hop dreams to college educations; foreigners are evil; fat people are hilarious; skinny white blondes are bitches; and girls (even artistically talented ones) secretly spend their free time staging lingerie dance parties. Amid these cruddy generalities lies a lame premise: Fed Malcolm (Lawrence) and his 17-year-old wannabe-rapper son, Trent (Brandon T. Jackson), go undercover as overweight women at an all-female Atlanta arts school in order to catch a Russian criminal (Tony Curran). Dutiful Bosom Buddies–style scenarios ensue, with Malcolm being romantically pursued by a hefty security guard (Faizon Love) and Trent attempting to woo a beautiful pianist (Jessica Lucas)—though the narrative's prime objective is milking nonexistent laughs from Lawrence's latex-swaddled sassy-mammy routine. Fatally anorexic in terms of comedy, action, and romance, Big Mommas depressingly corroborates Trent's belief that "there's no rush to greatness."

 
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Eric Jackson
Eric Jackson

Martin Lawrence really needs help. Or maybe an agent, perhaps?

Alondra0522
Alondra0522

This movie did not live up to my expatations at allllll!!! The trailers made it seem soo much more funnier than it really was. Sure it was kinda funny, but overall it was a waste of money and time

Dfgbhn
Dfgbhn

This is one of those movies when you can just look at the trailer and tell it's gonna be bad.

 

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