After witnessing a murder, FBI agent Malcolm Turner (Lawrence) and his stepson (Brandon T. Jackson) go deep undercover at an all-girl performing arts school. Now Malcolm must catch the bad guys while fending off the amorous advances of the school's goofball janitor, who's about to find out that Big Momma is more than he can handle!
Big Momma (Martin Lawrence) is back for the third time and his stepson Trent (Brandon T. Jackson of ‘Tropic Thunder’) is tagging along – also in drag!
Undercover FBI Agent and Trent find themselves pretending to be feisty black women in an Atlanta all-girls school to hide from the criminals who want Trent dead. See, Trent has just witnessed a murder and a flash drive has all the incriminating evidence. While they hide in plain sight (as women, anyway), Big Momma and Trent must accustom themselves to the world of a female private school – and from doing girly activities we mine ‘Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son’ for laughs.
Martin Lawrence reprises one his character Big Momma yet again and he’s not even trying. You get a sense that he’s lost a lot of steam since then, not just because it’s an old comedy act but Lawrence is literally older than the first one. Brandon T. Jackson who acts as his stepson/niece is supposed to be 17 years old but he looks just like a full-grown 26-year-old and all man. To say that Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son’s plot is a stretch would be the understatement of the year.
The other men-in-drag comedies have been quite successful at piquing interest and even become box-office hits. Robin Williams is hilarious as ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’. Tyler Perry’s ‘Madea’ movies have spun off many titles. Shawn and Marlon Wayans one-upped everyone by donning fashionably pink clothes and in controversial white-face in ‘White Chicks’. Mrs. Doubtfire, Madea, and the White Chicks brought something new to the comedy table – Big Momma movies have not.
Okay, maybe Big Momma herself. Martin Lawrence can do better. You can put Big Momma in a variety of situations; just don’t be lazy relying on Big Momma’s wig and latex suit to carry an entire movie. Too bad; Lawrence and Brandon T. Jackson are capable actors who could legitimately entice laughs from its audience. Is it director John Whitesell’s fault? Did screenwriter Matthew Fogel’s script lack funny? Should Martin Lawrence retire the character of Big Momma and move on?
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Melissa Orcine - Cinema Paradiso
Parental Guidance - general viewing but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children