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Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son

Released

Latest Home Video

Jun 14, 2011

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

108

Director

John Whitesell

Cast

Martin Lawrence

Brandon T. Jackson

Studio

2011 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

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Still shot from the movie: Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son.

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Overall B-
ViolenceC
SexB
LanguageB-
Drugs/AlcoholA
Run Time108

Making the Grades

Eddie Murphy, Tyler Perry and Martin Lawrence have all taken their turn donning the fat suit to play hefty black matriarchs in movies like Norbit, Madea’s Family Reunion and Big Momma’s House. Now Martin Lawrence is packing it on once again and going undercover as Big Momma at an all-girls performing arts school to look for hidden evidence that will convict a dangerous Russian criminal (Tony Curran).

But he’s not doing it alone.

After his stepson Trent (Brandon T. Jackson) accidentally witnesses a mafia-style murder, FBI agent Malcolm Turner is forced to hide the boy at the school with him. While Malcolm assumes the persona of Big Momma, the new housemother, Trent has to pretend to be the large woman’s niece Charmaine.

However, putting a 17-year-old boy (played by a 27-year-old actor) in a female dorm is more dangerous than leaving him out to face the thugs (Henri Lubatti, Lorenzo Pisoni) who want him dead. While Malcolm hunts for the location of the loaded flash drive and wards off advances from the school’s handyman (Faizon Love), Trent tries—often unsuccessfully—to control his male impulses, especially when he is invited to attend a girls’ pajama party.

The result is plenty of sexually charged dialogue and innuendo along with some crude anatomical slang terms. Yet, despite the circumstances, the sexual element is smaller than it could be, even when Big Momma is talked into posing in the nude for an art class.

Unfortunately, this script is often as cumbersome as the characters’ prosthetic chests, with gapping plot holes, useless scenes and illogical scenarios all contributing. (I’m sure the first rule of FBI surveillance is to turn the lights off so the criminals aren’t watching you watch them.)

Still the filmmakers manage to pull off the story with less parental concerns than previous Big Momma movies. And while sharing a dorm room may not be the ideal way to get a little dad and teen bonding time, it seems that both Malcolm and Trent learn a thing or two about the other that contributes to a better footing for this stepfather and son relationship.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son.

How might a movie’s intended audience influence the choice of criminals an author includes in a story?

What body image concerns are raised in this film? What sacrifices do dancers and other performers (as well as regular women) make for the sake of their art or society’s idea of beauty?

What advice does Big Momma give the girls when it comes to relationships with boys? Why does she say it is better to be alone than with someone who isn’t good for you? What does Trent think of the Cosmopolitan article about catching a man? Do you think many men would share his opinion?

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Violence.
AB PG
MB PG
ON PG Language May Offend.
QC G
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son...

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son releases to DVD and Blu-ray on June 14, 2011.

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son- Motherload Edition Combo Pack (3-disc) includes:

Disc 1 (high-definition Blu-ray)

- Extended cut of the movie.

- Theatrical version of movie.

- Commentary

- Gag Reel

- Deleted Scenes

- Big Momma’s: Bigger Busts Countdown

- Featurette: Making the Music

- Music Video: Baby You Know and Lyrical Miracle

Disc 2:

- DVD of theatrical and extended version of the movie.

Disc 3:

- Digital Copy

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son- Motherload Edition (DVD) offers:

- Theatrical version and extended version of the movie on DVD.

- Commentary

- Gag Reel

- Deleted Scenes

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