FBI agent Malcolm Turner is known best for being a brilliant, master of disguise. Malcolm's latest assignment sends him to small-town Georgia, where he's assigned to trap a brutal bank robber (and a recent prison escapee) who they suspect will be coming down to visit his ex-girlfriend Sherry and her son. Malcolm sets up a stakeout across from the home of a larger-than-life southern matriarch known as Big Momma, who's about to be visited by Sherry. It's a simple plan, but there's one big problem: Unbeknownst to Sherry, Big Momma has unexpectedly left town. So Malcolm, decides to impersonate the cantankerous Southern granny. Using a few tricks of disguise, he completely transforms himself into Big Momma, even taking on the corpulent septuagenarian's everyday routine-from cooking soul food to delivering babies to "testifying" at the local church. In the mean time, Malcolm starts falling for Sherry, who may or may not be hiding some stolen cash. Now, Malcolm/Big Momma must somehow find a ... Written by
For any physically active scenes, Martin Lawrence's fat suit had built-in cooling tubes to help the actor. Lawrence had actually fallen into a coma whilst preparing for the film by jogging in extreme heat in a fat suit. See more »
The position of Malcolm's necklace while he is talking to Sherry about going on the fishing trip alternates from shot to shot. See more »
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Ooh Big Momma
Written by Lil Jon (as Jonathan Smith), Sammie Norris and Maurice Cenac
Performed by Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz (as Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz)
Produced by Lil Jon (as Jonathan 'Lil Jon' Smith) for BME Enterprises
Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz appear courtesy of BME Recordings, Under license from BME Recordings
Featuring samples from the Newcleus recording "Computer Age (Push the Button)"
Produced Under license from Rhino Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products and EMI Records UK Ltd. See more »
Martin Lawrence is often trusty in the world of comedy. Maybe I'm just overcoming his awful "Blue Streak," but I felt this comedy--though saggy at times--was quite funny. The premise is undoubtedly implausible. How's a whole neighborhood going to believe that this undercover cop with a latex body that looks somewhat like Big Momma is actually Big Momma? There's a lot of disbelief to suspend. But the gags often worked and I can say I laughed about 75 percent of the time. Some are predictable, like when Big Momma takes a karate class and starts beating the teacher--played by Anthony Anderson--to a pulp, but they still work due to the way they're handled. And Lawrence turns in yet another fine comic performance, with a script that could've used a rewrite but was nowhere near as bad as the crackerjack script he had to work with in "Blue Streak." The talented comic helps keep the movie togehter, with a little assistance from the supporting cast. Paul Giamatti, who was great as Pig Vomit in the acclaimed "Private Parts," is funny as Lawrence's partner. We also have "Me Myself and Irene's" Anthony Anderson and Cedric the Entertainer.
The plot is chaotic, sometimes predictable, and becomes more and more implausible by the minute but the comedy works and because of that we're able to excuse the script's shortcomings. "Big Momma" doesn't deliver the biggest laughs, but it's good, fun entertainment on a lonely weekday afternoon.
My score: 7 (out of 10)
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