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Big Momma's House (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  2 June 2000 (USA)
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To protect a woman (Nia Long) and her son (Jascha Washington) from a robber (Terrence Howard), a male FBI agent (Martin Lawrence) disguises as a large grandmother.



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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 Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for crude humor including sexual innuendo, and for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 June 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi abuela es un peligro  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,661,041 (USA) (2 June 2000)


ESP 869,859,468 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Screenwriter Darryl Quarles came up with the idea for the name "Big Momma" because it was what the neighborhood kids used to call his own real life mother. See more »


The microphone that (the real) Big Momma uses at the end of the movie switches back and forth between her right and left hands between shots. See more »


[upon seeing Sherry in her underwear]
Malcolm Turner: Oooo ma damn!
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Funnier Than I Thought It Might Be
3 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a surprisingly good comedy, despite the predictability of it and the typically-sappy Hollywood ending. Nevertheless, this film has a bunch of laugh- out-loud scenes and jokes and Martin Lawrence is a likable guy. He has the ability to make us laugh just by making goofy faces. His best were when he was trapped in the bathroom behind the shower curtain when the real "Big Momma" (Ella Mitchell) was taking a dump a few feet away! The looks of Lawrence's face during that period were hilarious!

Lawrence eventually dresses as a big fat woman and provides laughs doing so. Ever since the early days of television and Milton Berle, people have laughed at men dressing up imitating women. Pretending to be a 300-pound woman makes it even funnier.

Throw in a pretty female lead (Nia Long) and a little drama to go along with the yuks and it winds up being a decent movie.

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