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Big Momma's House (2000)

 -  Action | Comedy | Crime  -  2 June 2000 (USA)
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An FBI agent disguises himself as an old lady to protect a beautiful federal witness and her son.

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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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This FBI agent is going undercover... and he's concealing more than a weapon. See more »

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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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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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£794,754 (UK) (23 June 2000)

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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 »

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When Malcolm is wrestling with Nolan at the self-defense class, his shoes make squeaks like he is on a basketball court, but they are both on mats the entire time. See more »

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John: I used to be married, but not anymore.
Sadie: [sympathetically] Is your wife with Jesus now?
John: Actually, the guy's name was pronounced "Hey-soos." He was the gardner, and one day I caught him spreading some fertilizer around the bedroom, if you know what I mean.
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Very Lacking In The Comedy Department.
20 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Big Momma's House, Martin Lawrence plays an FBI agent who disguises himself as an old lady to protect a beautiful federal witness and her son. Big Momma's House is definitely not one of the worst movies ever made, but it is very lacking in the comedy department. In other words, it's unfunny, poorly written, and contains more groans than laughs. Granted, this isn't one of the worst movies I have ever seen, it's definitely better than some other horrid comedies, such as 3 Strikes, Who's Your Caddy?, and any of the Friedberg and Seltzer movies. Nevertheless, it's not all that funny, and contains little to almost no laughs. I have nothing against Martin Lawrence (he can be funny sometimes), but what I didn't like was that he was playing a fake woman, which was very unfunny. Unlike Dustin Hoffman (who was a very convincing woman in Tootsie), Martin Lawrence was in no way believable as a woman, not even for one single second. All in all, while it is not one of the worst of all time, it's a highly unfunny and terrible comedy that feels long even at 98 minutes.

As I said in the previous paragraph, I have nothing against Martin Lawrence, he's got talent, yet he squanders it with poor attempts at comedy such as this movie, and the two movies that follow this. Had there been a much better script, it probably would have been funny. But instead, there was too much toilet humor. A little toilet humor is funny, but too much of it is not funny at all, it's painful. Out of all of the people in this film, the only one who I actually thought was good was Paul Giamatti, who can play just about anything, he can play both comedic roles, and serious roles too. Otherwise, there was nothing else that I really enjoyed about the movie.

I'll give this film 2 stars out of ten, meaning that while it isn't at the rock bottom, it is pretty darn close. If any movie deserves to be avoided, among them is Big Momma's House, which didn't have many laughs in a field of laughs. I'm sorry if this offends anybody (as I am sure that there are people who actually do like this movie), but this movie was not funny. But hey, that's just my opinion, I'm sure that other people like this film, but that's their opinion. And hey, everyone is entitled to their opinions, just like how I am entitled to say that I did not like this movie at the least. Overall, it's not funny, I wouldn't watch it if I were you...

2/10


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