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Directed by
Raja Gosnell 
Writing credits
Darryl Quarles (story)

Darryl Quarles (screenplay) and
Don Rhymer (screenplay)

Produced by
Peaches Davis .... co-producer
David T. Friendly .... producer
Michael Green .... producer
David Higgins .... co-producer
Jeff Kwatinetz .... executive producer
Martin Lawrence .... executive producer
Rodney Liber .... executive producer
Arnon Milchan .... executive producer
Aaron Ray .... co-producer
Original Music by
Richard Gibbs 
Cinematography by
Michael D. O'Shea 
Film Editing by
Kent Beyda 
Bruce Green 
Casting by
Nancy Klopper 
Production Design by
Craig Stearns 
Art Direction by
Randy Moore 
Miles Teves 
Set Decoration by
Ellen Totleben 
Costume Design by
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck 
Makeup Department
Gary Archer .... dental prosthetics
Greg Cannom .... special makeup effects
Chris Gallaher .... special makeup effects artist
Glen Hanz .... sculptor: Captive Audience Productions
John Kim .... makeup effects technician: Captive Audience Productions
Mary Kim .... makeup effects production supervisor: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Mark Nieman .... silicone prosthetic technician: Captive Audience Productions )
Nadyne Peoples .... additional makeup artist
Michael Peterson .... lab makeup effects
Beverly Jo Pryor .... key makeup artist
Joseph Regina .... key makeup artist (as Joseph Michael Regina)
Roxanne Rizzo .... makeup artist
Brian Sipe .... special makeup effects artist
Bryan Smith .... mold maker: Captive Audience Productions
Jennifer Teves .... production supervisor: Captive Audience Productions
Todd Tucker .... special makeup effects artist
Keith VanderLaan .... makeup effects producer: Captive Audience Productions
Brian Wade .... special effects makeup sculptor
Wesley Wofford .... prosthetic makeup artist
Production Management
Steven Brown .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hans Berggren .... assistant director: second unit
Albert Cho .... first assistant director: second unit
Richard Graves .... first assistant director
Susan J. Hellmann .... second assistant director
Foongy Lee .... assistant director: second unit
Rodney Liber .... second unit director
Heidi McGowen .... assistant director
Art Department
Anthony Aguilar .... propmaker
Shawn Albro .... painter
Bobby Bednar .... general foreman: construction
Wren Boney .... props buyer
Mariko Braswell .... set designer
David T. Cannon .... construction coordinator
Charisse Cardenas .... set designer
Vincent D'Aquino .... greensman
William DeBiasio .... set dresser
Bryan Duff .... assistant property master
Michael Grover Forster .... propmaker gangboss
Craig Gadsby .... leadman
Rod Garvin .... painter
Jeff Halvorsen .... set dresser
Kent Jones .... paint foreman
Al Kenders .... painter (as Al 'Painter' Kenders)
Lyle Maves .... lead plasterer foreman
Bryan McBrien .... greens foreman
Tony R. Medina .... propmaker foreman
Robert Misetich .... paint foreman
Rudy Reachi .... property master
Brett Tyler .... paint gangboss
Kathleen Walker .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
David Betancourt .... foley mixer
G.W. Brown .... sound editor
Brian Bulman .... production playback editor
Thomas Causey .... production sound mixer
Yann Delpuech .... design collage supervision
Yann Delpuech .... supervising sound editor
Kira Edmunds .... assistant sound editor
Dawn Fintor .... foley artist
Armond Ghzanian .... digital sound assistant
Halima K. Gilliam .... foley recordist
Thomas Giordano .... digital playback operator
Tim Gomillion .... sound recordist
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound editor (as Bob Grieve)
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer
Darren King .... adr supervisor
Richard Kite .... cable
Jonathan Klein .... foley editor
Paul Massey .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim McColm .... re-recording stage engineer
Willard Overstreet .... assistant sound editor
Dennis Rogers .... sound recordist
Joel Shryack .... foley editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist (as Alicia Irwin)
Meg Taylor .... first assistant sound editor
Dan Yale .... foley editor
Robert Gravenor .... sound mixer (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Connie Angland .... special effects technician
Larry Fioritto .... special effects coordinator
Wes Mattox .... special effects foreman
Virgil Sanchez .... special effects foreman
Doyle Smiley .... special effects foreman
Shea Clayton .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr. .... visual effects supervisor
Patrick Flanagan .... digital artist
Tyler Foell .... compositing supervisor
Jennifer Law-Stump .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital
Ralph Maiers .... digital compositor: Digiscope
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... visual effects supervisor: Pixel Magic
Peter W. Moyer .... visual effects supervisor: Digital Filmworks
Patrick Murphy .... digital artist: Pixel Magic
Marco S. Paolini .... digital compositor
Rich Thorne .... visual effects supervisor
Dick Baker .... stunts
Andy Cheno .... stunts
Arnold Chon .... stunts
Liisa Cohen .... stunts (as Liisa 'Sparky' Cohen)
Eugene Collier .... stunts
Keith Cooke .... stunts
Ousaun Elam .... stunts
Clay Donahue Fontenot .... stunt double: Terrence Dashon Howard
Eddie Hice .... stunts
Hollis Hill .... stunts
David Hugghins .... stunts
Melvin Jones .... stunts
David Leitch .... stunts
Will Leong .... stunts
Kent W. Luttrell .... stunt rigger
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator (as Ernie Orsatti)
Stan Lee Rice .... assistant stunt coordinator
Stan Lee Rice .... stunt double: Martin Lawrence
Big Daddy Wayne .... stunts
Mitch Toles .... precision driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark 'Boylee' Boyle .... second assistant camera
Glenn Corbett .... rigging gaffer
Bob Gorelick .... Steadicam operator
Bob Gorelick .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jack M. Guberman .... best boy electric: second unit
Craig Horwitz .... rigging electrician
Jay M. Huntoon .... video assist operator: second unit
Michael A. Jones .... electrician
Aaron Katz .... video assist operator
Darren Langer .... electrician
Jerry L. Mandley .... lighting technician
Don McCuaig .... director of photography: second unit (as Donald M. McCuaig)
Ralph Merzbach .... video supervisor
Ronald A. Miller .... rigging grip
Sean J. O'Shea .... first assistant camera
Jack S. Schlosser .... gaffer
Tim Sheridan .... second assistant camera (as Tim 'Teet' Sheridan)
Steve Suveg .... rigging grip
Kirk Tedeski .... video playback coordinator
R. Gern Trowbridge .... electrician: additional photography
Mark Vollmer .... best boy: second unit
Ken Little Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Reggie Jackson II .... casting assistant
Reggie Jackson .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Diane Charles .... set costumer
Joseph T. Mastrolia .... set costumer
Katrina Mastrolia .... set costumer
Robert Mata .... costumer: Mr. Lawrence
Leticia Sandoval .... specialty costumes
Editorial Department
Andrea Bottigliero .... first assistant editor
Thomas Calderon .... assistant editor
Margaret Liu .... assistant editor
Ivan Martin del Campo .... apprentice editor
Mark Nakamine .... digital color correction
Eric Osmond .... assistant editor
Peter Tackaberry .... assistant editor
Bronwyn Waddington .... assistant editor
Lynne Warr .... assistant editor
Music Department
Spring Aspers .... music supervisor
Bronwen Boyan .... music coordinator
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Todd Bozung .... associate music editor
Celeste Chada .... music licensing
Jason Frederick .... music scoring assistant
Marvin R. Morris .... music editor
Katherine Quittner .... music editor
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
Dennis Sager .... scoring engineer
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Steve Wilkinson .... musician
Transportation Department
Billy G. Arter .... transportation coordinator
David R. Blakely .... driver
Roger Bojarski Jr. .... driver
Richard C. Ryan .... transportation co-captain
Alberto Coto .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Sheryl Benko .... assistant to director
Daniel Berkowitz .... production assistant
Lisa Blackwell .... production assistant
Benita Brazier .... script supervisor
Raul Celaya .... production assistant
Richard Davis Jr. .... location manager
Diva .... stand-in: "Big Momma"
Charles W. Durham .... assistant to director
Taylor M. Favale .... production coordinator
Jill Fischer .... production coordinator: Captive Audience Productions
Gina Gilberto .... set location production assistant
Gary Gillingham .... production controller
Scott Hanson .... production secretary
Tasha Hardy .... production assistant
Michael Hendrickson .... production executive: Fox
Gary Hoffman .... stand-in
Jay M. Huntoon .... video: second unit
Jeff Jenofsky .... production assistant
Rock LeRoy .... caterer
Isaac Lipscomb .... adr artist
Harvey Lowry .... operations manager: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Haley McLane .... script supervisor: second unit
Wendy Means .... assistant to producer
Rob Meisenholder .... first assistant accountant
Will James Moore .... production assistant
Jacqui Popelka .... production coordinator
RuDee Sade .... adr artist (as RuDee Lipscomb)
Nina Saxon .... title designer
Amanda Segel .... assistant to producer
Deborah Simmrin .... unit publicist
Kim Smith .... payroll accountant (as Kim C. Smith)
Dot Stovall .... clearance coordinator
Nancy A. Terriberry .... second assistant accountant
Miles Teves .... key sculptor: Captive Audience Productions
Jodi Tripi .... clearance coordinator
Onni Vosdoganes .... assistant production coordinator
Jon Donahue .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Marc C. Geschwind .... extras coordinator (uncredited)
Mike Piccirillo .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Hunter Shepherd .... office assistant: Mr. Friendly (uncredited)
Kim Smith .... post-production accountant (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for crude humor including sexual innuendo, and for language and some violence
99 min
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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 »
Factual errors: 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 »
[upon seeing Sherry in her underwear]
Malcolm Turner:Oooo ma damn!
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Why is it that in the thunderstorm scene when Sherry gets into bed they call it a mistake of having the mustache show up on what sherry thinks is big momma.
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
An uneven comedy, but it has more laughs than I expected, 5 July 2010
Author: Electrified_Voltage from Guelph, Ontario, Canada

I was in my early teens when this was released ten years ago, and I never heard of it at the time. In early 2006, I went to the theatre while this movie's sequel, "Big Momma's House 2", was playing, but since I had never seen the original by this point and could see that the sequel was widely hated, it was obviously not the movie I was going to see. Instead, I went to see "The Matador" on that particular trip to the movie theatre. It took me over four years after that to get around to watching the original "Big Momma's House", and just before seeing it, I had low expectations, thinking it would probably be a very unfunny comedy, even if it wasn't absolutely terrible. However, while it's unsurprisingly not that great, I did laugh.

Malcolm Turner is an FBI agent who is very skilled in disguising himself for undercover operations. After it is announced that a murderer and robber named Lester Vesco has just escaped from prison, where he was serving his life sentence, Malcolm and fellow FBI agent John Maxwell are sent to catch him. The FBI believes that the criminal's ex-girlfriend, Sherry Pierce, was also involved in criminal activity, but they haven't been able to prove it. Malcolm and John go to the neighbourhood in Georgia where Sherry's morbidly obese grandmother, Hattie Mae Pierce (a.k.a. Big Momma) lives, and begin to spy on her. Sherry is on her way to her grandmother's house with her son, Trent, but before they arrive, Big Momma leaves town unexpectedly, so Malcolm decides to pose as the feisty elderly woman! He takes on her lifestyle while trying to get the truth from Sherry, and also finds himself falling for the criminal's ex-girlfriend!

Before it is announced that Lester has escaped from prison and Malcolm and John go to spy on Big Momma's house, the film begins with the two FBI agents busting a dog fight, and I guess parts of this sequence are somewhat funny, but no more than that. The film continues to be mostly straight-faced after this, as we learn about the escaped prisoner, the two agents are sent on their mission, and Malcolm disguises himself as Big Momma. The early part where Malcolm has to hide in the shower while Big Momma defecates is memorable, but not in a good way. For a while, it didn't seem like I would be able to give "Big Momma's House" a rating higher than 5/10. I frequently snickered, but it didn't look like I would ever find any BIG laughs in the film. However, that eventually changed. While it's still not that consistent later on, it certainly can be funny with the things Malcolm has to do while in disguise, including a baby delivery. The scene with Sherry seeing Malcolm as himself and the FBI agent claiming to be a handyman is also a really funny part. The story and characters can also be interesting.

This 2000 release is definitely not generally considered one of the great modern-day comedies, and after seeing it, I can understand why, but I've seen much worse excuses for comedy. I wouldn't have been too surprised if I had thought "Big Momma's House" was really lame when I watched it, but while I'm sure many people think it is, I can't say I do. It is uneven, but sometimes funny. Also, there isn't nearly as much juvenile toilet humour in the movie as that one defecation scene suggests! Martin Lawrence plays the lead role here. I haven't seen him in any other film and have only seen a bit of his stand-up comedy, so I'm not that familiar with his work, but think he does a pretty good job with his performance here. This film is a little cheesy and doesn't have the most original plot, and more thought could have been put into the ending as well, but if you want a silly, raunchy comedy, this particular one might work, at least in some parts.

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