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Big Momma's House (2000)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 2 June 2000 (USA)
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In order to protect a beautiful woman and her son from a robber, a male FBI agent disguises himself as a large grandmother.

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Raja Gosnell

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Darryl Quarles (story), Darryl Quarles (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Lawrence ... Malcolm Turner
Nia Long ... Sherry Pierce
Paul Giamatti ... John
Jascha Washington ... Trent Pierce
Terrence Howard ... Lester Vesco (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
Anthony Anderson ... Nolan
Ella Mitchell Ella Mitchell ... Hattie Mae Pierce (Big Momma)
Carl Wright ... Ben Rawley
Phyllis Applegate ... Sadie
Starletta DuPois ... Miss Patterson
Jessie Mae Holmes Jessie Mae Holmes ... Miss Other Patterson
Nicole Prescott Nicole Prescott ... Lena
Octavia Spencer ... Twila (as Octavia L. Spencer)
Tichina Arnold ... Ritha
Cedric the Entertainer ... Reverend
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Storyline

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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On June 2nd he's deep undercover. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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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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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi abuela es un peligro See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,661,041, 4 June 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$117,559,438

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$173,959,438
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

An animated opening was partially completed before it was scrapped. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Ben: I've been waiting on this moment ever since I first laid eyes on you.
Malcolm Turner: Ben, whatever you started in that bed, trust me, you're going to finish alone!
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Alternate Versions

For the UK version the distributor chose to cut eight seconds of violence in the opening martial arts scene, and a head butt in a later scene, in order to achieve a "12" rating. Initial video releases used this same print. All cuts were waived in 2011, and is currently available uncut in the UK with a "12" certificate. See more »

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Script merely serves as a vehicle for Big Momma's not-so-hilarious antics and escapades
5 July 2000 | by Beana-4See all my reviews

Think of a Mrs. Doubtfire meets the Nutty Professor hybrid, with a smattering of Kindergarten Cop thrown in for good measure, and you've pretty much got Big Momma's House. Except the former three are all reasonable films, and, unfortunately, Big Momma's House just isn't.

When dangerous convict Howard Laster (Terrence Dashon) escapes from prison, undercover cop Malcolm (Martin Lawrence) is sent with fellow FBI agent John (Paul Giamatti) to track down Laster's ex-girlfriend Sherry (Nia Long), in the hope of luring the armed robber back in the direction of the slammer. This involves staking out the house of Sherry's Southern grandmother 'Big Momma', but when the latter leaves town Malcolm feels compelled to take on her guise, with the help of a few prosthetics and some extra padding. Things take a complicated turn, however, when Malcolm begins to fall for the beautiful, yet unknowing, Sherry.

The film bounds along like an enthusiastic dog, with the script acting as little more than a vehicle for Big Momma's 'hilarious' antics and various escapades. The action often degenerates into uninspired gross-out comedy and toilet humour as Big Momma stumbles from one rib-tickling predicament to the next, with Malcolm often only being saved by the former's reputation as a lovable and outlandish character. Big Momma attends a self-defence class. Big Momma has nasty moments on the toilet. Big Momma plays basketball. And Big Momma delivers a baby. Cue many moments of roll-in-the-aisles hilarity. Or not.

Unfortunately, convict Howard is soon forgotten as the film focuses almost solely on Lawrence, and seriously begins to grate as Big Momma's Southern screeches make up about 95% of the dialogue. The slowly developing romance between Malcolm and Sherry is also guaranteed to make audiences cringe with it's predictability.

Lawrence and Giamatti make the best of a bad job, although the audience are left wondering exactly why they took on the roles in the first place, whilst Dashon is convincing as Evil Criminal on the Loose. Predictably, all characters are shockingly two-dimensional, but to be fair, Big Momma's House does at least generate some laughs along the way.

It is difficult to see specifically who this film is aimed at, but there must be some attraction, judging by a high-grossing opening weekend in the States. However, non-existent plot and character development will ensure that many of the audience leave disappointed. Only to be seen by those who know what they're letting themselves in for.


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