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Big Momma's House 2
Don’t Leave your House for this one!
Big Momma
Martin Lawrence as Big Momma.
OPENING WEEKEND: $16,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $52,000,000
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December 26th, 2005: Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence), an FBI agent and master of disguise, is back in the fat woman costume as Big Momma. In order to prevent a national threat, he transforms once again into Big Momma and infiltrates the prime suspect’s household as a housekeeper. With time, however, he becomes attached to the dysfunctional family and the children he takes care of.

What to Expect: Not surprisingly, the plot is rather similar to the original. Nia Long returns as Sherry Pierce, Malcolm’s now pregnant wife. Unfortunately, no other major actors from the first movie return. Paul Giammatti has since become an Oscar caliber actor in films like Sideways and Cinderella Man. Terrence Howard had a breakthrough year with great performances in two films, Crash (one of the best films of 2005) and Hustle & Flow. Both actors would be hard to find in such a lowbrow comedy as this one. Anthony Anderson and Cedric the Entertainer, who added to the comedy in the original, are also absent. John Whitesell doesn’t bring much experience as a director and therefore the film’s entire success rests on Martin Lawrence’s shoulders. If he can deliver all of the comedy continuously and effectively over the course of ninety minutes then the film has a chance, but that is highly unlikely.

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The sequel comes five years after the original, which was panned by critics, but surprisingly made over $100 million at the box office. While that was a well-marketed summer film, Big Momma’s House 2 comes out in January when all of the least promising films get released. This is largely due to the year-end Oscar season which continues on into the new-year. Rather than compete with quality films, studios release forgettable formula films as alternatives. Naturally, studios do not release their best films at the beginning of the year where they will be forgotten at the same time the following year when Oscar nominations are announced.

Of course, Big Momma’s House 2 was never meant to be an Oscar film. I was simply illustrating that while all of the best films get released in November/December, the worst films usually come out in January. Additionally, the sequel comes five years after the original, which seems a little desperate. At this point it is no longer a “hot” sequel, just an attempt to squeeze as much money as possible out of a bad idea. You can probably expect a retread of a lot of jokes as well as some unsuccessful attempts at outrageous new ones.

In Conclusion: If you liked the first one or if a sequel like Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo is funny to you, then you might like Big Momma’s House 2. I admit that I am a film snob, but even I have a thing for dumb comedies once in a while. I would stay away from this one and just rent Happy Gilmore again.

Similar Titles: Big Momma’s House, Blue Streak, Daddy Day Care, White Chicks
January 27th, 2006 (wide)
May 9th, 2006 (DVD)

20th Century Fox

John Whitesell

Martin Lawrence, Elton LeBlanc, Nia Long, Michelle Parylak, Sarah Brown, Josh Flitter

Total: 17 vote(s).

Action & Adventure, Comedy, Suspense

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual humor and a humorous drug reference.

99 min






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