Comedy Movies, by Ajay Singh, 27 February 2011

Director: John Whitesell

Stars: Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson, Jessica Lucas

Country: USA

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Language: English

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Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son

Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son

Another in the genre of “let’s smother a man in prosthetics to make him look like a big fat woman” films, this stars Martin Lawrence as Malcolm Turner, an FBI agent who has to go undercover at a girls only school after his step son, 17 year old Trent played by Brandon T. Jackson. Turner seems to have a bit of a thing for the rubber as he has already used this very disguise in a couple of previous “Big Momma” films, the franchise kicking off way back in 2000, so you know what to expect from the moment the film opens and it doesn’t disappoint.

The script is predictable but does the job, giving plenty of scope for the usual comedy shtick from Martin Lawrence who seems to have hit a rich seam with this character and is determined to mine it to exhaustion. Trent is ably performed by Jackson who I am sure will be noticed for this film but is an incredibly stupid character, deciding to accompany his step dad on an incredibly dangerous mission and thence being forced to go into rubbery hiding with him. The fact that an entire school full of girls could be convinced by these two does stretch the imagination rather but hey, it doesn’t really matter.

It’s also slightly offbeat when Trey falls for one of his classmates, played by Jessica Lucas and has to do everything he can to keep his feelings and true identity to himself. It should be funny but it comes across as a little uncomfortable. But aside from that there’s a lot to laugh at in the movie. Lawrence knows exactly what he is doing with both his straight and comedy personas now and turns in an easy to watch performance. It’s got some wry observations to make on college life with all of the girls obsessing over how to be perfect and fine the ideal boy, which leads to some great comedy moments from Lawrence and Jackson as they desperately try to stay in character.

The subplot with the Russian Mafia who are gunning for Trent is pretty disposable, mostly what we get here is a slapstick low brow character comedy, but the formula works once more with lots of laughs and a new scenario for the character to explore. The kids are bound to enjoy this movie and if what you want is a couple of hours escapism, then you will too. Enjoy!

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son [DVD] (DVD)
Actors: Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson, Portia Doubleday, Ana Ortiz, Faizon Love
Director: John Whitesell
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Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Running Time: 102 minutes

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