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Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011)



Average Rating: 2.7/10
Reviews Counted: 60
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 57

Unnecessary, unfunny, and generally unwelcome, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son offers more of the same for fans of Martin Lawrence's perplexingly popular series.


Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 10

Unnecessary, unfunny, and generally unwelcome, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son offers more of the same for fans of Martin Lawrence's perplexingly popular series.



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Martin Lawrence reprises the role of FBI agent Malcolm Turner -- aka, undercover grandma Big Momma -- in this installment in the Big Momma's House franchise, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son. Malcolm's latest assignment teams him up with his teenage stepson, Trent (Brandon T. Jackson), who unwittingly makes himself a target when he witnesses a murder. In order to keep Trent out of harm's way and solve the case behind the killing that Trent saw, the two have no choice but to go undercover at an



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Jun 14, 2011


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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (57) | DVD (1)

Looking back, it's strange to remember that the first two movies were both hits, and that Paul Giamatti and Terrence Howard even saw enough in the premise to sign up for the original. At this point, it's really all just flab.

November 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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An assessment of the film as part of a dissertational examination of Lawrence's contribution to comedic posterity and to African-American cultural history will surely note that the film was not pre-screened for critics in advance.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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It seems fair to point out that of all the cross-dressing comedies of recent decades, none has channeled Some Like It Hot quite so thoroughly.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (26)
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A film so drained of entertainment or simple humanity it is difficult to relate to as anything other than industrial artifact.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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If Tyler Perry finds liberation in lipstick, Lawrence has become suffocated by Spanx.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Lawrence's gender-bending jokes are played out, and his slapstick is wooden and slow. It's understandable: Clowning around underneath that fat suit must be exhausting. Almost as much as watching it.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The father/stepson angle applies a much-needed Heimlich maneuver to a series that was choking, but it's not enough.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It's frighteningly impressive that a one-note gag has spawned three dreadful films and hundreds of millions of dollars in box office receipts. Wherever will they go next? Big Mommas 3D?

December 31, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

it is likely that this shambles will be the final nail in the coffin of the career of a man once touted as The Next Eddie Murphy.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: The National
The National

A mashup of 'Some Like It Hot' (leering rooster-in-the-henhouse voyeurism) and 'Glee' (peppy musical interludes), that, on the plus side, grapples with the potent issue of young black male identity...

May 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

If you didn't enjoy the first two movies, don't see this.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source:

I laughed when it was as dumb as it should be. I was bored when it wasn't.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

The first one wasn't all that great. The second one I barely remember seeing.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

... lame contrivances and stale drag jokes ...

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It only escapes a bomb rating because it's more irritating than offensive -- like an ant crawling across a counter top rather than a roach roosting in the cereal box.

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Comment (1)
Creative Loafing

I'm no fan of Perry's blunt-force morality comedies, but at least his pseudo-sainted materfamilias is a real character.

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It's tempting to call Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son a huge waste of talent, but considering the talent involved, that doesn't seem like much of a waste.

February 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Comments (2)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Oh, come on now! Knock it off!

February 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Reno News and Review
Reno News and Review

John Whitesell, who helmed BM2, keeps the gender-flipping gags firing with a sense of seriousness that seems blind to the inanity of the granny-panty flimsy plot.

February 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

It's a true rubber-necker's delight, a comedy so inconceivably tacky that it will make you question whether or not you're laughing at the film or with it.

February 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

This is number three and the bloom is off the rose. Martin leave the drag to Tyler Perry and "Madea."

February 22, 2011 Full Review Source:

What's funnier than a black dude in drag? How about two black dudes in drag?

February 22, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (11)

Can there really be a comparative and a superlative for "unfunny"? It doesn't make sense to describe this witless, embarrassing third film in the Big Momma franchise as "the unfunniest".

February 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

As magical as ever.

February 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

Aside from providing the inspiration for 30 Rock's fake Tracy Jordan movie Honky Grandma Be Trippin', it's hard to see the value of this sporadic Martin Lawrence-wears-a-fat-suit-and-a-dress saga.

February 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Audience Reviews for Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son was a big fail. The first one will continue to be the best of them all and should have ended with that one. I laughed maybe twice and became very bored about a quarter in. It is just a mess of a film that felt rushed and under developed. The movie tried too hard to be funny and ended up just being another eye rolling sequel. Hopefully this will be the end of it.
May 20, 2013

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11/10/2011 (PS3, ONLINE)
October 11, 2011

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Not funny. It was hella irritating. Damn why do they try so hard to be funny?! One star for the songs.
August 29, 2011
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Momma's got back up

Big Momma is Big Comedy

I have always loved Big Momma, every single movie. It seemed like a bad idea first to make another movie, since the second one had been so great, I must admit that I was kind of scared at first, but after watching it yesterday I can't help but to say that I am really satisfied with what Lawrence,Jackson and the rest of the crew made of this great saga.

This time Big Momma's son, Trent(Jackson) who wishes to be a rapper, gets caught up in a bad situation after witnessing a mob crime and being trapped in it together with his father Malcom (Lawrence) A.K.A the Big Momma to hide from the mob but still get a USB that can incriminate them. Things get funnier when their hide out spot is an all girl college.

Simply, Big Momma's house 3 is still funny. It has great moments, all of them due to the great cast. Lawrence is phenomenal in creating such an amazing character that is Big Momma. But Jackson too is able to create another great disguise character (Charmaine), and double the trouble double the fun. . With a great soundtrack and an awesome plot play, this movie is super entertaining. There might be its flaws, and maybe a little dumb at times, but that happens in all of movies.

Overall, I recommend it to those that don't mind watching a movie just for the sake of laughters, but for those of you who don't really enjoy these types of movies you better skip it.

Big Momma: "Child, Like my Aunt Yorima used to say: Its better to be alone with yourself for the rest of your life, than to be together with bad company for a minute."
August 17, 2011

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    1. Malcolm Turner/Big Momma: Now I know why they call it the Nutcracker.
    – Submitted by jalen h (17 months ago)
    1. Malcolm Turner/Big Momma: You'd better change your voice before you start scaring the girls.
    2. Trent/Charmaine: Oh how about this? Swing low...Swing AAAAAAAAAHHHHH! [screeching]
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (2 years ago)
    1. Malcolm Turner/Big Momma: Big Momma take orders from nobody...Nobody!
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (2 years ago)
    1. Kurtis Kool: Amen!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Cafeteria Girl - Another Girl: More like Mary J. Buldge.
    – Submitted by Dawntavia B (2 years ago)
    1. Malcolm Turner/Big Momma: I'm the new house momma.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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