• PG-13, 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:    John Whitesell
  • In Theaters:    Feb 18, 2011 Wide
  • On DVD:    Jun 14, 2011
  • 20th Century Fox

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis
May 4, 2012

The father/stepson angle applies a much-needed Heimlich maneuver to a series that was choking, but it's not enough.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Shaun Munro
What Culture
December 31, 2011

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?

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
Top Critic
November 24, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James Luxford
The National
September 1, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 24, 2011

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...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Grae Drake
Movies.com
May 20, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
March 25, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 14, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 25, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
February 25, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 24, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
February 24, 2011

Oh, come on now! Knock it off!

Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
February 23, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine
February 23, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
February 22, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Kam Williams
TheLoop21.com
February 22, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Philip French
Guardian
February 22, 2011

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".

Catherine Bray
Film4
February 22, 2011

As magical as ever.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Alistair Harkness
Scotsman
February 22, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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