Big Momma's House (2000)

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Critic Consensus: Big Momma's House is funny in some parts, but it is essentially a one-joke movie.

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In this comedy, a cop assumes a new identity in his valiant battle against crime: an elderly grandmother! Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence) is an FBI agent who is a master of disguise and will stop at nothing to get his man. When a bank robber escapes from prison and goes on a violent crime spree, Malcolm is assigned to bring him in. The thief's girlfriend Sherry (Nia Long), who is also the mother of his child, lives in a small Southern town, and Malcolm plans to set up a stake-out in the house across the street from Sherry's. However, the house is owned by Big Momma (Ella Mitchell), an older woman with a sharp tongue and no patience for back talk, and when Big Momma has to leave town, it leaves her house suspiciously empty. Determined to maintain his cover, Malcolm disguises himself as Big Momma, and now has to convince Sherry (and everyone else in the neighborhood) that Big Momma's still in town. Big Momma's House gained considerable pre-production publicity when Lawrence fell into a coma while jogging in a heat wave before the film's start date; Lawrence claimed that he was trying to lose weight to fit more comfortably into his character's "fat suit." ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Rating:
PG-13 (for crude humor including sexual innuendo, and for language and some violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
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Box Office:
$492,734.00
Runtime:
Studio:
20th Century Fox

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Cast

Nia Long
as Sherry
Philip Tan
as Kang
Aldis Hodge
as Basketball Teen No. 2
Brian Palermo
as Cazwell
Edwin Hodge
as Basketball Teen No. 1
Starletta DuPois
as Miss Patterson
Ella Mitchell
as Big Momma
John Eddins
as Police Officer
Sean Lampkin
as Cab Driver
Brian Paul Stuart
as Prison Doctor
Sarah Zinsser
as Receptionist
Ellis Hall
as Organist
Ramsey Luke
as FBI Agent
Jessie Mae Holmes
as Miss Other Patterson
Tony McEwing
as Anchorperson
Rosi Rosi
as Nolan's Volunteer
Minnie O. Burton
as Nolan's Volunteer
Rita Fagan-Lewis
as Nolan's Volunteer
Tameka Holmes
as Choir No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Big Momma's House

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (25)

The whole project works so hard at creating funny situations that Lawrence gets no chance to be funny as himself.

December 31, 1999
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

[Big Momma] is about as old as her pantyhose.

December 31, 1999
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Big Momma's House is much like the baseball games we've been seeing at Enron Field lately -- a lot of action with poor results.

December 31, 1999
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

[Martin Lawrence] delivers.

December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

You may find yourself waiting for a commercial break. Sadly, it never comes.

December 31, 1999
CNN.com
Top Critic

Lawrence gives this depressing effort his all, but that is not nearly enough.

December 31, 1999
Orlando Sentinel
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Audience Reviews for Big Momma's House

½

Martin Lawrence is hysterical throughout, but the film does no good with just him carrying the load. Big Momma's House is plain and simple and nothing too spectacular or even hysterical. 3.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

A painfully stupid comedy starring Martin Lawrence, Big Momma's House is one of those comedies that fails to deliver on good comedy, and opts to deliver a stupid formula of tasteless humor for the viewer. The film is awful with a poorly written script, poor cast and poor directing. Big Momma's House is a laugh free comedy that tries too hard at making you laugh with its stupid attempt at humor, which doesn't pay off. The use of comedy here is strained, and the filmmakers clearly don't know how to create effective on-screen jokes. For that this film fails. The film is definitely not worth your time as there's nothing memorable or good about this film. The film is a poorly constructed comedy that delivers stupid, painful humor that just doesn't work. Add to that a cast that clearly don't know what they're doing, and you have a horrible comedy on your hands. Martin Lawrence has made some bad films in the past, but Big Momma's House is one of his worst. This is a film that really doesn't have any originality to it, and it's a painful experience to watch. I hated this film, and it is one of the worst comedies that I have seen. Skip this film, as there is nothing funny about this film. The film is just another run of the mill laugh free comedy with a bad cast. Watch something better. If you're looking for something funny and memorable, you won't find it here. This film was horrible, and definitely not worth your time.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

This movie is one bad joke stretched out to an hour and a bit. Lawrence im pretty sure you can do better, dont listen to Eddie Murphy!

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