The Score: Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son

Friday, Feb 18, 2011 1:55PM

Written by J. Bachelor

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  • Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
  • Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson
  • February 18, 2011
Empire Online 1/5
Radio Times 2/5
Guardian 1/5
Den of Geek 1/5
E! Online 5.5/10

Veteran funnyman Martin Lawrence is set to take a bite out of the box office this week as Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son lands in theaters today.

Like Father, Like Son is Lawrence's third entry in the Big Momma's House series. 

You get two Big Mommas for the price of one in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, where Martin Lawrence's FBI agent, forever undercover as a girth-challenged woman, passes the torch -- no, make that a fat suit and wig -- to a stepson who joins him in drag.(The Hollywood Reporter)

Lawrence believes audiences love Big Momma, and intends eat off of Big Mama as long as possible.

"I say we're going to ride this until the wheels fall off. If the fans enjoy it and like it and they're entertained and they're getting what they want, then there's no telling where we can go with it. And if this is the last one, well, I had a fun ride, and I thank everyone who has come out and supported it, and we move on." (

Similar to its predecessors, Like Father, Like Son finds Lawrence's character once again investigating a case that requires a woman's touch to get the job done.

Lawrence reprises his role as Malcolm Turner, an FBI agent who has gone undercover as a morbidly obese grandmother twice already and is evidently itching for another opportunity. He gets it when his 17-year-old stepson, Trent (Brandon T. Jackson), witnesses a murder, and the two of them must go into hiding. The only safe place, naturally, would be an all-girls school for the performing arts where one of the dorms needs a housemother. Luckily, there is just such an institution here in this very city! Also very luckily, this school is where an important flash drive full of evidence has been hidden. Malcolm and Trent can hide from the killers AND look for the flash drive AND dress up like fat women AND fall down a lot, all at once! (MovieFone)

In a recent interview, actor Brandon T. Jackson discussed donning a wig and dress for his role.

"I was like, 'Whoa, she's pretty!' It was a good time. I'm happy I got to create this character. As an actor, it's amazing to get to create different characters. Johnny Depp is a character actor, and everything you see him in is different. I'm happy that they gave me the chance to create a different character."(Collider.Com)

Critics were unanimous in expressing their disappointment with the film, citing a weak storyline and uninspired humor as its downfall.

I suspect that Lawrence, Jackson, director John Whitesell and everyone involved were intending to make a knock-about comedy, a piece of light-hearted entertainment to warm the souls of the huddled masses. It's not an exaggeration to say they've fallen short of this goal. But what they have created, almost certainly by accident, is a piece of neo-Dadaist art, a kind of anti-comedy that swirls in front of you like a black hole, sucking in any semblance of entertainment in its vicinity. All you can do is stare, stupefied, into the cinematic void. (Den of Geek)
Even small flaws are amplified and become more annoying, like the way Lawrence pretends to drive - in reality the car would be all over the road with his wild steering. It's also ridiculous how we never see the men transforming. It clearly takes hours in make-up but they can do it in seconds. The movie is at least 20 minutes too long. Actually, it's 107 minutes too long. Please let this be the last film, I can't take any more Big Mommas(Birmingham Post)

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