Yesterday I was invited to screen “Big Momma’s like father like son” at The AMC West Oaks 14, in Ocoee. In this comedy Comic actor Martin Lawrence reprises his hilarious role of the cross dressing FBI agent Malcom Turner. He becomes his alter ego “Big Momma” by donning a fat suit, women’s clothes some extensive prosthetic make-up. This film makes the third installment of the “Big Momma” franchise. Although it had some funny moments, the sequel doesn’t quite live up to its predecessors.
Malcom is older but still in the FBI game, and about to break a major case. He is ambushed by his 18 year old son Trent played by actor Brandon T. Jackson ( “Percy Jackson & the Lightening Thief”). He desperately wants his dad to sign a recording deal contract. Trent’s plan is to skip college and start a rap music career. Unfortunately he has ambushed his dad while on the job and ends up witnessing the snitch Canetti (Max Casella “The Sopranos”) being shot. The two are spotted by the bad guys and have to run and go ‘under cover”.
Malcom decides this is a good time to bring back Big Momma and birth Big Momma’s niece Charmaine. Malcom dress’s up his son in the most awful outfit, and wig and the two head to an all girls performing arts school. They plan to search for the usb device the murdered Canetti told Malcom he has hiddden there. Former “Ugly Betty” star Ana Ortiz, plays the frazzled school Mistress Gail. “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd (“Precious”) makes a memorable cameo as Beverly Townsend, a House Mom on her way out. She makes a dramatic exit scene in Gail’s office after a big chunk of hair is ripped from her head. As Sherri/Beverly leaves Gail is happy to hire Big Momma as the latest recruit in the revolving door of House Mom’s.
Going to an all girl school sets up Trent for many uncomfortable moments as he is surrounded by scantily clad school girls he’d rather be dating, then making friends with. Not all of the girls are nice which gave this film a “Mean girls“ tone. Trent soon falls in love with talented and beautiful school mate Haley (Jessica Lucas “Melrose Place”, “90210”) . Both Michelle Ang (“The Tribe”) as the loveless Mia, and Portia Doubleday (“Youth in Revolt”) as Jasmine the ballerina bully stand out in their roles.
This film seemed to focus more on the son than the father. Brandon Jackson may have a career as a rap singer, or leading man, but in this film his comic side couldn’t compare with Martin Lawrence. One of the best scenes was when Big Momma is forced into a game of Twister with her admirer security man Kurtis Kool (Faizon Love). The scenes with the two of them are among the best of the entire movie. In my opinion the story-line of film suffered from too much of the son, and not enough of the hilarious Big Momma. Still the movie does have a lot of laughs, so if you are a “Big Momma” fan, head out to your local theater and see it today!
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