Big Momma’s: Like Father, Like Son
February 27, 2011
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Director: John Whitesell
Writer: Matthew Fogel/Don Rhymer
Producers: David T. Friendly
Starring: Martin Lawrence/Brandon T. Jackson
BBFC Certification: PG
Duration: 107 minutes
Imagine my surprise when I heard that Big Momma’s: Like Father, Like Son even existed a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t even know it was being made and yet again, there is a reason why Big Momma’s: Like Father, Like Son exists, it’s that five-letter word that is always the only reason why pointless sequels such as this one are made. Although it is pointless, at least it is a little funnier than the dreadful Big Momma’s House 2. Malcolm yet again wears the fat suit and turns pointlessly into Big Momma, this time he has to protect his son Trent, who also has to dress into a woman, after he witnesses a murder by hiding him in an all-girls’ art school. Big Momma’s: Like Father, Like Son is nowhere near better than the original but it is a lot funnier than Big Momma’s House 2 which, let’s admit it, isn’t at all hard to do. Even Seltzer and Friedburg could manage to make a funnier movie…well…maybe not but still, you get the idea. The reason why we didn’t like Big Momma’s House 2 is also evident in Big Momma’s: Like Father, Like Son; it’s not really funny, it’s not original and it’s not wanted. Granted that it has taken a step up from the unfunny Big Momma’s House 2, everything about the movie is more or less lazy and yet again, insulting the audience that we’d like such tripe. The script wasn’t anywhere near good and was just bad in several places and the characters were one-dimensional with as much personality as a kitchen utensil. Martin Lawrence pointlessly wears the fat suit to become Big Momma yet again without reason. As stated in the review of Big Momma’s House 2, he could be absolutely anybody he wanted. However, just like in Big Momma’s House 2, he wouldn’t be convincing as Big Momma but he would be convincing as a man in a fat suit wearing a dress.
Just like Big Momma’s House 2, the cast looked a little lazy but with such a dodgy script and badly-written characters, is it really any wonder? Brandon T. Jackson plays Trent (or Charmaine) and he does a decent job playing as his character and delivers a couple of laughs and manages to outshine Martin Lawrence at the same time. With hardly any plot and an unoriginal story, Big Momma’s: Like Father, Like Son (as expected) falls flat on it’s backside and doesn’t even bother to try and get back up to better itself. Hopefully, Hollywood will leave Big Momma alone and let her rest in peace, however it’s unlikely this will happen as we’ll probably see Charmaine as the main character next time. Let’s just hope and pray that there will not be another Big Momma movie.
While it’s funnier than Big Momma’s House 2, Big Momma’s: Like Father, Like Son is quite dreadful but on the bright side, it does have a couple of laugh-out-loud moments, which is more than what the previous movie had. It’s criminal that cinemas charge the prices they charge to see this movie, this one is something you should definitely wait to rent on DVD if you want to see it. It’s not worth the price of a cinema ticket!