Big Momma's House

Big Momma's House

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Director: Raja Gosnell

Cast: Martin Lawrence, Nia Long, Paul Giamatti

     
 

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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

Overview

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."

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Schneiderman
Step aside, Tootsie, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Mrs. Klump -- Big Momma's in the house! Martin Lawrence is FBI agent Malcolm Turner, hot on the trail of a bank robber who has broken out of jail. Turner goes undercover to infiltrate the world of the thief's ex-girlfriend Sherry (Nia Long), donning latex and foam to disguise himself as her hefty aunt, the cantankerous southern matriarch Big Momma. As formula dictates, things begin to get complicated when, amidst a barrage of gross-out jokes, Turner becomes smitten with Sherry. You have to appreciate Lawrence for his willingness to put himself all the way out there for our enjoyment. Even extroverted New York Knicks power forward Larry Johnson gave up the Grandma-ma drag before typecasting became an issue. But since Big Momma's House proved pretty close to its boast of being "the mother of all comedies" at the box office, it looks like Lawrence will do some dress duty for years to come.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
One of the biggest box office hits in a summer when several African-American-themed comedies earned sleeper hit status, Big Momma's House (2000) stars comic Martin Lawrence, but owes more than a small debt to the work of Eddie Murphy. Lawrence, a former Murphy costar, successfully mimics Murphy's formula of playing one character in leading man fashion and another buried under heavy layers of prosthetics and makeup, a canny decision that resulted in a hit for Lawrence and a rise in his per-film salary. The supporting cast and Raja Gosnell's direction rank as adequate, but Big Momma's House is Lawrence's film, and he makes the most of it, mining broadly crowd-pleasing moments not only for their laugh appeal but for a few tugs on the heart strings as well. In the same summer, Murphy would also score with his own multi-character comedy, Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps (2000).

Product Details

Release Date:
12/10/2002
UPC:
0024543037590
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes with commentary; Outtakes and bloopers; "Building Big Momma's House" documentary; Director/producer commentary; Music videos: "Bounce With Me" by Lil Bow Wow and "I've Got to Have It" by Jermaine Dupri featuring NAS and Monica; Makeup test; Trialers and TV spots; Audio: English 5.1 surround, Spanish Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Lawrence Malcolm Turner
Nia Long Sherry
Paul Giamatti John
Terrence Howard Lester
Anthony Anderson Nolan
Ella Mitchell Big Momma
Jascha Washington Trent
Carl Wright Ben
Phyllis Applegate Sadie
Starletta DuPois Miss Patterson
Octavia L. Spencer Twila

Technical Credits
Raja Gosnell Director
Aaron Ray Co-producer
Spring Aspers Musical Direction/Supervision
Kent Beyda Editor
Mariko Braswell Set Decoration/Design
Greg Cannom Makeup Special Effects
Charisse Cardenas Set Decoration/Design
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
Peaches Davis Co-producer
Jermaine Dupri Score Composer
David T. Friendly Producer
Richard Gibbs Score Composer
Richard Graves Asst. Director
Bruce Green Editor
Michael Green Producer
David W. Higgins Co-producer
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Nancy Klopper Casting
Jeffrey Kwatinetz Executive Producer
Martin Lawrence Executive Producer
Rodney Liber Executive Producer
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Randy Moore Art Director
Michael D. O'Shea Cinematographer
Captive Audience Prods. Makeup Special Effects
Darryl Quarles Original Story,Screenwriter
Don Rhymer Screenwriter
Craig Stearns Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Master of Disguise [3:28]
2. The Bad Guy's Girlfriend [2:44]
3. Big Momma [3:58]
4. A Call From Sherry [3:24]
5. A New Woman [3:16]
6. Cooking With Big Momma [3:09]
7. Big Momma's Man [1:09]
8. The Midwife [3:54]
9. Meet Malcolm [4:53]
10. Self Defense [:31]
11. Granny Got Game [6:19]
12. Fishing With Malcolm [3:21]
13. Found Out [2:53]
14. Safe in Bed [6:03]
15. Big Momma Testifies [:58]
16. A Few Surprises [2:08]
17. Big Momma's Back! [:02]
18. The Party Crasher [1:34]
19. Malcolm's Testimony [5:40]
20. End Titles [2:47]

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Big Momma's House 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
Out of all The Big Momma House movies this was my favorite one its funny even funnier than Mrs. Doubtfire You can't help but to laugh at Martin Laweernce in this movie he is indeed funny!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's just Mrs. Doubtfire meets The Nutty Professor, but Martin Lawrence has never been as funny as Eddie Murphy or Robin Williams. Not even on TV. He screams too much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did buy the DVD and I am not really sure why...Martin Lawrence is his same 'ol self...kind of like Richard Simons or Jerry Lewis...NO suprises, this movie is similar to a high budget fox sit-com....not recomended.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago