John P. Johnson
Adam Markovitz
February 18, 2011 AT 05:00 AM EST

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Wide Release Date
02/18/11
performer
Brandon T. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Max Casella, Portia Doubleday, Faizon Love, Ana Ortiz
director
John Whitesell
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Matthew Fogel
genre
Comedy

We gave it a D+

There’s no point explaining the flimsy buddy-com clichés that force an FBI agent (Martin Lawrence) and his son (Brandon Jackson) to go undercover at an all-girls art school in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, a follow-up to 2000’s Big Momma’s House and 2006’s Big Momma’s House 2. It’s all an openly lame excuse for Lawrence to hop back into the eye-assaulting muumuus of his alter ego Big Momma, a wheezing, overripe hybrid of a Southern dumb-belle and a Julia Child drag impersonator. The trouble is, once the movie drops its cop-drama trappings, it doesn’t do any better as a comedy. Lawrence’s gender-bending jokes are played out, and his slapstick is wooden and slow. It’s understandable: Clowning around underneath that fat suit must be exhausting. Almost as much as watching it. D+

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