Big Momma's House (Special Edition)
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It doesn't seem to help that Big Momma's House wants to be more than a comedy. Writers Darryl Quarles and Don Rhymer shoot for a combination of a crime comedy ala Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and a romantic comedy. But the core comedy is absurdist, while the mostly serious crime stuff is so underwritten that it would be better absent, and the somewhat serious rom-com stuff is so generic and predictable that it has all the surprise of attending Mass.
To me, the comedy being absurdist is a plus, but it doesn't mesh well with other modes. It's ridiculous, of course, that Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence) is trying to pass himself off as "Big Momma" Hattie Mae Pierce (Ella Mitchell). That's a large part of what makes it funny. However, director Raja Gosnell's decision to play the rest of the cast as mostly deadpan is a strange one. It leads the viewer to take the film in a more realist mode, but if you're doing that, you keep asking yourself why anyone else would believe that Turner is actually Big Momma. Gosnell should have gone for another approach during the Turner as Big Momma scenes. It's not that they're never funny, but too often the deadpan interaction breaks the humor.
However, the deadpan attitude works wonders when Mitchell is Big Momma. Mitchell is a fantastic here as a comic actress and especially Paul Giamatti as John is hilarious interacting with her. Once those too-brief scenes ended, I was wishing they wouldn't have, and when they reappeared again at the end, it made me more fully realize how much better they were.Read more ›
bathroom scene.but,i thought it was very funny. All the people in the film are great. i really like nolen the security guard.
he was awesome in the movie. i laughed so hard during the entire film my stomach was sore at the end.the movie is defintly worth
a look a MUST BUY MUST OWN i promise you'll absolutly love it.
another wonderful scene from the movie was when Martin dressed as big momma had to deliver a baby that is hillarious.
Martin is truly at the top of his acting career in this flim.
i think it's the best film Martin has made so far.
Ella Mitchell who played the real big momma is very funny also.
she is a marvelous actress. she has a scene at the beginning of the movie where she finds a dog in her yard she says lord i done told sadie bout this dog. then she picks up the dog and says if i catch you in my yard again i'll barbeque me some hot dog.
very funny. nia long is great also a very beautiful lady and a great actress.
another one of my favorite part's of the movie is when nia boy gets kicked of the basketball court and, Martin dressed as big momma goes to the court and gives the guys at the court a lesson in hoops.
anyway, it's a marvelous movie buy a copy today from Amazon i promise you'll love it. you want be able to stop laughing.
it's a MUST HAVE MOVIE.
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This movie's a rip off of the movie stakeout, which came out in the 80's.
Every single plot point from that movie has been included here. Read more
If you need a good old fashion belly laugh, Big Momma one and two will make your day ! Great comedy .Published 5 months ago by Anthony Marino
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