Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son

2011-03-04 11:58
 
Big Mommas Like Father Like Son
What it's about:

Big Momma is back! This time with his/her/its rapper-wannabe son in tow as the two go undercover (enrolling in, would ya know it, an all-girl's school in drag) to retrieve some pretty damning evidence to bring down a master criminal.

What we thought:


Where to even begin with this unholy piece of –

OK! Alright! Deep breaths, everyone. Let's try and keep thing in perspective. It's not a holocaust, it's not an apartheid, it's not nuclear war, it's not Keeping Up With The Kardashians. It's just a movie. That's all – just a harmless piece of entertainment. It's a little bit of multiplex fodder, something to keep the cash rolling in and the masses stupefied for a couple of hours. It's nothing to get worked up about, right? 

Right?

Well, maybe, maybe not. All I want to know is just how much more of this undiluted crap are we as paying audiences supposed to put up wit? Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son is unredeemably awful with absolutely nothing to recommend about it but what's really shocking is that this howling load of codswallop is the THIRD in a series! How on earth did this happen? Are we, as a culture, so starved for entertainment that we have financed THREE different films whose main source of "comedy" – and I use that term very loosely – is the utterly unfunny Martin Lawrence dressing up as an utterly unconvincingly woman? Is this really what we've come to?

Now, the whole cross-dressing breed of comedy is hardly a recent occurrence, nor is it an intrinsically bad one. It all started, after all, with one of the great comedy classics: Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot. While few (if any) of the films that followed it have come close to reaching the levels reached and set by Wilder and co, it's hard to imagine a film doing a greater disservice to the comic conventions established by that film then Big Mommas 3.

And yet, the "creators" of this monstrosity have taken the insult one step further by constantly referencing Some Like It Hot – not least by essentially stealing Wilder's plot wholesale. As if it wasn't bad enough that greats like Billy Wilder, Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon are no longer with us, Lawrence and friends effectively dancing on their graves is almost too much to bear.

If this sounds unfair and overly harsh, it's only because this film deserves every last bit of bile coming its way. Granted, it's nowhere near as hateful as it could have been – and it's certainly nowhere near as ill-advised as 50 Cent's Gun – but its obvious contempt for the intelligence of its audience is offensive.

There's no two ways about it: the writers, director, producers and main star responsible for this abomination obviously see their audience as a bunch of meat-headed Neanderthals with all the cumulative sense of humour of a stalk of celery. Everything about this film is insulting: its so-called characters, the ham-fisted sentimentality, the insane plot contrivances. Martin Lawrence in drag stopped being funny two Big Mommas ago. Even the bleak Oscar-nominated Winter's Bone, which featured scenes of squirrel-skinning and abject poverty, had more laughs.

Here's hoping Lawrence either retires after this, or never wears a fatsuit again. The world would be better off.


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Kenneth 2011/03/01 11:39 AM
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I find the sequels in general are poor. For me this one was average, not as bad as you put it.I take you just dont like this kind of comedy at all, people like me love it and have enjoyed other films like Madea's Family Reunion, Diary of Mad Black Woman etc. We cant all like same things!
rowdy 2011/03/01 12:26 PM
eish what a crappy review.no useful info at all.i can c u a bitter writer hating on a very succesful comic actor
Raquel 2011/04/06 9:18 AM
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Whatever to the pathetic review! I enjoyed it. I dont think you can call it unpredictable. It might have lacked a bit on laughs. But not as pathetic as this reviewer is saying. I think the reason why you called a critic is cause all you do is criticize. The woman was made for the fans and I coulsn't wait to see what it was all about. Not the best but definitely not the worst either.
Raquel 2011/04/06 9:20 AM
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I mean, "The movie was made for the fans and I couldn't wait to see what it was all about. " LOL
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