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Big Momma's House 2
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by brianorndorf

"We waited six years for this?"
2 stars

Martin Lawrence steps back into his most successful character with “Big Momma’s House 2,” a sequel that truly nobody asked for. I can’t honestly report that the film is completely devoid of laughs, but whatever positives are found here are smothered by the negatives on a very depressing scale.

Taking a cushy FBI desk job to spend more time with his pregnant wife (Nia Long), Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence) finds himself hungry for field action again when a fellow agent is murdered. Looking to crack the case, Malcolm revives his finest disguise, Big Momma, and takes a job as a nanny to three high maintenance kids to inch closer to the bad guys. Coming to understand that the family he’s caring for has much larger problems than he expected, the Big Momma persona swiftly takes over Malcolm, who uses all his time to protect and assist his new family.

Clearly, at this point, Martin Lawrence wants the same career as Eddie Murphy, who makes millions trying to tickle family audiences around the globe with reprehensible cinema. To witness Murphy, one of the sharpest comedy minds around, slink down this path is frustrating, but in Lawrence’s case, it’s just sad. “Big Momma’s House” was huge hit for the comedian, and represented the peak of his cinematic powers, as he tapped into both nostalgia for the saintly, yet fierce, grandmother role and a thirst from urban audiences for films the whole family can see. The first “House” production also featured Paul Giamatti, Terrence Howard, and Cedric the Entertainer in supporting roles. It may not be such a shock to many of you that these actors declined to return for the sequel.

It isn’t that “House 2” is a complete disaster from start to finish, but more that it’s a completely uninspired comedy, relying on the established charms of Lawrence to piece together a candy shell of the film. This is an episodic movie, simply taking Big Momma to various locations and waiting for the laughs to follow. See Big Momma half-naked at the spa! Watch her with a swimsuit wedgie at the beach! Guffaw as she teaches 8 year-old little girls nightclub dance moves! Directed by John Whitesell (“Malibu’s Most Wanted”), the picture lurches around trying to dream up new environments for Big Momma to stomp through. Admittedly, there are a handful of laughs when Lawrence finds alone time with the kids. The comic has always been great with small reactions, not abysmal pratfall set pieces or the tired heartwarming direction that he tries desperately to steer this movie towards. Leave him alone with other people, and more often than not, Lawrence usually finds a way to score laughs.

Unfortunately, “House 2” has a plot, and Whitesell just won’t ignore it, no matter how insignificant it becomes. Presenting the audience with far more action and procedural scripting than any film this light should suffer, the whole enterprise drops dead in the final act.

Why Lawrence insists on wanting to be an action hero, I will never know. But it has yet to work for him, and it depletes “Big Momma’s House 2” of whatever microscopic sliver of fun it managed to accumulate up to that point.

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User Comments

2/19/09 Gwen This was a very funny cool emotional fun movie. 5 stars
1/12/09 Shaun Wallner This movie was stupid! 1 stars
2/04/08 Pamela White Lawrence should not do sequals 2 stars
12/22/06 John Z Not as good as the original 2 stars
12/17/06 alaa' tadros what is the song in the cheerleading competitoin 5 stars
10/24/06 amg What is the song that is played @ the beach scene ? it owns 5 stars
7/25/06 Ryan_A Completely unnecessary, and not the least bit funny or entertaining. 1 stars
5/29/06 Charlene Javier Good for a few laughs. 3 stars
5/19/06 Staci Scott Weinberg's review is so extremely accurate (and hilarious), I have nothing to add. 1 stars
5/18/06 Alfred Guy He's still not funny! This is the last for me. 1 stars
4/08/06 Frank Rountree It was worse than the first one 2 stars
4/06/06 Troy M. Grzych This is Martin Lawerence's version of "Mrs. Doubtfire'" but not as funny. 3 stars
2/20/06 Sean D You've been warned. Understand? You've been fucking warned 1 stars
2/17/06 Soha Molina average 3 stars
1/30/06 james if you like fat black tranvestite cops this is your movie 1 stars
1/28/06 Popem Why is Martin Lawrence still allowed to make movies? 1 stars
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  27-Jan-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 09-May-2006



Directed by
  John Whitesell

Written by
  Don Rhymer

  Martin Lawrence
  Nia Long
  Emily Procter
  Zachary Levi
  Mark Moses

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