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90 Second Movie Review: Big Momma’s House 2

Rich Cerow

Okay, I didn’t even watch the trailer for this one, cause I already know I’ve got a problem with it: marketing. I mean, let’s face it, it’s been a while since the first Big Momma’s House, or since Martin Lawrence has had a real hit, and they go with Big Momma’s House 2? Come on, man, sell me on this one. And we all know the best
Big Momma's House 2: Golden Curls
way to sell a sequel is with a totally bitchin’ subtitle. Give me Big Momma’s House 2: Momma Harder or Big Momma’s House 2: Fatter and Funkier. I mean, that last one sells itself – cut to Momma cutting a rug to some Ohio Players “Love Rollercoaster” or George Clinton doing “Atomic Dog,” shaking her big old booty, and you have yourself a line for tickets a mile long. Actually, with the way Martin Lawrence’s career’s been going, he should really try to push the Big Momma franchise into more James Bond-like, long-running series territory. I can see the ads now: Martin Lawrence is Big Momma in…The Great Granny Panty Caper. Okay, that sounds more like the Muppets than James Bond, but you get the idea. I’m just asking for a little push, a little tease to entice me into seeing Big Momma’s House 2: Barrelful of Cookie Dough or Big Momma’s House 2: Help! I’ve Fallen and You Can’t Get Up…Cause You’re Dead!!! The tagline could be “Now we’re cooking with ass!” Cause grandmas cook, and she’s fat.

What your girlfriend will think of you if you take her to see Big Momma’s House 2: That you’re the world’s biggest Mrs. Doubtfire fan, and are willing to see anything involving past their prime comedians dressed as overweight matrons. And there’s no shame in that. Especially when Robin Williams has to run back and forth and change clothes in the restaurant bathroom to have the dinner with the family and the meeting with the businessman at the same time. You’d think he wouldn’t be able to explain how he slipped up and wore the Mrs. Doubtfire outfit to the table with the executive, but you’d be wrong. He plays it off real well, and everything works out for the best in the end. I think one of the Lawrence kids is in that, too, so double points.


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