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Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (DVD Review)

7 Jun, 2011 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Street 6/14/11
Box Office $37.9 million
$29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG-13’ for some sexual humor and brief violence.
Stars Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson, Jessica Lucas, Faizon Love.

Packing heat under a fat suit and bad wig for the third time on screen is Martin Lawrence, reprising his role as a crime-fighting cross-dresser in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son.

This time FBI agent Malcolm Turner’s stepson, Trent (Brandon T. Jackson), gets in on the operation, after he witnesses a murder and becomes a target. Malcolm sets out to find the killer who is after a memory stick containing incriminating evidence that’s hidden at an all-girls school for the performing arts.

Trent, a recent high-school graduate, has his mind on chasing paper, advancing his rapping career and meeting as many girls as possible. Malcolm would rather his stepson pause his fleeting dreams of fame to attend Duke University as a backup plan, should the music not take off. With corny, elementary rhymes and needless delusions of grandeur, it’s probably best that Trent pursues an education anyhow.

Given the formula of the two prior “Big Momma” films, we already know what to expect. Malcolm, posing as Big Momma, goes deep undercover as the school’s housemother, and brings with him Trent, dressed in drag as her rough-around-the-edges grandniece, Charmaine.

Of course, Big Momma wins over the girls at the school with her motherly pearls of wisdom, making them none the wiser about the operation, while Trent, dressed as Charmaine, develops a crush on a coed, Haley (Jessica Lucas). His feelings for Haley put their lives in danger, as the mission is compromised. Don’t worry, though. Your standard happy ending arrives within the film’s final minutes.

Chuckle-worthy moments center on school janitor Kurtis Kool’s (Faizon Love) unwanted advances toward the hefty matriarch and an appearance from Ken Jeong (The Hangover, “Community”) as a wily postal worker. Predictable story elements and stale slapstick humor, however, are Big Mommas’ weaknesses.

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