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Big Momma's House [DVD] [2000]

Martin Lawrence , Nia Long , Raja Gosnell    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Martin Lawrence, Nia Long, Paul Giamatti, Jascha Washington, Terrence Howard
  • Directors: Raja Gosnell
  • Writers: Darryl Quarles, Don Rhymer
  • Producers: Aaron Ray, Arnon Milchan, David Higgins, David T. Friendly, Jeff Kwatinetz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 14 May 2001
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005A0ZB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,328 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



No one tries very hard in Big Momma's House, so your enjoyment of this Martin Lawrence vehicle pretty much depends on how much amusement you're able to derive from a guy dressed up as a very ample woman. The setup is of the eye-rolling, only-in-Hollywood nature: Lawrence, as detective Malcolm Turner, is after a killer, and apparently the only way to capture him is to pose as the bad guy's ex-girlfriend's grandmother, who--the film cannot stress this point too much--is quite large. Apparently, Sherry (Nia Long), the young woman in question--she's as attractive as Big Momma is, well, you know--is none too bright, for she falls for Malcolm's ruse, which of course ostensibly amuses mainly because it's so transparent. She at least has an excuse--she hasn't seen Big Momma in two years--but Big Momma's oblivious friends must be functional morons. Screenwriters Darryl Quarles and Don Rhymer didn't tax themselves very much, as they have Malcolm-as-Big-Momma going through fairly predictable motions--botching a meal and delivering a baby unconventionally (Big Momma's a midwife), but ruling at basketball and self-defence and protecting Sherry while trying vainly not to flirt with her. Paul Giamatti is wasted as Malcolm's partner; director Raja Gosnell's clunky sense of comic rhythm is bewildering, because he used to be an editor (he brought a similar lack of magic to Home Alone 3).

Lawrence won't have anyone forgetting Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot, Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, or Robin Williams in Mrs Doubtfire anytime soon. Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps is far more accomplished, versatile, and funny. --David Kronke,

Product Description

FBI Agent Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence) is sent undercover to protect a vital witness and her son. When a notorious bank robber escapes from prison, Turner heads for the house of key witness Big Momma, where he believes the robber is heading. But Big Momma has gone away and so Turner decides to impersonate the old lady in order to trick the robber. However, when he meets and falls for the con's ex-girlfriend, things get far more complicated than he ever imagined.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Big Momma's House is directed by Raja Gosnell, written by Darryl Quarles and Don Rhymer, and stars Martin Lawrence, Paul Giamatti, Nia Long & Terrance Howard. Lawrence plays FBI Agent Malcolm Turner who goes undercover as "Big Momma" Hattie Mae Pierce (Ella Mitchell), so as to hopefully snare escaped convict Lester Vesco (Howard). "Big Momma" is the aunt of Vesco's ex-wife, Sherry (Long), who is on her way to "Big Momma's" to hide out after hearing of Lester's escape.

In spite of baffling critics-and not finding many casual film viewers willing to say they enjoyed it! the film was a surprise hit and opened as the number two movie in North America. It went on to gross over $117 million at the box office and subsequently ensured that a sequel would follow down the line (it arrived in 2006). The film isn't pretending to be anything other than the mindless comedy it is. If viewed on those terms then it can be enjoyed. Sure some of the gags are puerile, and Lawrence is an acquired taste, tho his energy and comedy timing are first rate here. But it does work to a degree. It's been done better in the likes of Tootsie and Mrs. Doubtfire, and the plot, with it's boorish romantic strand, is merely an excuse for "Big Momma" to get into daft scrapes. Yet the action is nicely staged and the pace of the piece never sags. There's also fun to be had in watching Giamatti & Howard looking like they just know they should be doing better stuff than this!.

Forgettable juvenile fluff for sure, but likable enough; in that brain at the door-bucket of popcorn-way. 6/10
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy 18 Jan 2005
This is a great film for kids and big kids! Its just simple humour but had me in stitches more than once, good characters and story. Good family viewing
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Momma's House = Big Laughs! 17 Feb 2006
TAG LINE: This FBI agent is going undercover... and he's concealing more than a weapon.

Those who are thinking about mugging this southern grandma, should think again. (and RUN!) This senior citizen is packing! She's tough, streetwise and smart.

The film itself is packed full of attitude, huge laughs and a great plot. The talented Martin Lawrence plays FBI agent, Malcolm Turner who dons a fat suit, all in the name of justice.

He goes undercover as Hattie Mae Pierce - Known to the community of Cartersville, Georgia as "Big Momma" - A tough southern OAP. Where Malcolm's main goal is to pursue a dangerous criminal, he also has to keep his identity secret.

So, Turner soon finds himself getting lost in the character of big momma. The trouble is that the caring "Big Momma", is a well known and respected member of the community, so its going to be one hell of task. Though I must say, the folks of Cartersville must be thinking their local saint is going a little senile!

The film is full of laughs and witty one liners, though it has a few well placed emotional scenes, the film is light-hearted and makes great family viewing, delivering nothing heavy and overly dramatic.

There is also an essence of suspense in this film. You keep expecting Big Momma's cover to be blown, but then only finding yourself laughing at the escape tactics used by Malcolm.

This film stands out as one to watch, amongst the other comedies of the early 21st Century.

The only real disappointment is when the end credits begin to roll, But at the same time you are probably wishing your grandma was as hip!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny! 19 Feb 2006
Martin Laurence is one of the funniest guys around!!! This film is great, sooooooooo funny! Seriously!!! This and Blue Streak have to be his best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Martin Lawrence 9 April 2014
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big momma's house is classic martin lawrence territory and features an on form lawrence as a foolish yet capable cop who goes deep undercover as big momma in order to save a damsel in distress from a former ex lover and career criminal. The jokes come thick n fast and although the actions a little stale this really is the perfect guilty pleasure for any martin lawrence fans out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Momma's house 27 Oct 2013
By Krush
Fantastic movie could not stop laughing. Martin Lawrence is really in his element in this movie. I would definitely recommend this to all my friends
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOL 13 Sep 2013
By mimi
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this film makes me cry with laughter, I had to buy it cause I've seen the 2nd one it wouldn't be right without having the first one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really funny film! 28 Aug 2013
By Tomz
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This film is a hilarious film with lots of laughs. A great one for the whole family. Highly recommended for comedy that's not rude of crude.
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