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Big Momma's House
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10.08.2004 By: Dr. Drew
Big Momma's House order
Director:
Radja Gosnell

Actors:
Martin Lawrence
Nia Long
Paul Giamatti

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Martin Lawrence is one funny bastard. Ever since YOU SO CRAZY, a movie that showcased his live stand up routine, Iíve liked the manís sense of humor. His unique style of contorted facial expressions and physical comedy make for a good time, but heís definitely a "love him or hate him" type of actor. His latest, Big Mommaís House, finds its way onto a DVD thatís THX Certified (!) and features some interesting extras.

In order to catch an escaped convict, a police detective (Martin Lawrence) realizes that he must keep a close eye on his ex-girlfriend (Nia Long). While on surveillance, he decides to don make-up and a flower print dress as Big Momma, in an undercover sting to get closer to the former love interest of the fugitive murderer.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This is basically a movie which borrows liberally from among others, MRS. DOUBTFIRE and Eddie Murphyís NUTTY PROFESSOR. With that in mind, it doesnít even come close to the aforementioned in terms of hilarity and gut busting laughs. What we get is a predictable story which is forced to rely on tired toilet humor and sexual innuendoes to keep itself from going flat. Youíll chuckle at Lawrence bouncing around in his 300 pound fat suit but the novelty wears off very, very fast. Theyíve even managed to throw in a half assed romantic element which seemed contrived and hurried. Having long been a fan of Lawrenceís comedy, I only wish a studio would give him the chance to star in an R rated movie. Heís usually at his comedic best when heís tossing around F-words and cussing up a storm. In this movie though, we get a tamer, gentler Martin. All in all, this is a sub mediocre comedy which missed on a lot of levels.
THE EXTRAS
First up in the extras department is "Building Big Mommaís House" (20 minutes) which chronicles all the work which went into making the movie as well as interviews with the cast and crew. Next up is a "Make Up Test" (2 minutes) which features Lawrence in a pseudo cooking show skit as Big Momma. I laughed myself silly hearing him talk about making "fried ass". Thereís also an 8-minute blooper and outtake reel which is in all seriousness, funnier than the actual movie. Sadly, all swearing is bleeped out but doesnít take away from the comedic intentions. Hilarious stuff. Two deleted scenes with optional directorís commentary highlight an alternate opening sequence and an extended take on the murdererís escape in the filmís opening. Theyíve also included 2 music videos from the movieís soundtrack, "Bounce with Me" by Lil' Bow Wow and "Iíve Got to Have It" by Jermaine Dupri featuring Nas and Monica. I still canít get over the fact that Bow Wow is get this, a 13 year old full fledged gangsta rapper. A theatrical trailer and TV spots are also included.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
You know a DVD is in trouble when the outtakes are way more entertaining and hilarious than the actual featured flick. Still, there are a number of fun extras and a worthy commentary track but that doesnít take way from the fact that the movie was pretty lame and mostly unfunny. Fans of Martin Lawrence will want to check this DVD out but it barely qualifies as decent rental material.
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