Big Momma's House
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Martin Lawrence is one funny bastard. Ever since YOU SO CRAZY, a movie that showcased his live stand up routine, I’ve liked the man’s sense of humor. His unique style of contorted facial expressions and physical comedy make for a good time, but he’s definitely a "love him or hate him" type of actor. His latest, Big Momma’s House, finds its way onto a DVD that’s 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 Murphy’s NUTTY PROFESSOR. With that in mind, it doesn’t 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. You’ll chuckle at Lawrence bouncing around in his 300 pound fat suit but the novelty wears off very, very fast. They’ve even managed to throw in a half assed romantic element which seemed contrived and hurried. Having long been a fan of Lawrence’s comedy, I only wish a studio would give him the chance to star in an R rated movie. He’s usually at his comedic best when he’s 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.
First up in the extras department is "Building Big Momma’s 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". There’s 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 doesn’t take away from the comedic intentions. Hilarious stuff. Two deleted scenes with optional director’s commentary highlight an alternate opening sequence and an extended take on the murderer’s escape in the film’s opening. They’ve also included 2 music videos from the movie’s soundtrack, "Bounce with Me" by Lil' Bow Wow and "I’ve Got to Have It" by Jermaine Dupri featuring Nas and Monica. I still can’t 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.
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 doesn’t 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.