Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son

Theatrical Release: February 18, 2011
Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son


FBI agent Malcolm Turner and his 17-year-old son, Trent, go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder. Posing as Big Momma and Charmaine, they must find the murderer before he finds them.

Dove Review

This movie is nothing original, full of cliches of any movie I have ever seen in which a male takes on the disguise of the female gender. In this case, it is Martin Lawrence who plays FBI agent Malcolm Turner who goes undercover and enlists the help of his step-son, 17-year-old Trent (Brandon T. Jackson). A dude named Kurtis Kool is attracted to “Big Momma”, the name given to Turner’s alter-ego. And, as in other movies of this sort, he almost blows his disguise and reverts back to his old voice, accidentally of course, on more than one occasion. On the other hand, despite the cliches, Lawrence is genuinely funny in the role. In one scene he says when he was growing up his family was so poor that they would go to Kentucky Fried Chicken, where the chicken was said to be “finger-licking” good, to lick other people’s fingers! One thing I like in the film is “Big Momma” stating that too many girls try to diet and are too thin and they need to eat and take care of themselves.

Despite some good music and performances in the film, and that the character of Trent decides to go to college in an about-face decision, there are some content issues including the sheer number of times the use of strong language is heard, and the strong sexual innuendos and comments which take place, which prevents us from awarding our Dove Seal to this film as “family entertainment” for the whole family. Sad but true.

Content Description

Sex: Sexually explicit lyrics in song: "you want to get into my pants"; kissing by a couple a couple of times; sexual innuendos; man likes Big Momma and comes on to her, not realizing it really is a man; a sexual position is briefly seen in a "Twister" game between two characters.
Language: G/OMG-6; A-9; H-8; D-14; "Idiot"-2; S-2; BS (the initials are spoken)-1; Sweet J (said as a prayer it seems)-1; a "Thank You Jesus" but it is given because a man sees Big Momma and likes her; Oh, Lord-1; Lord-3; Slang for breasts-1
Violence: Character chases down mailman in car to get his mail; several punches thrown in a few fights between cops and bad guys; a character is slapped; several characters are shot at; car chases; man falls in bathtub.
Drugs: Some drinks are seen in bar; a character mentions a wine cooler.
Nudity: Cleavage; young woman seen in bra and panties; a very plump character poses for others to draw her and she is only covered by a sheet and her large thigh is exposed; bare midriff; shirtless men.
Other: A comment about not allowing Wal-Mart to clean up a song on a CD; a group of girls have put shaving cream all over a woman and in one scene she says it is in her rear as well; a few characters deceive other characters.


Company: 20th Century Fox
Writer: Matthew Fogel & Don Rhymer
Director: John Whitesell
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 107 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter