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Big Momma's house - Martin Lawrence, Nia Long, Anthony Anderson, Raja Gosnell

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

This special agent is going undercover... and he's concealing more than a weapon.

FBI Agent Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence) is tough, smart and a master of disguise. There's nothing he can't handle. Stop a brutal crime ring? No problem. Malcolm transforms himself into an aged Asian man to crack the case.

Malcolm's latest assignment brings him to a small southern USA town, where he's determined to trap a brutal bank robber (and recent prison escapee). Malcolm sets up a stakeout across from the home of a southern matriarch known as Big Momma (Ella Mitchell), who's about to be visited by the con's former flame, Sherry (Nia Long), and her son.

It's a simple plan, but there's one big problem: Big Momma has unexpectedly left town. So Malcolm, taking on his most challenging "role" ever, decides to impersonate the cantankerous southern granny. Using a few tricks of disguise, he completely transforms himself into Big Momma, even taking on the corpulent septuagenarian's everyday routine - from cooking soul food to delivering babies to "testifying" at the local church.

As if things weren't complicated enough, Malcolm finds himself falling for Sherry, who might be hiding some stolen cash. Now, Malcolm/Big Momma must somehow find a way to get his man - and woman.

Also starring Paul Giamatti, Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson, Nicole Prescott, Jascha Washington and Carl Wright. Written by Darryl Quarles and Don Rhymer from a story by Darryl, directed by Raja Gosnell.

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

This is one momma you ain't gonna throw from no train.

Written to cash in on Eddie Murphy's success with multiple roles in The nutty professor, Big Momma's house is an hilariously over the top comedy that's only a little bit tainted by romance and moralism. In an ideal world, Malcolm would never get with Sherry and the racial stereotypes wouldn't be as thick on the ground as clichés in a film review, but there's plenty of colour and movement to take your mind off such mundane concerns.

Uh... wow, that's all that I need to say. Deep fried food for your funny bone, not for your brain. Watch it if only to see how far they'll go. Even Sam from next door liked it! You go girl!

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Commentary by Raja
  • Making of feature including make-up, cast and crew details
  • Martin's screen test
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer: Theatrical
  • Featurette: Building Big Momma's house
  • Bloopers
  • Music video

Media intelligence (VHS)

  • Trailer: Theatrical
  • Featurette: Building Big Momma's house
  • Bloopers
  • Music video

Security censorship classification

M (Low level violence)

Surveillance time

98 minutes (1:38 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 5 September 2001

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