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17 July 2011

Big Momma’s: Like Father Like Son (2011)


Directed by: John Whitesell
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 108 minutes (112 Minutes Extended)

Yes, it is bad as the critics say, and even the audience surely. Big Momma’s House 3 is truly a cash-cow of a film and there really was no need for it. It’s a washed up comedy with cliché dumbness and characters that will piss off the average film viewer. If you enjoy stupid simple-minded stories with Pop culture references of the ass, then Big Momma 3 offers entertainment. For those that know a good film when you see one, then your going to hate this. It is really stupid and for a comedy it isn’t all that funny. There was about 3 times I laughed and even then it was a mild chuckle. The film doesn’t have those things you like in Movies like characters, plot twists, great music and all that other cinematographic stuff that makes films great. It’s just a simple minded dumb comedy made by a bunch of immature film makers.


So our film begins with Malcolm (Martin Lawrence) an FBI agent trying to get his mail early from the mail man in a very stupid confrontation. WE discover it is so he can get the letter saying his son can be accepted in to college. Then we meet his son, the teen-aged rapping sensation who we see rapping away like a fool to a crowd full of school kids. At the moment Malcolm is trying to find a flash drive that has information to put someone in jail, and I might add this person is pretty clever. So he has his partner go in for g knows what and the criminal knows he has an audio recorder on his chest. Eventually he runs away and at this time Trent (Malcolm’s father) is nearby. Trent witnesses Malcolm’s partner being shot and now the criminal wants him dead. So they hide for a while for safety, then the costumes come in.
The thing that was weird is unlike the previous films, there was no gradual fade into the wearing of the suit. All is well for Big momma, because at this point we get it, it’s a guy in a fat granny suit. His son should have had a gradual fade into wearing it, but that isn't all that important. Well we instantly see them wearing their outfits as Malcolm takes his son to an all-girls performing arts school to get the flash drive hidden in the school. Big Momma takes a job as house mother for the school. One of the girls, Jasmine, gives a warning to Big Momma: This is her school, and Big Momma better stay out of her way. Meanwhile Trent develops a crush on a student named Haley.

The film is one big stupid mess and it was when they reached the school the film got worse. And that’s about 20 minutes in. Now being honest the film has some funny moments, but as whole it is a boring try-hard comedy that has characters that will just annoy the hell out of you. I am talking about 85% of the girls at that school to be exact. Once more e have another Hollywood film that picks the stereotypical images of high school students and teenagers which makes this film generic and uninspired. Oh and let’s not forget the annoying romance. The problem I had with this romance was how predictable the whole thing was. So here we have the routine of a guy falling in love with a girl and it ends up he can’t be in two places at once and his secret is unveiled, causing him to lose the girl. Sound familiar?

The one part of the film that I honestly DID find funny was when Big Momma plays Twister with the night guard. The first Big Momma film I found quite acceptable and it would be okay if they left it at that. Off the top of my head I would probably give it 6.8/10, not a high rating but it was tolerable. What idiot thought of making a 3rd film? The film kind of takes on a Some Like it hot set up but fails miserably. Some like it hot is a classic comedy film and is actually funny. This film is nothing more than a generic un-laughable piece of modern cinema that fails to bring amusement or laughter, but is not the worst conjured in this year.

 
Ratings:
Screenplay/Story: 3/10
Characters: 2.5/10
Emotion: 2/10
Visuals & editing: 4.5/10
Direction & Cinematography: 2/10
Music: 2.5/10
Overall: 2.5/10

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