Big Momma's House 2 (2006)
USA / English
"The Momma of all Comedies is Back.
"On his latest assignment, FBI agent Malcolm Turner (Lawrence) goes undercover as Big Momma, and works as a nanny for an unhappy woman (Procter) who is under investigation for murder.
Big Momma's House 2 goes up in flames!
Fans of Big Momma's House will leave the theater feeling empty and
half-starved for comedic relief after viewing the second installment in
the franchise, Big Momma's House 2. Even though the capable Martin
Lawrence returns as the Malcolm Turner, a.k.a. Hattie Mae "Big Momma"
Pierce characters, he can't stop this house from going up in flames.
Malcolm Turner is still working for the FBI, although in the public
relations office. He wants to trade in his desk duties to get a sweet
taste of field ops, yet again, soon seeing his opportunity when it's
learned that a computer hacker has developed a devastating worm to
infiltrate the FBI and other government databases. They need someone to
gain access to the home of the corporate suspect Tom Fuller (Mark
Moses, Desperate Housewives) via a nanny with "excellent" credentials
(you know where this is going). Malcolm puts in his bid to the boss
man, but his offer is flatly denied. Malcolm decides to go against his
wishes and resurrects his old cover as "Big Momma," winning the heart
of Mrs. Leah Fuller played by Emily Procter (Jerry Maguire). Of course
he also has to take cover from bursting-at-the- seams pregnant Sherri
(Nia Long, Soul Food) who returns as his wife in this sequel; she is
dead-set against him returning to the field--and so am I.
Here's why. Big Momma's House 2 doesn't have the same vigor as its
predecessor. Martin Lawrence is a box-office draw, but he can't carry
the film alone. The clichéd one-liners spewing from his mouth, which
are very cute in the first film, grow stale here after 30 minutes, and
the lack of a comedic supporting cast was noticeably obvious. In Big
Momma's House, Malcolm's sidekick, John (Paul Giamatti, The
Negotiator), provided banter between them that anchored the laughs,
took them home. Anthony Anderson's (Hustle & Flow) character, Nolan,
unleashed the wicked charm of Ms. Hattie Mae's masculine side. Cedric
the Entertainer (Barbershop) didn't make any cameos either. Need I say
I didn't expect the film to have a lush budget for the screenplay
(written by Don Rhymer, The Santa Clause 2, and Darryl Quarles, Big
Momma's House), but I did expect Mr. Lawrence to provide a classy
product that his fans could live with. Big Momma's House 2 will be
forgotten, starkly resembling the squalor out back next to Fido's
House. And if you're not careful, you might step in it, 2.
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