Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011) There's no point explaining the flimsy buddy-com clichés that force an FBI agent (Martin Lawrence) and his son (Brandon Jackson) to go undercover at an… 2011-02-18 Comedy Brandon T. Jackson Martin Lawrence Max Casella Portia Doubleday Faizon Love Ana Ortiz 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Movie Review

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011)

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son | FATSUIT DRAG Brandon T. Jackson and Martin Lawrence in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
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FATSUIT DRAG Brandon T. Jackson and Martin Lawrence in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
EW's GRADE
D+

Details Release Date: Feb 18, 2011; Genre: Comedy; With: Brandon T. Jackson and Martin Lawrence; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

There's no point explaining the flimsy buddy-com clichés that force an FBI agent (Martin Lawrence) and his son (Brandon Jackson) to go undercover at an all-girls art school in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, a follow-up to 2000's Big Momma's House and 2006's Big Momma's House 2. It's all an openly lame excuse for Lawrence to hop back into the eye-assaulting muumuus of his alter ego Big Momma, a wheezing, overripe hybrid of a Southern dumb-belle and a Julia Child drag impersonator. The trouble is, once the movie drops its cop-drama trappings, it doesn't do any better as a comedy. Lawrence's gender-bending jokes are played out, and his slapstick is wooden and slow. It's understandable: Clowning around underneath that fat suit must be exhausting. Almost as much as watching it. D+

Originally posted Feb 18, 2011 Published in issue #1142 Feb 18, 2011 Order article reprints