THIS FBI AGENT IS GOING UNDERCOVER… AND HE’S CONCEALING MORE THAN ONE WEAPON.
FBI agent Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence) is forced to assume the identity of Big Momma, a very rotund lady; his mission is to keep an eye on her granddaughter. This is an unbelievably contrived story that borrows heavily from Stakeout (1987) and Mrs. Doubtfire (1993). The movie spends a lot of time subjecting the new Big Momma to many situations where “she” risks being exposed. A few funny scenes and great enthusiasm from Lawrence (hoping to reach Eddie Murphy heights), but too many ingredients are dumb and predictable.
2000-U.S. 98 min. Color. Directed by Raja Gosnell. Cast: Martin Lawrence (Malcolm Turner), Nia Long (Sherry Pierce), Paul Giamatti (John), Terrence Howard, Ella Mitchell, Jascha Washington… Cedric the Entertainer.
Trivia: Lawrence fell into a coma and almost died after going out jogging in his fatsuit. Followed by two sequels, starting with Big Momma’s House 2 (2006).