Big Momma's House 2

Big Momma's House 2 is a 2006 American crime comedy film, the sequel to 2000's Big Momma's House and the second installment of the Big Momma film series. The film was directed by John Whitesell and starring Martin Lawrence reprising his role as FBI agent Malcolm Turner, along with Nia Long, Zachary Levi, Mark Moses, Emily Procter, Kat Dennings, and Chloë Grace Moretz in supporting roles.

Big Momma's House 2
Big Momma holds up two fingers, while lifting her dress to show a gun and FBI badge in her stockings
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Whitesell
Written byDon Rhymer
Based onCharacters
by Darryl Quarles
Produced byDavid T. Friendly
Michael Green
Starring
CinematographyMark Irwin
Edited byPriscilla Nedd-Friendly
Music byGeorge S. Clinton
Production
companies
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • January 27, 2006 (2006-01-27)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$40 million[1]
Box office$141.5 million[1]

Unlike the first film, Big Momma's House 2 takes on a family friendly tone compared to the original film's more mature target demographic. The film was released theatrically on January 27, 2006 by 20th Century Fox. It was a box office success and grossing $141.5 million against a budget of $40 million.

PlotEdit

Six years after meeting her during an investigation, FBI agent Malcolm Turner is now married to Sherry Pierce and the stepfather of her son Trent, and assumes a desk job to be close to her as they await the arrival of their first child. However, news reaches him that his friend Doug Hudson was killed, while working undercover in Orange County, California. Malcolm learns that Doug was investigating former military intelligence specialist Tom Fuller, who now works for the National Agenda Software corporation, and had discovered he was creating a computer worm that could provide backdoor access to government databases. Although he asks to assist, his boss refuses to let him interfere in the investigation being conducted by agents Liliana Morales and Kevin Keneally. Discovering Morales is sending an agent undercover to secure the job of nanny within Tom's family, Malcolm decides to take advantage of this, lying to Sherry that he must go out-of-state for a conference.

Malcolm reprises his role as Sherry's estranged grandmother Hattie Mae Pierce - known affectionately as Big Momma - and secures the nanny job by exposing flaws in the other candidates. While he keeps his eyes on Tom, Malcolm learns that the Fuller family has problems: Tom's wife Leah is very strict on chores; eldest daughter Molly seeks to be someone she is not; youngest daughter Carrie strives to do well as a cheerleader; and infant son Andrew has a habit of jumping off of tall objects. Although he finds evidence that Tom is working alongside a notorious hacker, Sherry tracks him down after discovering he lied to her and is heartbroken to discover he is working on a case. The matter is then made worse when Morales discover him interfering in her case, and allows him to assist as long as he maintains his cover and retains Kevin as his partner. After Leah threatens to fire Big Momma for her handling of her chores, Malcolm spends the night cleaning the house to win back her favor.

After an attempt to capture the hacker fails, Malcolm and Kevin recruit assistance from child hacker Stewart to access Fuller's workstation at Agenda. While they secure the means, Malcolm receives a call from a frightened Molly at a nightclub, and goes to find her as Big Momma. Soon after, men working for Agenda's CEO Anthony Bishop take both of them hostage in order to coerce Tom to assist in a business deal involving the computer worm. Malcolm soon frees the pair before going to rescue Tom, while Molly calls for the FBI. Discovering that Bishop plans to kill Tom as part of the deal he made with his customer, Malcolm saves his life and ensures Bishop cannot escape before the FBI arrives. Although shocked to discover Malcolm's real identity, Tom is thankful to him when he informs Morales that he was being coerced by his boss under the threat of having his family killed for refusing.

While the case is ended and he has made amends with Sherry, Malcolm decides stay in California and maintain his cover in order to assist Carrie, after helping her team improve themselves for an upcoming cheerleading championships. Helping them to successfully win, Malcolm eventually departs, leaving behind a letter from Big Momma explaining to the Fullers to enjoy their time together. He returns home to reunite with Sherry, Trent, and their newly born son.

CastEdit

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

Big Momma's House 2 grossed $27,736,056 in its opening weekend ranking number one.[2] As of March 3, 2011, the film has grossed a total of $70,165,972 at the United States box office with a worldwide gross of $138,259,062.

Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 6% based on 72 reviews and an average rating of 3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Unfunny and unoriginal. In other words, a perfect piece of evidence for opponents of pointless movie sequels."[3] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 34 out of 100 based on 20 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[4] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.[5]

Brian Lowry of Variety called the film "So episodic and flat it should be a letdown even to those amused by the original."[6]

Keith Uhlich of Slant Magazine gave the film 1⁄2 out of 4 stars.[7]

The film was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Awards in 2006 in the category "Worst Prequel or Sequel", but lost to Basic Instinct 2.[citation needed]

Its poor reception has been lampooned in The Onion.[8]

SequelEdit

A third and final instalment Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son was released on February 18, 2011. Brandon T. Jackson was cast in the role of Trent, who was originally played by Jascha Washington. Nia Long also did not reprise her role, which resulted in her character, Sherry, being written out. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son fared worse to negative critical reception than its predecessors, scoring a 5% on Rotten Tomatoes.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Big Momma's House 2 Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. Archived from the original on 29 April 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  2. ^ "'Big Momma' Jams, 'Nanny McPhee' Floats, 'Bubble' Bursts". Box Office Mojo.
  3. ^ "Big Momma's House 2 (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  4. ^ "Big Momma's House 2 Reviews". Metacritic.
  5. ^ "CinemaScore". Archived from the original on 2018-12-20.
  6. ^ Lowry, Brian (27 January 2006). "Big Momma's House 2". Variety.
  7. ^ Uhlich, Keith. "Review: Big Momma's House 2".
  8. ^ "Passengers Bravely Take Down Plane Showing Big Momma's House 2". The Onion. 24 May 2006. Retrieved 4 March 2011.

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