Big Momma's House 2

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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
Produced byDavid T. Friendly
Michael Green
Written byDon Rhymer
Based onCharacters
by Darryl Quarles
Music byGeorge S. Clinton
CinematographyMark Irwin
Edited byPriscilla Nedd-Friendly
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
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  • January 27, 2006 (2006-01-27)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$40 million[1]
Box office$141.5 million[1]

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 trilogy. 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.

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.


Six years after the events of the first film, Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence) has been assigned a desk job in public relations as an FBI agent, since he wants to live with his wife, Sherry Pierce (Nia Long), during her delivery for the couple's new baby boy. Meanwhile, an incident occurs in Orange County, California, where Malcolm's old friend, Doug Hudson (Kirk B.R. Woller), has been killed while he was going undercover.

FBI agent Kevin Keneally (Zachary Levi) is doing surveillance on a former U.S. Army military intelligence specialist named Tom Fuller (Mark Moses), who has since retired and is working for a private corporation called National Agenda Software. The FBI has discovered that Tom is developing a computer worm which will create backdoors into the databases of all the branches of the U.S. government. Affected by his friend's death, Malcolm asks FBI chief, Crawford (Dan Lauria), to put him on the case, but Crawford refuses and tells him to stay away for safety analysis.

By eavesdropping via the webcam, Malcolm finds out that the FBI is sending one of the agents to infiltrate Fuller's house as a nanny. Giving Sherry the pretext of attending a safety conference in Phoenix, Arizona, Malcolm leaves for Orange County and takes the "Big Momma" costume with him.

Malcolm reprises his disguise as Big Momma and shows up at Fuller's house as Mrs. Fuller (Emily Procter) is interviewing several other candidates. Big Momma eliminates the three other applicants for the nanny position by pointing out the sexually attractive qualities of the first, the drug use of the second, and the FBI agent's concealed firearm of the third.

Big Momma meets the three Fuller children: Molly (Kat Dennings), Carrie (Chloë Grace Moretz), and Andrew. After failing to perform the housekeeping tasks assigned to her, Big Momma is fired, and works all night cleaning up and makes a large breakfast. Upon seeing it the next day, Mrs. Fuller changes her mind when the family awakes to find this. Big Momma is soon accepted within the household and becomes a daily part of their lives. His tasks include accompanying Mrs. Fuller to the spa, taking the family to the beach, watching out for trouble, and simply playing a game of bingo as part of her routine.

After Big Momma finds out the password from Tom, Molly calls him who tells her that she needs her at a nightclub. Big Momma goes at once, only to find that Molly was lured by Fuller's bosses, who kidnaps her and Big Momma. Big Momma and Molly are tied up and placed in the back of the van.

Big Momma has a switchblade, which Molly reaches for and uses to free them. He sees that they are at the waterfront and witnesses Tom giving a disc to a man who puts it in his laptop and is granted full access to FBI data. Big Momma gets on a jet ski and jumps it onto the dock, sending it into two men, and landing on one himself. Big Momma helps Tom and they attempt to escape, but one of the men shot him. The FBI shows up, and Keneally gives Malcolm handcuffs to put on Tom, but Malcolm tells the agent in charge that Tom's family was threatened, and that no charges should be filed. Malcolm and Keneally agree, and the case is closed.

Sometime later, Big Momma goes to the girls' state cheerleading championships. Their stuntwoman broke her leg, and Big Momma helps them out by doing the routine and winning the competition. He later leaves and gives the family a farewell letter saying he must go on, but to look out, because one day he might be back.



Critical response[edit]

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."[2] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 34 out of 100 based on 20 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[3] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.[4]

Brian Lowry of Variety called the film "So episodic and flat it should be a letdown even to those amused by the original."[5]

Keith Uhlich of Slant Magazine gave the film 1⁄2 out of 4 stars.[6]

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.[7]

Box office[edit]

Big Momma's House 2 grossed $27,736,056 in its opening weekend ranking number one.[8] 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.


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. The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews from film critics.


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

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