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Big Momma's House (2000), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 50
CAP Influence Density: 1.22
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Big Momma's House (PG-13) -- Yet another "R-13"

Really bad guy Lester, a convicted bank robber escaped from prison, is suspected by his girlfriend, Sherry (Nia Long) as coming after her since she expects him to think she has the 2 million dollar heist booty (which she does but unbeknownst to her). Sherry runs with her young son to her grandmother's house in Georgia; to Big Momma's house. And big she (Ella Mitchell) was, but the very picture of matronly love--until she disrobes for the audience to get in the shower [Gen 3:10]. Another PG-13 with full nudity [Rev. 16:15]. And a plethora of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8].

FBI agent Malcom Turner (Martin Lawrence) and his sidekick John (Paul Giamatti) learn of the relationship of Sherry and Lester and of Sherry's flight to her grandmother's house and set up a stakeout across the street. Finding out that Big Momma left the house, Turner disguises himself as Big Momma with some of the best body suiting I have seen, at least as good as that used in Robin Wiliams' Mrs. Doubtfire and Eddy Murphy's The Nutty Professor. Many escapades inherent with maintaining a deceitful identity ensue. One that I do remember was the childbirth with Big Momma as the midwife .. er .. with Malcom as the midwife!? With Malcom masquerading as 60+ year old 300+ pound Big Momma, "she" plays a game of basketball with the guys, throws a black belt karate instructor around the dojo, and sings "on Fire" style in a church choir after blasting a couple foul words at the congregation. Of course, the pastor was dutifully annoyed at the language. Some of the vulgarity in this movie is when Malcom as Big Momma gets in bed with Sherry and, though nothing is seen, comments made by the two leave nothing uncertain about sexual arousal. Hey! it's PG-13. The MPAA says it's okay for your 13-year old to see and hear this stuff as entertainment! Who are we to argue?

Though Big Momma's House presented a really good and moving love story, some great high-energy black Gospel Fire, and even some reliance on the Scriptures for theatric continuity with some artistic genius by group of actors and actresses, it was vulgar and otherwise unacceptable in many ways.

As usual in a PG-13, Big Momma's House was saturated with at least 53 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 4:6]. God's name in vain appeared both with and without the four letter expletive. There was fighting, threats to kill, gunfire murder, robbery, and self-touching [Rom. 13:9]. There was also silhouetting to suggest sexual activity, sexual maneuvers, lies, and adults in underwear [Rom. 13:13]. In addition, there was abduction, a firearm threat with a child, a nude male in a woman's bed to seduce [2Pet. 2:14; Mic. 2:1], firearm threat to the face, and child arrogance against fair authority. There was more but look to the Findings/Scoring section for a complete listing.


  • Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
  • Rev. 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • Col. 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
  • Rom. 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
  • Rom. 13:13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealous.
  • 2Pet. 2:14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed -an accursed brood!
  • Mic. 2:1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Big Momma's House (2000) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • gambling on dog fights with animal abuse
  • firearms to control, threaten
  • threat to kill
  • reckless driving to avoid discovery
  • robbery violence
  • dealing in illegal arms
  • firearm threat to face
  • abduction
  • firearm threat with child
  • gunfire attempted murder
  • gunfire injury

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 53 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • vulgar background music with foul language
  • "polite" lies
  • lies to protect and to trick
  • child arrogance against fair authority

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • sexual innuendo, comments
  • elderly lady on commode
  • full nudity
  • self touching
  • silhouetting of sexual activity
  • sexual maneuvers and suggestions
  • suggestive background music
  • adults in underwear
  • suggestive eye movement
  • nude male in woman's bed bed trying to seduce
  • man and woman in bed together nude (partially obscured)
  • vulgar dancing

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 6 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive and one use with

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • gunfire murder during robbery

  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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