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(2006), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 33min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Deep River Productions, Big Lou House Productions LLC, 20th Century Fox, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Friendly Productions, New Regency Pictures, Nina Saxon Film Design, Runteldat Entertainment
Distribution (US): 20th Century Fox Pictures
Director(s): John Whitesell
Producer(s): Kara Francis, David T. Friendly, Michael Green, David Higgins, Jeff Kwafinetz, Jeff Kwatinetz, Martin Lawrence, Hutch Parker, Jeremiah Samuels
Written by: Don Rhymer
Cinematography/Camera: Mark Irwin
Music: George S. Clinton
Film Editing: Priscilla Nedd-Friendly
Casting: Nancy Fay, Mark Fincannon
Production Design: Craig Stearns
Art Direction: Charles Daboub Jr.
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
In Big Momma's House back in 2000 we saw Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence) as an FBI undercover agent doing his best to thwart escaped bank robber Lester's plans to get to his girlfriend, Sherrie (Nia Long who is back for Big Momma's House 2). Lester believed Sherrie had the $2 million booty. Sherrie took flight to find safety in her grandmother's (Ella Mitchell) house, Big Momma's House.
For your convenience, below is a data comparative of the 2000 and this 2006 version of Big Momma's House. In a nutshell, they are effectively two peas out of the same pod.
Learning of the relationship between Lester and Sherrie, Malcolm set up a stake out across the street from Big Momma's House. While on that stake out, Malcolm learned that Big Momma was gone. So Malcolm suited up to become Big Momma to protect Sherrie.
Today in Big Momma's House 2, Malcolm has taken Sherrie as his wife. And Sherrie is not comfortable at all with Malcolm traipsing the country to chase bad guys. Sherrie is pregnant with her her second child and is not about to let daddy take such risks. So, Malcolm takes on a low liability job as a school safety officer dressing up as an eagle and promoting safe practices to elementary school kids. Nice and safe.
Malcolm is not at all satisfied with his new position and yearns to again become an undercover agent. Hearing department supervisors discussing a case in which national security is being compromised, Malcolm secretly involves himself in it.
The prime suspect is Tom Fuller (Mark Moses) of National Agenda Software. In his plush Orange County California home Fuller has three kids by his wife, Leah (Emily Procter): arrogant and disrespectful teen Molly (Kat Dennings); elementary school cheerleader, Carrie (Chloe Grace Moretz); young Andrew (Preston and Trevor Shores). Andrew does not speak but loves to jump from atop furniture on to his face. All kids are neglected by dad who is never around and nagged by mom who is a control and organizing freak.
The Fullers' search for a "nanny" to care for the three kids and the household. What an opportunity! Learning of this, Malcolm drags out his drag and crashes the interview of three candidates. As Big Momma, a.k.a, Hattie May Pierce, Malcolm trounces each of the other three candidates with secrets about them Leah could not permit in her home. Malcolm, err, Big Momma neglects his own family and starts his undercover tour as the nanny for the Fuller household.
During Malcolm's escapades as the "nanny" for the Fullers, Malcolm becomes involved with a gaggle of under-dressed ladies, one of which asks Malcolm to help her with her brassier because her fingernails are freshly painted and not yet dry. Another scene involves him jumping "fake nude" into a mud bath with a lady not completely covered with the mud. In this part of the film there is a lot of dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure plus a lot of adults in underwear or a close approximation of underwear.
In another part of this film, Malcolm as Big Momma trots up the beach in slow motion in a satire of Bo Derek of 10 with the rolls and blobs of fake fat wobbling plus a few posterior and crotch shots.
One of the reasons this film earned an R-13 is the writers had little girls doing pelvic thrusts as cheer moves which, in part, earned for the film the zero investigation area score in Sexual Immorality. Art is not sin and sin is not art. Art becomes sin when art uses sin. Having little girls do pelvic thrusts in and as entertainment is a very good example of that. [Luke 17:2] Having big girls do pelvic thrusts in and as entertainment is a very good example of that. Having anyone do pelvic thrusts in and as entertainment is a very good example of that. [Rom. 13:13] It doesn't take a "dirty mind" to know dirt. [Eccl. 8:11, Prov. 30:20]
In addition to the above issue of sexually immoral behaviors and a plethora of others which represent the thickest presence in the film, Big Momma's House 2 presents a generous helping of violence as Malcolm and other FBI personnel do what Hollywood seems to think FBI personnel do. And there is one murder plus an attempted murder by gunfire plus a lot of gunfire to kill. These and other matters of violence in Big Momma's House 2 (and thousands of other films) might serve to fulfill the finding of the American Medical Association and several others that violence in and as entertainment causes kids to "view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts ... acceptable behavior", "lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life" and "lead to real life violence." Especially in the age stratum targeted by the PG-13 classification of this film.
There is adult lying, adolescent lying, adolescent arrogance and disrespect, foul language before an adolescent [Luke 17:2], child neglect [Matt 25:40] and more matters of impudence and/or hate in Big Momma's House 2. One in particular was "This is who I am" as an attempt to absolve an individual of accountability for her attitude of arrogance, disrespect and defiance. [Prov. 8:13, Prov. 6:16-19]
While the most foul of the foul words was not noted, there were numerous uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. God's Name was used 8 times in vain but each without the four letter expletive.
Though relatively free of drinking, Big Momma's House 2 presented drunkenness once and a reference to drinking to ease troubles. This, though seemingly innocuous, is a serious matter for our impressionable youth. A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them and arrogance/defiance with them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco (or drugs) by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2. If alcoholic beverages in entertainment were not a problem for our young, why is there and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV? Even the University of Connecticut corroborates the ACP finding. [Eph. 5:18]
Please consider the listing of findings in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide whether this film is fit for your family.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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