Martin Lawrence has the character of Big Momma down. Solid work by everyone else in the cast.
Overall, this film isn't too much different than the first one.
When Malcolm Turner's (Martin Lawrence) mentor is killed, the FBI Agent goes undercover once again to play nanny for an Orange County man's family. Turner suspects the man with having some connection to his friends death, and it is in playing Big Momma that Malcolm once again gets caught up in another family's drama while juggling the drama of his own family life.
To be truthfully honest, I didn't really notice anything that different between this film and 2000's Big Momma's House. However, I did enjoy Big Momma's House 2. There was an easy familiarity with the character and when Lawrence gets going with Big Momma there's honestly no stopping him.
This is a track featuring director John Whitesell, the producer David T. Friendly and Zachary Levi who plays Agent Kevin Kennelly. A lot is mentioned about the relationships between the characters in the film, how certain scenes were edited or "flipped" to make them play better and Zachary Levi seems to be having his own comedy show. All in all, an entertaining and enlightening look at this movie.
There are 12 of these scenes on this disc and they have titles like "Big Momma Kicks Butt" and "An Excellent Agent." These scenes also come with an optional commentary track and we find out, from director John Whitesell, why they were taken out of the final cut of the film. The main reason it seems was they "didn't move the story" forward.
"Big Momma's Secrets"
This was actually one of the best featurettes I have ever seen. It dealt with the special effects employed in the movie to give Big Momma her look. It is amazing how they put Martin Lawrence in a fat suit and then they had to digitally make the suit cover his body in every frame. Overall, I found this featurette to be highly enlightening.
This film can be watched in either Anamorphic 1.85:1 - Widescreen or Full Screen 1.33:1. For some reason, I ended up watching this movie in Full Screen and while I thought about changing out the disc and watching it in Widescreen, I found that I didn't mind how this movie looked in that aspect ratio. Overall, I was just impressed with the quality of the picture. Sure it is pretty simple, I don't think they will ever get arty for a Martin Lawrence film, but I will say that this movie looked especially good on the TV screen I viewed it on.
Dolby Digital. English - 5.1 Dolby Surround. Spanish and French Dolby Surround. Subtitled in English and Spanish. Close Captioned. Filled with all sorts of music that we have heard in movies like this before (Sir Mix-A-Lot must be loving the royalties on the "I Like Big Butts" song), the soundtrack seemed to be pretty much what I expected it to be. All the audio was leveled perfectly and there was nothing about the sound design that disrupted the flow of the movie.
Martin Lawrence stands on the front cover decked out as Big Momma. The back cover of this film features shots from various scenes in this movie, a short description of what this film is about, a Special Features listing, a cast list and technical specs. This cover is pretty simple looking but overall I think it gets the job done and should be a hit with families.
I guess one could see a film like this as a piece of fluff. That it isn't really anything more than a way to make some more money off of this character (and when you consider that this seems to be the only character that can ensure Martin Lawrence a decent sized box office take), then a film like Big Momma's House 2 seems more like a business move then a filmmaking endeavor. That said, I really feel that everyone involved in this film, while not trying to advance the medium in any way, has done a solid job in bringing this story to the big screen.
Big Momma's House 2 may not be a film you need in your collection, but I certainly think it is worth renting.
Big Momma's House 2 was released January 26, 2006.