Heaven help me, I completely forgot the news from last year warning us that Big Momma 3 was happening. And then the trailer for Martin Lawrence’s upcoming Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son fell on and crushed me like a guy in a fatsuit. This thing plays exactly like you would expect it to: it looks terrible. Furthermore, it continues to reaffirm the Hollywood fantasy that a normal guy can pass off as a believable girl given enough latex, a la White Chicks. I’m not even talking about Lawrence’s Big Momma, I’m talking about his character’s stepson, Trent (Brandon T. Jackson) going in drag as Charmaine, who looks like a pre-op tranny with a glandular condition.
I can cop to liking, at least a little, Big Momma’s House…once I disbeliefed the suspension that Lawrence’s Big Momma looked absolutely nothing like the real woman he was replacing when he went undercover; and that none of her friends nor family seemed to be able to tell the difference. Big Momma’s House 2 was a lazy and obvious sequel, but it looks like Eddie Murphy’s first Nutty Professor compared to this. This installment finds Lawrence’s FBI agent Malcolm Turner and Trent forced to go undercover at an
all-girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder.
Congratulations to Nia Long, who co-starred in the first two films, yet looks to have avoided this fatsuit train wreck.
Anyway, the trailer is below. Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son opens on Feb. 18, 2011.