'Big Momma's House 2'
Unfunny drag comedy DVD exposes Big Momma's secrets
Malcolm is starting to chafe at his safe, family man desk job and is unable to resist the lure of purpose and adrenaline. He once again dons latex, padding and muumuus in order to infiltrate the house of a chief suspect in a case that threatens national security. But really the case is an excuse to have Malcolm invade the dysfunctional Fuller household and inadvertently learn how to truly care for kids.
Although he gets off to a rough start, eventually Malcolm as Big Momma helps the busy Fuller parents ("Desperate Housewives'" Mark Moses, "CSI: Miami's" Emily Procter) to connect with their problem kids: mute 3-year-old Andrew (Trevor and Preston Shores); wannabe tween cheerleader Carrie (Chloe Grace Moretz) and surly teen Molly (Kat Dennings).
"BMH2" provides the mindless entertainment expected, but isn't as consistent with the family aspects of the film despite its intent. There's a slightly creepy/sexual preoccupation with Big Momma's body: thongs are featured, one character plays with torso/breasts body padding, a cabbie tries to peek when Big Momma is undressing. Another point in the film hints at marijuana use and then blatantly advocates feeding tequila to the depressed chihuahua Poncho, who's witnessed his dog/lover's death via woodchipper.
Although I'm not certain how much insight is needed for a film like this, the commentary does its best to not only demystify the completely obvious sequences, but also give behind-the-scenes tidbits that aren't really quite as interesting as presented. Director John Whitesell, producer David T. Friendly and actor Zachary Levi (who plays goofy Agent Kevin Kennelly) have a fun camaraderie, which occasionally gets a bit stale when Zach retreads the same joke that he was responsible for every decision made on the film.
As simplistic as this film was, the trio does make a few valid points about what's good. The prosthetics used to transform Lawrence into Big Momma are fairly realistic, especially in the spa and beach sequences, and actresses Proctor and Denning give sparkle to what would normally be rather stereotypical characters.
"Big Momma's Secrets" is probably the most bizarre sort of feature you can get. Although there's the expected fat suit discourse, a nice/strange bonus is a whole discussion on how Big Momma's butt in a swimsuit was altered to remove some cellulite, lighten tan lines but add just the right amount of comedic "boom jiggle." The shrinking baby phenomenon at the end of the movie is also quite creepy.
The 12 deleted scenes are final cuts that aren't necessary, but one plot point -- seen in four of the deleted scenes -- that I think should have remained in the film was Agent Kennelly's schoolboy crush on fellow Agent Stone. It's also worth catching Lawrence giving a pep talk to the chihuahua.
STUDIO: Fox Home Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: May 9
PRICE: $29.99 each
TIME: 99 min.
DVD EXTRAS: Commentary by director John Whitesell, producer David T. Friendly and actor Zachary Levi; 12 deleted/extended scenes with optional commentary; "Big Momma's Secrets" featurette
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