Dull movie is fat lot of good

BIG MOM­MAS: LIKE FA­THER, LIKE SON (PG) “A space­craft crash-land­ing”

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - Da­mon Smith

Martin Lawrence, Bran­don T Jack­son, Jessica Lu­cas, Por­tia Dou­ble­day.

JUST when you thought it was safe to go back into the cin­ema, Martin Lawrence dons the fat suit of feisty south­ern ma­tri­arch Hat­tie Mae Pierce for a soul­less third chap­ter of the com­edy se­ries. Big Mom­mas: Like Fa­ther, Like Son tries to jus­tify its ex­is­tence, be­yond milk­ing gullible au­di­ences dry, by em­broil­ing a new gen­er­a­tion in the cross­dress­ing may­hem. How­ever, screen­writer Matthew Fo­gel doesn’t have a sin­gle fresh idea and wad­dles over fa­mil­iar ground, dis­plac­ing fa­ther and son to an all-girls’ school for the per­form­ing arts. It’s the usual cru­cible of bitch­i­ness and am­bi­tion, where stu­dents burst into song in the cafe­te­ria, pro­vid­ing an ex­cuse (as if one was needed) for the young women to har­monise, pirou­ette and body-pop en masse. Fo­gel driz­zles the fa­ther­son bond­ing with cloy­ing emo­tional syrup thanks to a tepid ro­mance be­tween the son and a fe­male stu­dent. Big Mom­mas: Like Fa­ther, Like Son is as im­plau­si­ble as it is dull. Boys will be bores. FAM­ILY WATCH: No Swearing, No Sex, Vi­o­lence.

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