Dull movie is fat lot of good
BIG MOMMAS: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON (PG) “A spacecraft crash-landing”
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.