Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
Not recommended under 12, PG to 15 (Violence, sexual references, coarse language)
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- overall comments and recommendations
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- a review of Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 24 February 2011.
Overall comments and recommendations
|Children under 12
||Not recommended due to violence, sexual references and coarse language.
||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, sexual references and coarse language.
|Children 15 and over
||OK for this age group
About the movie
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:
||Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
|Consumer advice lines:
||Mild violence and coarse language
This review of the movie contains the following information:
A synopsis of the story
At the beginning of the latest “Big Momma” film, things are going well
for FBI agent Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence). He has just received a letter
announcing that his stepson Trent (Brandon T Jackson) has been accepted into Duke University.
Malcolm’s informant Canetti (Max Casella) is about to meet with a local crime
lord named Chirkoff (Tony Curran) in an attempt to get Chirkoff to incriminate
himself on tape. Apparently Canetti already has a flash-drive containing
incriminating evidence against Chirkoff.
arrives unannounced and witnesses Chirkoff murdering Canetti. Before Canetti
dies, he tells Malcolm that the flash-drive containing the incriminating evidence
has been stashed in a music box at a girls’ school in Atlanta.
Malcolm decides that the only way to protect Trent and recover the flash-drive is for the
pair to go undercover and attend the all-girls school. Malcolm once again disguises
himself as Big Momma and Trent
becomes Big Momma’s grand-niece Charmaine.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Crime; cross dressing
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
The film contains some action violence and
school-yard bullying as well as slapstick violence. Some of this may be
imitated by children. Examples include:
- Malcolm, in an SUV, forces a mail van off
the road. He jumps on the mailman and
demands that he hands over his mail or he will “pop one in your arse”. The
entire scene is done in an over the top comedic manner.
- During a confrontation between Malcolm, his
informant and three criminals we see: the criminals holding a gun to the
informant’s head with the criminals threatening to kill him. There is a fist
fight including punches to the face and Malcolm and the criminals shoot at each
other. Malcolm’s informant is shot in the back as he tried to run away and one
man then stands over the informant and shoots him dead execution style (we do
not see the actual shot being fired with the act inferred).
- Big Momma grabs Trent’s crotch in an effort
to force him to talk with a high pitched (girl’s) voice; Trent gasps in pain.
- While in the school cafeteria, a girl named
Jasmine bullies Charmaine by announcing, “We have fresh meat that wants to eat”.
On another occasion, Jasmine refers to Charmaine as “America’s sexiest buffalo.
- Big Momma slaps Trent across the back of
- Charmaine accidentally falls on a female
student and we hear the sound of bones crunching.
- Big Momma threatens a male security guard, saying
“Touch me again and I will knock you into next summer.
- Chirkoff tells one of his henchmen, “Take
him, we’ll kill him later”.
- When Harley learns that she has been
deceived by Trent she slaps Trent hard across the face.
- Chirkoff and two of his armed henchmen chase
Haley and Trent. They shoot at Big Momma who uses a large book to knock them
- Chirkoff holds Haley and Trent at gunpoint
and two henchmen pointing their guns at Big Momma. Big Momma and Trent punch the
gunmen in the face, then kick them in the legs knocking them down.
- A security guard fires a taser gun at
Chirkoff and he falls unconscious.
Material that may scare or disturb children
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
As well as the above-mentioned violent
scenes, children in this age group may be disturbed by some other scenes in the
- Younger children may be confused by the
cross-dressing in the film
- Several scenes of accidental harm, as when
while dancing on top of a table, Big Momma slips and crashes through the table
to land hard on her back on the ground
- A female student bursts into tears when she
receives a text message from her boyfriend breaking off the relationship.
- A scary car chase when Big Momma jumps into
a car with a student behind the steering wheel and orders her to follow a
speeding car. They pursue the speeding car in a reckless manner, nearly
colliding with a truck. The car side-swipes a stone wall causing sparks to fly
and comes to rest in an upright position balancing on its front wheels.
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Children in this age group are also likely to be
disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Children in this age group may also be
disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be
disturbed by anything in this film.
The following products are displayed or
used in this movie:
- Apple laptop computers
- mobile phones
- various makes of car
The film contains sexual references and
innuendo scattered throughout. Examples include:
- Seeing a school yard full of attractive
teenage school girls, Trent says “I can see straight to the promise land” and
later, “So many girls, a festival of flavours”.
- In relation to viewing a girl’s cleavage
Trent make the comment “Sweet fruit salad”.
- Charmaine/Trent tells Haley that she is “hot”.
- After flirting with Big Momma, a male
security guard says “Big legged woman’s gunna kill me” and later calling Big
Momma a “beautiful thing” and a “priestess of delight”.
- After Charmaine/Trent accidentally falls on
top of Big Momma/Malcolm during a ballet rehearsal we hear Big Momma make the
comment “Now I know why it’s called the Nut Cracker”.
- We see Charmaine/Trent together in a
change-room with Haley stripped down to her underwear. Trent makes excuses to
leave the change-room saying “something came up”.
Big Momma makes the
comment that Vaseline is god’s gift to black people.
Nudity and sexual activity
There is some nudity and sexual activity in
this movie, including:
- A back view of Charmaine/Trent urinating, holding
up his dress.
- On several occasions we see a male security
guard flirting with Big Momma and on one occasion, the security guard attempts
to slap Big Momma on the bottom.
- Girls wearing brief and tight clothes and group
of girls dancing in revealing nighties.
- An attractive female model wearing a robe
enters a classroom full of schoolgirls. The teacher tells the class that their
nude model has arrived but Big Momma steps in and prevents the model from
- Big Momma lies across a table with a sheet
draped across her body. We see Big Momma’s exposed legs, arms, back and
buttocks. As a teacher rips away Big Momma’s sheet a fire alarm sounds and the
scene cuts without revealing Big Momma totally naked.
- Trent goes on a date with Haley and they
pair hug and kiss passionately.
Big Momma and a large
security guard play Twister with their arms and legs entwined around each
Use of substances
There is some use of substances in this
- A man drinks in a bar
A security guard
The film contains some low-level coarse
language and putdowns/name calling, including:
- Arse, take a leak, shit, sweet Jesus, guys
are such tools.
Crazy parent, idiot,
stupid, fat ladies, two timing dog.
In a nutshell
Big Mommas: Like Father like Son is the
third in the “Big Momma” series of cross-dressing comedies, targeting an
adolescent and younger adult audience. The film relies heavily on old jokes,
slapstick comedy and sexual innuendo to entertain its audience but contains
fewer crude joke and less sexual innuendo than its two predecessors. While a
few laughs can be had from the film’s slapstick content, the film is generally
The main messages from this movie are:
- Gaining an education while you are young is
more important than following your dreams, which will be waiting for you after
you have acquired an education.
- To be yourself and not pretend to be what
you are not.
Values in this movie that parents may wish
to reinforce with their children include:
- The importance of self esteem: Throughout
the film Big Momma repeatedly encourages teenage school girls to develop self
- Selflessness and courage, as displayed by
Trent when he risks his life to protect Haley from Chirkoff and his
This movie could also give parents the
opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their
real-life consequences, such as:
- The stereotypical picture of teenage girls
that the film presents