Sequel more unbalanced than original

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    “Big Momma’s House 2” is a bland, formulaic comedy for the masses. Though I was not amused, the only thing keeping me from an early nap was the laughter from the rest of the audience. We quickly find out that Malcolm Turner, played by Martin Lawrence, has been busy since the original film. He’s married main squeeze Sherrie, played by Nia Long, and given up undercover work.

    When Turner hears his partner has been killed in action, he is forced to take drastic measures.

    You guessed it, he dons a fat-suit and assortment of camouflaging wigs to become the ultimate crime-fightin’ machine, Hattie Mae Pierce (aka Big Momma).

    Pound for pound the best nanny for the job, Big Momma infiltrates the home of Tom Fuller, played by Mark Moses, a software corporation employee who may be linked to a computer virus threatening national security.

    Apparently Lawrence is trying to make a franchise off the man-in-a-fat-suit idea which just looks ridiculous.

    The gags seemed a bit tame for modern PG-13 standards and are often redundant – for instance, the son who passes time by jumping from furniture and landing on his face. While this seems humorous at first, it simply becomes a pathetic bit-joke for the more docile segments. However, those captivated by what’s essentially a 99-minute fat joke should find a flying child just as endearing.

    As one might expect, “Big Momma’s House” lacks the comic timing and edge that makes a good absurd comedy work.

    – Jeff Thurber