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"Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son" marks Big Momma's second return, and this time with big backup: his teenage stepson Trent. Martin Lawrence returns as FBI agent Malcolm Turner and as Turner's deep-cover alter-ego Big Momma. Turner is joined by Trent (Brandon T. Jackson) as they go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder. Posing as Big Momma and as hefty coed Charmaine, they must find the killer before he finds them.

When the character of Big Momma was introduced to movie audiences in 2000's "Big Momma's House," the film become a global box-office sensation. The fun continued with a follow-up, "Big Momma's House 2." Audiences around the world responded to star Martin Lawrence's bigger-than-life portrayal of a matriarch who lets nothing and no one-–not even the most hardened criminals—get in her way.

Big Momma resonated with all audiences of all ages, no matter where they lived. "I think everybody knows a Big Momma," says Lawrence. "She might not look like the character I play, but everyone has a sister or aunt or grandma who keeps it honest and has a really loving heart. And those are the things I love about Big Momma." Adds producer David T. Friendly, who along with Lawrence has been an integral part of all three Big Momma films: "Martin obviously knows Big Momma inside and out, and makes her soulful and comforting. Big Momma goes through life with a positive attitude, trying to make things better."

"To know Big Momma is to love her, and she has become nothing less than an icon," sums up director John Whitesell, who also helmed "Big Momma's House 2." "Big Momma has an opinion about everything, and will put you on your butt if need be. But beyond that, she's funny and loving."

The success of the first two "Big Momma" films led to this third offering, but Lawrence, Friendly, Whitesell and screenwriter Matthew Fogel wanted the new film to reinvent the franchise, and not merely continue a successful formula. In doing so, they opened the film up to an audience largely untapped by "Big Momma's House" and "Big Momma's House 2": teens. Essentially, as Friendly notes, "we're starting over and making something that is not a shadow of the first two films." Lawrence's Malcolm/Big Momma now has an unexpected partner—his stepson Trent. The action is set in an equally surprising setting: an all girls' high school, and several music and dance sequences feature Lawrence, Jackson, and a talented ensemble of bright young stars.

Twentieth Century Fox's "Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son" is directed by John Whitesell and stars Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson and Jessica Lucas. Jeremiah Samuels and Martin Lawrence are executive producers; David T. Friendly is a producer; and William Paul Clark is an associate producer.


Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 107 mins.
Release Date: February 18, 2011
Tagline: Momma's got back-up.
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox
Production Companies:
Friendly Films Productions
New Regency Pictures

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