What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie pushes the PG-13 envelope, most often at the expense of female bodies. Accusations and suggestions of sexism and anti-Semitism are uttered as jokes. Big Momma's influence on the girls might be considered sketchy: She says she carries a "blade in my girdle," then asks Molly to reach inside to get it; she teaches Carrie to dance provocatively for her cheerleading team's routine. As an FBI agent, Malcolm engages in violence, chasing, shooting at, and beating up culprits. Characters use profanity, drink, and allude to drugs.
- Families can talk about the Fuller family's lack of communication. How do the parents learn to be more attentive to each other and to their children after spending time with Big Momma? How does everyone learn that lying is bad?
- Since much of the movie's humor relates to Big Momma's size, families can talk about whether or not it's appropriate to laugh atsomeone's appearance.