By Jason Lynch Leah Rozen Natasha Stoynoff
February 06, 2006 12:00 PM

Martin Lawrence, Nia Long, Emily Procter



Last time we saw FBI Agent Malcolm Turner, he was undercover as a granny with gumption in 2000’s Big Momma’s House. Now married with a baby on the way, he’s opted for a quieter gig, leading school assemblies dressed as a “Safety Eagle.” Too bad he’s prone to setting his costume on fire onstage.

Big Momma’s House 2 isn’t quite as big of a disaster, but it comes close. Turner (Lawrence) soon pulls out the old wig and fat suit, this time playing nanny to three kids whose dad (Mark Moses,Desperate Housewives‘ shifty Paul Young) may have offed his old FBI partner. Unfortunately, that also requires dusting off the same lousy old-lady makeup and fickle accent. No one in their right mind should be fooled by this, but this character-deficient clan (mothered by CSI: Miami‘s Procter) isn’t up to the task.

Neither is Lawrence, whose manic energy helped bring at least a few hearty laughs to the first House. With nothing in the tank this time around, he makes this Momma feel awfully small. (PG-13)