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Martin Lawrence film to feature Atlanta

Big-Mommas-Hous-3-hiphopucitThe latest Martin Lawrence-in-a-dress comedy, “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son,” hits theaters this Friday.

Lawrence stars once again as FBI agent Malcolm Turner, joined this time by Brandon T. Jackson, who plays Turner’s stepson Trent.

When Trent witnesses a murder, there’s just one thing to do. They both must clap on wigs and hide out in a girls’ school posing as the housemother and a student.

Is that 2012 Oscar buzz we’re hearing?

Anyway, this silly romp is set here and will feature lots of Atlanta landmarks, said Herb Kossover, whose Cobb County-based production company worked on the opening sequence and other shots after the Regency Entertainment-20th Century Fox project wrapped up last year.

Herb Kossover

“This really shows Atlanta,” he said, ticking off a few of the spots he captured for the opening. “Philips Arena, Turner Field, the Georgia Dome, Georgia Tech,” he said. The crypt of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King also made it into the sequence.

The filmmakers shot a scene set inside a diner and left it up to Kossover to chose a diner to film from the outside. He selected the Marietta Diner, on Cobb Parkway not far from his home.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

15 comments Add your comment

Misty Dumas-Patterson

February 17th, 2011
12:43 pm

Let’s not forget Agnes Scott College in Decatur where a large portion of the film was made!

LaTwanda Broughton

February 17th, 2011
2:27 pm

I cannot believe they left off Agnes Scott College!

Michael

February 18th, 2011
6:22 am

Does it show Atlanta skyline at all?

Not more of this mess

February 18th, 2011
7:43 am

Just what we don’t need, more black men dressing as women. Why do black media folk see a need to do this? This isn’t funny; it’s debasing and negative imagery of black men and women. Not everything meant to be funny is. I guess since the Morehouse guys can’t wear wmen’s clothing, martin lawrence did something to make them feel better this year. Sad. Folks are just sad. Tyler Perry, Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence need to stop this type imagery. There’s a bigger picture here, people. Open your eyes and see it. The psyche of a race of people is dying with this buffoonery.

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

February 18th, 2011
8:07 am

I can never get over the fact that “Amos and Andy” was forced off TV because it was found to be offensive to black people, yet the buffoonery that exists in today’s movies and especially stand up comedy makes that vintage show seem like a motivational documentary series.

I am appalled at the “Original Kings and Queens of Comedy” and similar productions who jest on aspects of the “Black Community” that no one should be laughing at while Bill Cosby is lambasted for suggesting that “we” do something to improve situations that Dave Chappelle, Katt Williams and many others encourage us to laugh about.

The sad plight of education, parenting, HIV/AIDS and any number of problems that afflict the “Black Community” at far greater levels than any other groups tells me that it is time for us to realize that if there is a joke, the joke is on us.

Not more of this mess

February 18th, 2011
8:24 am

Amen, Calvin! but it’s not only in stand up comedy. It’s in commercials, it’s NeNe, and Omarosa behaving badly and getting paid big bucks to do so, and folks laugh it off as entertainment. It’s Tyler Perry, et al. It’s rap/hip hop being highly rewarded, cuss words in songs, while education and science, education or architetural degree earners don’t get any kudos for achieving. it’s down-low men who don’t know how to be real men. It’s men making babies but not sticking around to actually father them. It’s our people taking the path of least resistance: why study when you can make millions making fun of your own people? Misplaced values across our society, but it’s worse in the Black community.

Not all ills that affect the black community are at the hands of others; some wounds are self inflicted. Another such movie by martin lawrence is again proof. Lawd Jesus.

CWILLI

February 18th, 2011
8:38 am

I believe there is a time and place for everything. Back in the 50’s, 60’s even 70’s I can see this behavior not being tolerated and finding it offensive. Mrs. Doubtfire one of my favorite movies was not ridiculed like the movies Tyler or Martin make. Tootsie another one of my favorites so you see I believe it the eyes that watch that placate what is being seen. Now NeNe is another issue, she and her other co-harts are on a mission and what ever it takes to get it done, and yes I will say some very embarassing instances but who should be more embarrased of NeNe or Kim? I must say “not more of this mess” you display a little bafoonery yourself. “Smooches”

Lucy

February 18th, 2011
8:46 am

Agreed! The majority of the movie was filmed at Agnes Scott and not one word about it!!

No plans to see it

February 18th, 2011
8:49 am

@Cwilli…did you mean “cohorts”? And did you mean “buffoonery”? I disagree. I think the posts by “not more of this mess” are spot on.

LivingWell DCH

February 18th, 2011
9:00 am

Women’s health seminar/discussion: Media images of Black women/men, sex risks/benefits, social issues, and disparate marriage/educational statistics in the Black community (and how these things can cause emotional stress, which can affect Black women’s physical health), will be discussed (with decorum) tomorrow. See:
http://entertainment.accessatlanta.com/roswell-ga/events/show/166764225-melody-mccloud-md

itamazesme

February 18th, 2011
9:12 am

Laughter is good for the soul. What some find funny others don’t. These men are making their money legally and taking care of their families. What is wrong with having a talent to make people laugh and making money doing it? They aren’t the only men who dress as women black and white alike. It is a comedy – Laugh a little – with what is going on in the world today laughter is needed.

Life is too short to try to find something wrong with EVERYTHING. Congratulations to Martin on his third movie in this series. The first two made $180 million dollars. I am also happy for the young comedian Brandon as he has been cast for several roles as of late.

Clayton

February 18th, 2011
5:30 pm

The thing that I am beginning to wonder is Martins legacy will be known as a cross-dresser or what. You have done three movies as cross dresser. I know this man is FAR MORE TALENTED than being offered a role as this. Some things we need to let go of….Danny Glover let go of Lethal Weapon when it began drifting off course with unrealistic scenes.

David

February 18th, 2011
11:53 pm

Also, some scenes were filmed at Arbor Place mall in Douglasville!

BlondeRepublThatLovesReagan

February 19th, 2011
1:04 am

I swear, some of you people complain about everything. Mr. Martin Lawrence is making an honest living. Give him a break. Not every movie has to be Academy Awards worthy or has to make some social statement.

Kem

February 19th, 2011
5:02 pm

Good comments by many, but don’t lump in Dave Chappelle with Kat Williams. Why do you think he turned down 50 mil? Anyway, the cross dressing can be suspect, but at the same time I think we have a tendency to over analyze mainstream movies and TV. It’s all about money to those who put out that product.

We need to start supporting and promoting the independent filmmakers and artists that are out. there. Many of them are doing quality work and presenting positive images.

There is a Black History Film Fest going on now here in ATL as we speak. It’s being presented by The Color of Cinema.