Are you ready to join the Martin Lawrence Movement?

Man. Myth. Icon. Large Mother.

… or the M.L.M for short.

You know, life is far too short to spend consumed with regret, and I’m a big enough man to admit when I’m wrong. And so, I have a confession to make, a revelation which has profoundly changed me.

Martin Lawrence is a comedic genius.

There.

I said it.

Now we may have had our doubts in the past…

We may have lamented his seeming lack of range, or his choice of extremely similar roles over and over and over again (cop, thief, cop, cop, cop, thief, cop, animated bear).

We may have scoffed at his ability to headline comedic-action flicks.

We may have wished Will Smith and Michael Bay each a thousand deaths for propelling Martin’s career into the stratosphere with ‘Bad Boys’.

We may have even posed sarcastically beside his handprints outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in L.A last year.

If you'd guessed the (obscured) look on my face was less than impressed, you'd be correct.

But. I. Was. Wrong.

How do I know this?

Observe… the trailer for Lawrence’s latest instant classic, ‘Big Momma’s: Like Father, Like Son’:

Now, the ollllld Monkey, pre ML-conversion, would rant. He’d rail. He’d point out the cliched set-up, villains, setting, characterization, slapstick, soundtrack, and so on and so on.

Not anymore.

Because last weekend at my local Hoyt’s theatre, as this trailer played before me on the big screen, I realized what should have been obvious all along:

Martin Lawrence is serving us a parody of Martin Lawrence. He’s gone Meta!

In the era of ‘Disaster Movie’, and ‘Epic Movie’, and ‘Scary Movie 47’, Lawrence has transcended comedy by giving us a parody of a Martin Lawrence film with a completely straight face!

I mean, come on… a third Big Momma’s House flick?!? Who do you know that sat all the way through BMH2 and asked “But what happened next?”

This is incredible. Having lost Leslie Nielsen just a few short months ago, are we witnessing a Nielsen-like rebirth for Martin?

Only time will tell.

Until then, I salute you, Mr. Lawrence, for daring to take a risk and make the stupidest movie possible, all in the name of art.

And to think, if 20th Century Fox had just timed their run at awards season a little better…

BPM

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