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Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright, Jean Smart [more]
• USA: Mar 7, 2003
• UK: 30 May 2003
DVD Release Date
• R1: Aug 5, 2003
• R2: 12 Jan 2004
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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual humor and drug material.
1 hour, 45 minutes
Studio Touchstone Pictures
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Review of Bringing Down the House (2003) by Susan Granger
Susan Granger's review of "Bringing Down the House" (Touchstone Pictures)
Wild 'n' crazy Steve Martin teams with Oscar-nominated Queen Latifah
("Chicago") in this ribald, politically-incorrect culture-clash comedy. Martin
plays Los Angeles tax attorney Peter Sanderson, a workaholic whose wife (Jean
Smart) has left him. Lonely, he looks for a woman with similar interests in an
Internet chat room, finds "lawyer girl" and invites her to his suburban home for
drinks. However, instead of the svelte blonde he expects, a voluptuous
African-American convicted felon named Charlene Morton (Queen Latifah) appears,
imploring him to help her clear her name. She won't take "no" for an answer,
befriending his kids (Kimberly J. Brown, Angus T. Jones) and jeopardizing his
relationship with a billionaire prospective client (Joan Plowright) who dotes on
an English bulldog named William Shakespeare.
Steve Martin hasn't done this kind of broad, hammy physical comedy
since "Three Amigos," and he effectively plays off Queen Latifah's bold 'n'
brassy foil. Eugene Levy ("American Pie") scores as an attorney pal besotted by
the "Congo goddess," as does Missi Pyle as Martin's wickedly hateful
sister-in-law and Betty White as a nosy, nasty neighbor. Writer Jason Filardi is
fortunate that his mediocre screenplay, sadly lacking in originality, is
elevated by the performances. Director Adam Shankman ("The Wedding Planner")
allows the free-wheeling actors, including Ms. Plowright, to run with the
abundant humor inherent in a parody of prejudice and racial stereotyping that's
juiced up by the hip-hop and soul numbers in Lalo Schifrin's retro score. On the
Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Bringing Down the House" is a goofy, outrageous
6. Credit the stars for the sassy dazzle in this light-hearted, if flimsy farce.
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