BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE (2003) (Buena Vista Home Entertainment):
Despite receiving mixed reviews, this uneven comedy starring Steve
Martin and Queen Latifah provides several laughs.
While the film's deleted scenes are nothing to write home about, the
gag reel offers some chuckles as does a short spoof featurette, "The
Godfather of Hop," honoring co-star Eugene Levy for his major
contributions to hip-hop culture.
The laugh-filled commentary by director Adam Shankman and screenwriter
Jason Filardi is self-deprecating and is consistently funnier than the
film. Filardi ruefully tells how his original concept, entitled
"Jailbait.com," was transformed into Bringing Down the House.
Along the way, the two express their appreciation for the contributions
of Levy and co-stars Joan Plowright and Betty White., and exchange
anecdotes about various locations and scenes.
A Queen Latifah music video rounds out the disc's special features.
Bob Bloom is the film critic at the Journal and Courier in Lafayette,
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