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Bringing Down the House (2003)

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Directed by
Adam Shankman

Written by
Jason Filardi

Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright, Jean Smart [more]

Release Date
• USA: Mar 7, 2003
• UK: 30 May 2003
DVD Release Date
• R1: Aug 5, 2003
• R2: 12 Jan 2004

Budget $35,000,000

Official Website:
Bringing Down the House Website

MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for language, sexual humor and drug material.

Running Time
1 hour, 45 minutes

Country USA

Studio Touchstone Pictures

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Bringing Down the House Reviews

external linkYet another film created for the lowest common denominator in all of us, this flick is ready to please anyone who doesn't ask for too much from their comedies including plot, originality, hilarity or any sense of political/stereotypical correctness. [read review] 4/10
--'JoBlo' (
external linkThough Bringing Down the House is a tremendously uneven comedy - some scenes are quite funny, while others are deathly dull - the ample charisma of all the leads (and even a few supporting performers) ensures that the film always remains watchable. [read review] 2.5/4
--David Nusair (Reel Film Reviews)
external linkOccasionally misjudged cross-cultural mismatch comedy that isn’t as funny as it thinks it is – just about worth watching for Latifah’s star quality and Eugene Levy’s impressive scene-stealing skills. [read review] 2/5
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)
external linkI laughed a few times, but I never found myself clutching my stomach. The tears never came. "Bringing Down the House" is just a mediocre comedy at best, not nearly as good as "Old School." [read review] 4/10
--Scott Spicciati (
external linkBringing Down the House may not be original, but it’s entertaining and fun. Lacking the wit and energy of Bowfinger, the comedy nevertheless serves up what Steve Martin fans expect. [read review] B+
--Lee Tistaert (Lee's Movie Info)
external linkAs the trailers indicate, there's no shortage of laughs, thanks to some sharp one-liners, two stars at the top of their game, and a solid supporting cast of veteran laugh-getters. [read review] 2.5/4
--Lou Lumenick (New York Post)
external linkNeither highly original nor exceptionally funny, but well enough performed to make it worth catching. [read review] 7/10
--Gary Panton (Movie Gazette)
external linkWhy are white guys who can't dance still funny? In this shameful Steve Martin bomb, they're not. [read review]
--Charles Taylor (Salon)

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