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Bringing Down the House (2003)

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

Budget $35,000,000

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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
• In the Houze

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Genre: Comedy, Love, Law, Prison, Suspense, Martial Arts, Drugs, Mistaken Identity, Police

Tagline: Everything he needed to know about life, she learned in prison.

Plot: Peter Sanderson (STEVE MARTIN) is a divorced, straight-laced, uptight, workaholic attorney who still loves his ex-wife (JEAN SMART) and canít figure out what he did wrong to make her leave him. However, Peterís doing his best to move on, and heís become smitten with a brainy, bombshell barrister heís been chatting with online. But when she comes to his house for their first face to face, he quickly discovers she isnít refined, isnít Ivy League, and isnít even a lawyer.

Instead, itís Charlene (QUEEN LATIFAH), a prison escapee whoís proclaiming her innocence and wants Peter to help clear her name. But Peter wants nothing to do with her, prompting the loud and shocking Charlene to turn Peterís perfectly ordered life upside down, jeopardizing his efforts to get back with his wife and woo a billion-dollar client (JOAN PLOWRIGHT). As hysterical complications ensue, our unlikely pair has the chance to put each otherís lives on higher groundÖ if they donít end up bringing down the

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 External Reviews
external linkWhy are white guys who can't dance still funny? In this shameful Steve Martin bomb, they're not.

external linkBringing Down the House may not be original, but itís entertaining and fun. Lacking the wit and energy of Bowfinger, the comedy nevertheless serves up what Steve Martin fans expect. B+
--Lee Tistaert (Lee's Movie Info)

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." 4/10
--Scott Spicciati (

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. 2.5/4
--David Nusair (Reel Film 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. 4/10
--'JoBlo' (

external linkOccasionally misjudged cross-cultural mismatch comedy that isnít as funny as it thinks it is Ė just about worth watching for Latifahís star quality and Eugene Levyís impressive scene-stealing skills. 2/5
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)

 Directed by
Adam Shankman
The Wedding Planner, The Pacifier, A Walk to Remember
 Written by
Jason Filardi
Drum, Gangsta M.D., In the Navy
Steve Martin
Bowfinger, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, The Prince of Egypt
Queen Latifah
Chicago, The Bone Collector, Sphere
Eugene Levy
American Pie, American Pie 2, American Wedding
Joan Plowright
Last Action Hero, Dinosaur, 101 Dalmatians
Jean Smart
Garden State, Sweet Home Alabama, The Kid
Missi Pyle
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Michael Rosenbaum
Urban Legend, Cursed, Sweet November
 Music By
Lalo Schifrin
Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible, Rush Hour
Shane West
Ocean's Eleven, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Dracula 2000

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. 2.5/4
--Lou Lumenick (New York Post)

external linkNeither highly original nor exceptionally funny, but well enough performed to make it worth catching. 7/10
--Gary Panton (Movie Gazette)



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