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Bringing Down the House

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2003
  • Adam Shankman
  • 100 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Comedy starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah. Wealthy divorced lawyer Peter Sanderson believes he's found the perfect companion in an internet chat room. But his "dream date" turns out to be larger-than-life escaped convict Charlene Morton, who wants the uptight Sanderson to prove her innocence.

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Review

A star rating of 1 out of 5.

Steve Martin is a maddeningly inconsistent talent. While he's quite capable of delivering pearls of cinematic comedy such as The Man with Two Brains or The Jerk (both of which he also co-wrote), as an actor-for-hire he's also apt to appear in sentimental mush (Father of the Bride) or straight-out unfunny garbage (Sgt Bilko). Unfortunately Bringing Down the House manages to combine the two latter categories with its tale of a wealthy, uptight white lawyer whose perfectly ordered life is turned upside down by an escaped black female convict (Queen Latifah) who's determined to have him prove her innocence. Martin and Latifah's chemistry feels forced, the usually excellent Eugene Levy is wasted in support and many will detect racism and homophobia - no doubt unintentional but still offensive - in the film's crass manipulation of stereotypes. The only thing that should be brought down on this is the curtain.

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Credits

Cast

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Peter SandersonSteve Martin
Charlene MortonQueen Latifah
Howie RottmanEugene Levy
Mrs ArnessJoan Plowright
KateJean Smart
Sarah SandersonKimberly J Brown
Georgey SandersonAngus T Jones
AshleyMissi Pyle
Todd GendlerMichael Rosenbaum
Mrs KlineBetty White
WidowSteve Harris

Crew

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DirectorAdam Shankman

Details

Theatrical distributor
Buena Vista
Released on
2003-05-30
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains drug abuse and some swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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