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Down to Earth (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 16 February 2001 (USA)
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After dying before his time, an aspiring black comic gets a second shot at life - by being placed in the body of a wealthy white businessman.

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It seems everyone is trying to get into heaven; at least those whose time is up. For Lance Barton, a struggling comedian and bicycle messenger, it's the last thing on his mind. His due date upstairs is 50 years away. In the meantime, he's got big dreams to pursue on Earth, such as landing a slot at the final Amateur Night Contest at the famed Apollo Theatre. Lance's has one little problem though - he ain't that funny. Thanks to an over-cautious emissary from heaven, Mr. Keyes, he's going to get hit (literally) with a much bigger problem. Showing that even God has difficulty finding good help these days, the inept minion mistakenly plucks Lance from a traffic accident - before it takes place. Transporting him to the Pearly Gates, or more accurately, the velvet roped-lines of the hottest club around, the error is finally addressed by Mr. King, the streetwise, no-nonsense head angel who manages the place from his plush windowed office. Since returning to his own body on Earth is ... Written by Gilbert lee

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A story of premature reincarnation.

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual humor and some drug references | See all certifications »
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I Was Made to Love Her  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$20,027,309 (USA) (16 February 2001)

Gross:

$64,172,251 (USA) (1 June 2001)
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Trivia

Eugene Levy and Jennifer Coolidge were in American Pie (1999), Best in Show (2000) and Down to Earth (2001) together as well as with John Cho See more »

Goofs

When Lance/Wellington gets on stage at his own club, he takes the microphone off its stand and the cord disconnects. When the camera cuts back to him, the mic is plugged back in. His volume remains constant throughout. See more »

Quotes

[Lance and King looking at Charles Wellington's body]
Lance Barton: How am I supposed to get laughs lookin' like him?
King: Aw, c'mon, he looks funny to me.
Lance Barton: I already get booed, do I really have to be beat down on it?
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Connections

Version of Heaven Can Wait (1978) See more »

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Just Another Girl
By Damon Sharpe, Carsten Lindberg, Joachim Svare & Lindy Robbins
Performed by Monica
Produced by Ric Wake
Monica performs courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Terrific and funny movie starring Chris Rock!
18 August 2001 | by (Vienna, Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

DOWN TO EARTH, in my opinion, is a terrific and funny movie starring Chris Rock! It left a big smile on my face! The funniest things about this movie, in my opinion, were Lance's (Chris Rock - DOCTOR DOLITTLE, BOOMERANG) stand-up routines -- Especially the ones he did at the Apollo. If you ask me, that's the perfect place for a stand-up comic to do their routines. I thought that Sontee (Regina King - ENEMY OF THE STATE, A THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE) looked absolutely beautiful in all of the dressy clothing she wore -- Especially the attire she wore whenever she and Lance went out on a date. When this movie is for sale on VHS, I'm going to buy it. In conclusion, if you're a fan of Chris Rock and you haven't seen this terrific and funny movie starring him, I recommend it! You're in for a real treat and lots of laughs, so, go out to the video store, rent it or buy it, kick back with a friend, and watch it.


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