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Down to Earth (2001)

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After dying before his time, an aspiring comic gets a second shot at life...by being reincarnated as a wealthy but un-likeable 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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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual humor and some drug references | See all certifications »
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16 February 2001 (USA)  »

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I Was Made to Love Her  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£612,462 (UK) (8 June 2001)

Gross:

£1,891,612 (UK) (6 July 2001)
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Many of the comedy routines used in the movie were on Chris Rock's "Bigger and Blacker" album. See more »

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The hospital is supposed to be in Brooklyn, but when we look across the river to Manhattan we see the Queensboro bridge and the UN which both would mean the filmed it in Queens, not Brooklyn. See more »

Quotes

Mr. King: First, you make Frank Sinatra wait for a table...
Keyes: He didn't have a jacket.
King: HE'S FRANK SINATRA! HE CAN WEAR WHATEVER HE WANTS!
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Version of Heaven Can Wait (1978) See more »

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One Time
By Vidal Davis, Eric Roberson & Jill Scott
Performed by Jill Scott featuring Eric Roberson
Courtesy of Hidden Beach Recordings
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No guts, no glory
14 July 2001 | by (Lansdale, PA) – See all my reviews

To enjoy any fantasy comedy, the viewer must be able to suspend disbelief. It is impossible to suspend disbelief for Down to Earth.

Why do we see Chris Rock as Chris Rock, when everyone around him sees him as Charles Wellington, rich, fat white man? Why? Because the producers thought they could make more money showcasing Rock, than having us see Rock as Wellington. It ruins much of the movie's attempted humor. For example, when Rock (as Wellington) uses the "N" word, black folks who hear him become furious, and we have to remember that he is supposedly this rich, fat white man.

The film does have some funny moments, and Regina King is attractive as the love interest. It could have been really good, though.


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