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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 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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Comedy | Fantasy

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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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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Lance Barton: I had a hard enough time trying to get this girl as a rich white man. Do you know how hard it's gonna be to try to get her as a broke black man?
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Version of Heaven Can Wait (1978) See more »

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Up Against the Wall
By Steven Howse & Darren Hubbard
Performed by L-Burna (a.k.a. Layzie Bone)
Courtesy of Ruthless Records
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amusing at times
25 February 2001 | by (Misssouri) – See all my reviews

Down to Earth is a sporadically funny movie starring Chris Rock. I thought the idea was creative (even though it is basically a remake of Heaven Can Wait). Rock is hilarious at times and so are some of the others. However, something is missing and I'm not sure what it is. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the film and happen to be a big Chris Rock fan. It just needed a little more. You can probably wait until video to see it.


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