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Down to Earth (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 16 February 2001 (USA)
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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16 February 2001 (USA)  »

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I Was Made to Love Her  »

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$49,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$64,172,251 (USA) (1 June 2001)
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Chris Rock was inspired to remake Heaven Can Wait (1978) after he heard that Muhammad Ali originally pursued to star in that film. Rock then thought that Richard Pryor would have been great in the role and changed the main character into an African-American comedian. See more »

Goofs

When Wellington catches his wife and assistant on the pool table, the gold billiard ball over his wife's shoulder moves from the corner pocket, off to the side, and then back to the corner pocket. See more »

Quotes

Lance Barton: You know, the first kiss is always in the middle of a sentence. It's always like, "Tomorrow I'm going to the zoo to see the monkeys and..."
[kiss]
Sontee Jenkins: Or it could be like..."Did you hear about that new war in Russia? I heard..."
[kiss]
Lance Barton: So I can call you, right? I mean, just to talk.
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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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Someone To Love You
By Cory Rooney
Performed by Ruff Endz
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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