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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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Chazz Palminteri, as Mr. King, upon seeing the recently deceased body of Charles Wellington lying underwater comments "Nice bath tub". In Diabolique (1996) Palmenteri himself was "drowned" by his mistress and wife in a bathtub. See more »

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In the scene where Lance and Sontee are eating hot dogs, Sontee puts the hot dog in her mouth, then when the camera angle changes, she's bringing a whole hot dog to her mouth. See more »

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[reincarnated for the second time as 'Joe Guy', Lance tries to hail a taxi, but they keep driving past him]
Lance Barton: I'm a black again! I'm a black man!
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References Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Not his best film, but it isn't as bad as you'd think
16 February 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Chris Rock is funny in this film, even if most of the rest of what he's surrounded isn't. Rock has been able to elivate films with his outstanding supporting roles including them in New Jack City, Dogma and Nurse Betty (Betty and Dogma actually getting such a boost by him they got in my top ten lists), but here, he is brought on the second time in a starring role. While he is slightly funnier here than in CB4, he isn't as good as he could've been.

What Rock stars in is a remake of a remake that is probably from a play and that might also be a flaw. Rock and his staff of writers (ie Chris Rock show) do what they can with they're script about a flawful comedian named Lance who gets sent up to heaven to early and is sent back in a body for a short while, except the body is white. While many of the scenes with Rock as Lance inside the old white guy aren't laugh out loud funny, they are interesting for me being a Chris Rock fan (seeing a man like the one Chris gets himself into telling his famous Black Mall skit had me thinking while laughing). Not always on the money, to say the least, but it isn't a waste of total time. B


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