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 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.


Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sexual humor and some drug references | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

16 February 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Was Made to Love Her  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£1,891,612 (UK) (6 July 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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The comedian Joe Guy in this film is taken from the real-life comedians, brothers Joe Torry and Guy Torry. See more »


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 »


Lance Barton: We're goin' in there. If you can walk, let's walk. If you can't walk, it's time to roll. If you have crutches, then crutch your ass in there!
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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »


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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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