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Down to Earth (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 26 July 2001 (Germany)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Quon
Mario Joyner ...
Apollo M.C.
Gospel Singer
Martha Chaves ...
Charles Wellington, III


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:

26 July 2001 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

I Was Made to Love Her  »

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Box Office


$49,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,027,309, 18 February 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an early scene, Mrs. Wellington (Jennifer Coolidge) and Sklar (Greg Germann) are about to have sex on a pool table. In American Pie (1999), Coolidge's character played a woman who had sex on a pool table with a younger man. See more »


At the beginning of the day that Sontee and Wellington have their first date, her hair is parted on the right. When she is kneeling down after he gets knocked out, her hair is parted on the left. Later that evening, in front of her apartment, her hair is parted on the right again. See more »


Lance Barton: Shut up before I crush you with my wallet!
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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »


By Rene Tromborg & Rasmus Billie Bahncke
Courtesy of C & J Music
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A total snore
30 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

We rented it and I wasn't expecting much in the first place. . It just looked like it would be another one of the endless comedies that come out every year. This one should not have been on the big screen, nor should it have gone straight to video. It was horrible!! I like Chris Rock, his stand up is hilarious, and I loved him as Nat X on Saturday Night Live, and he was good in New Jack City. But if he's going to be an actor, then do some acting. .not that it was bad, but the material was terrible.

The story was as predictable as can be. . The worst parts were when they tried to get the audience emotionally involved, they tried to get us to care about these characters. WTF? We don't want "Steel Magnolias" or "Beaches", we want Chris Rock to be funny! He wasn't. . it was LAME. Common sense would dictate that we, the audience, should see rock as the white man, and hear him as the white man, doing the stand up. THAT would have been funny.

Anyway, this was pretty damn bad. 5/10 at best.. NOT funny, just a waste of time, but thank god it was pretty short.

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