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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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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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$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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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 »

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Before talking to Lance, one of the two maids lights up a cigarette. In the next shot, the cigarette disappears from her hand. See more »

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Lance Barton: There's a big rap concert in the Bronx tonight. Somebody's gonna die.
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Terrific and funny movie starring Chris Rock!
18 August 2001 | by (Vienna, Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

DOWN TO EARTH, in my opinion, is a terrific and funny movie starring Chris Rock! It left a big smile on my face! The funniest things about this movie, in my opinion, were Lance's (Chris Rock - DOCTOR DOLITTLE, BOOMERANG) stand-up routines -- Especially the ones he did at the Apollo. If you ask me, that's the perfect place for a stand-up comic to do their routines. I thought that Sontee (Regina King - ENEMY OF THE STATE, A THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE) looked absolutely beautiful in all of the dressy clothing she wore -- Especially the attire she wore whenever she and Lance went out on a date. When this movie is for sale on VHS, I'm going to buy it. In conclusion, if you're a fan of Chris Rock and you haven't seen this terrific and funny movie starring him, I recommend it! You're in for a real treat and lots of laughs, so, go out to the video store, rent it or buy it, kick back with a friend, and watch it.


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