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Bringing Down the House (2003)

 -  Comedy  -  7 March 2003 (USA)
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When a lonely guy meets a woman on the Internet who happens to be in prison, she breaks out to be with him, and proceeds to wreak havoc on his middle-class life.

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Peter Sanderson is a divorced, straight-laced, uptight attorney who still loves his ex-wife and can't figure out what he did wrong to make her leave him. However, Peter's trying to move on, and he's smitten with a brainy, bombshell barrister he's been chatting with online. However, when she comes to his house for their first face-to-face, she isn't refined, isn't Ivy League, and isn't even a lawyer. Instead, it's Charlene, a prison escapee who's proclaiming her innocence and wants Peter to help her clear her name. But Peter wants nothing to do with her, prompting the loud and shocking Charlene to turn Peter's perfectly ordered life upside down, jeopardizing his effort to get back with his wife and woo a billion dollar client. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Everything he needed to know about life, she learned in prison. See more »

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

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7 March 2003 (USA)  »

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In the Houze  »

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$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$360,146 (South Africa) (8 August 2003)

Gross:

$884,848 (South Africa) (12 September 2003)
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Trivia

Jason Filardi's original screenplay was entitled "Jailbabe.com". He had Adam Sandler and Angelina Jolie in mind when he first wrote it. See more »

Goofs

When Charlene uses the speed dial on Peter's cell phone, you can hear the tones as a number is being dialed. You can't hear the tones for the numbers if you do that in real life. See more »

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Mrs. Arness: [to Charlene] Oh, just one moment... you know, there's a lovely, sad, Negro spiritual...
[Sarah chokes on her food]
Mrs. Arness: Ivy's brother used to... uh, are you all right?
[Sarah nods weakly and takes a sip of her drink]
Mrs. Arness: Anyway, Ivy's brother used to sing this when he came in from the tobbaco fields...
[begins to sing]
Mrs. Arness: Mmmm..."Mama, is master going to sell us tomorrow? Yes, yes, yes! Mama, is master going to sell us tomorrow? Yes, yes, yes! Mama... is master going to sell ME to-mor-or-or-row..."
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Thanks to residents of McCadden Place. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Game Night: Orange Is the New Game Night (2014) See more »

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Jungle Love
(1983)
Written by Morris Day and Jesse Johnson
Performed by The Time
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Clichéd to the Core but Latifah, Martin and Plowright Add Their Own Touch
25 March 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

This is pretty much another one of those typical culture clash comedies where a streetsmart character meets the classy rich character, there's conflict and then the conflict is resolved and friendship blossoms, then there's another conflict but that too is resolved by the end. The story has been told x number of times. But what makes 'Bringing Down The House' likable is Queen Latifah, Steve Martin and Joan Plowright. These three provide some laugh-out-loud moments some including Martin and Latifah's dance number, Martin dressing and talking 'black', Queen Latifah and Missy Pyle's catfight and doing a break-dance, Plowright's pompous and stuck up character getting stoned, Peter's neighbour catching him and Charlene in a compromising position. The chemistry between Latifah and Martin is convincing and both have a good comic timing. Thus, even though the story has nothing new to offer, the funny moments make 'Bringing Down The House' fun to watch.


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