5.5/10
29,410
234 user 121 critic

Bringing Down the House (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 7 March 2003 (USA)
Trailer
2:16 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
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.

Director:

Writer:

4 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Last Holiday (2006)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy woman (Queen Latifah) decides to sell off all her possessions and live it up at a posh European hotel.

Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton
Beauty Shop (2005)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A determined hairstylist (Queen Latifah) competes with her former boss (Kevin Bacon) after opening her own business in Atlanta.

Director: Bille Woodruff
Stars: Queen Latifah, Alicia Silverstone, Djimon Hounsou
Just Wright (2010)
Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A physical therapist falls for the basketball player she is helping recover from a career-threatening injury.

Director: Sanaa Hamri
Stars: Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In this sequel, George Banks deals not only with the pregnancy of his daughter, but also with the unexpected pregnancy of his wife.

Director: Charles Shyer
Stars: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

With his oldest daughter's wedding approaching, a father finds himself reluctant to let go.

Director: Charles Shyer
Stars: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short
Taxi I (2004)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A mouthy and feisty taxicab driver has hot tips for a green and inept cop set on solving a string of New York City bank robberies committed by a quartet of female Brazilian bank robbers.

Director: Tim Story
Stars: Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon, Gisele Bündchen
Mad Money (2008)
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Three female employees of the Federal Reserve plot to steal money that is about to be destroyed.

Director: Callie Khouri
Stars: Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes
HouseSitter (1992)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Con artist Gwen moves into Newton's empty house without his knowledge, and begins setting up house posing as his new wife.

Director: Frank Oz
Stars: Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, Dana Delany
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

The remake of the 1970 Neil Simon comedy follows the adventures of a couple, Henry and Nancy Clark, vexed by misfortune while in New York City for a job interview.

Director: Sam Weisman
Stars: Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, John Cleese
Bowfinger (1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When a desperate movie producer fails to get a major star for his bargain basement film, he decides to shoot the film secretly around him.

Director: Frank Oz
Stars: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham
Sgt. Bilko (1996)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Sgt. Bilko is in charge of the Motor Pool at an Army base. He's also a good-natured con man, providing gambling facilities for the soldiers on base. When an old enemy from his past shows up... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Lynn
Stars: Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Phil Hartman
Novocaine (2001)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him & steals all of the drugs from his practice.

Director: David Atkins
Stars: Steve Martin, Helena Bonham Carter, Chelcie Ross
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Widow
...
Ed Tobias
Aengus James ...
Mike
...
Widow's Bodyguard
...
Widow's Bodyguard
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Bring it. March 7. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

In the Houze  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,101,026 (USA) (7 March 2003)

Gross:

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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, Charlene is in the new office with Howie and closes the blind. In the next shot, a long shot from a helicopter, the blind is clearly open. See more »

Quotes

Aaron: Hey, hey, hey. Watch the seats. No, I'm serious. It's leather.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Thanks to residents of McCadden Place. See more »

Connections

References The Jerry Springer Show (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Babe
(1973)
Written and Performed by Barry White
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
You got me straight-trippin' Steve!
13 June 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The arguments and opinions of many a film fan and film critic persist about Steve Martin's current position in Hollywood. Many of his doubters believe he is past it, his films becoming horribly run of the mill, turgid and, ultimately, unfunny. The opinions are jointly contributing to the downfall of a once treasured idol. But some have stood by him, myself included, through the thick black cloud that have rested over the white-haired maestro during the last few years of his illustrious career. And with his latest return to our screens, he's back to prove once and for all, that the wild and crazy guy is here to stay.

The film sees Martin as lawyer Peter Sanderson, recent divorcee and top-dog at his law firm, who now at the age of god-only-knows, decides to ditch his now "whack" existence, and goes 'net surfing for the perfect woman. He apparently strikes gold with a sex, slim blonde laywer he meets in a chat-room. But he is taken by surprise when his date arrives in the sexy, big-boned, brassy form of escaped convict Charlene (Queen Latifah). Entering his life with a strut that would make Oprah blush, Charlene attempts to convince Peter to re-open her case and help her clear her name. That's not before turning his life upside-down, and posing as his kids' nanny tries to help Peter reclaim that what he so dearly yearns for, his family and wife. How, ahem, sweet. And with all the tomfoolery that ensues comes a girl-on-girl "bitch-slapping" session between Charlene and Peter's sister-in-law, a drunken night of dancing and sexual awakening (believe me boys, you've never seen it this way before), and gangster parties louder than Martin's legendary bonnet.

Standing up to its title, "House" really is a treat. Martin, although not in full-on "wild and crazy guy" mode, is on typically top, crowd-pleasing form. His portrayal as the life-searching, middle-aged, toffee-nosed twit is inspired, managing to mix the side-splittingly funny with the touching and poignant to brilliant effect, recalling such affecting form he showed in "Parenthood" and "Bowfinger". Latifah, meanwhile, shows that she has the potential for greatness. her larger-than-life performance is uproarious, bringing charisma and buoyancy to a largely one-dimensional character. She is also quiet the vixen too. The support from Eugene Levy is also first-class. Playing Peter's best mate, who is "straight trippin'" over Charlene, Levy steals practically every scene he appears in, with his dead-pan humour and flawless timing providing the some of the films most painfully funny scenes.

The overall quality of the film is pretty standard stuff. The plot is nothing we haven't seen a thousand times before. The writer and director, while both efficient, don't really add anything fresh and exciting to the buddy comedy genre here. That said, when the films funny, it's an absolute hoot, with the cast stealing the show with marvellous chemistry, and giving us three of best comedic turns you're likely to see all year. Delightful **** (out of FIVE)


27 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
RACIST butterfinger
my favourite line, how about you? Kindella
He shudda ended up with Charlene because... denx
Racial? Why typecast? laurinK
Why did Steve Martin do this film? niquems
Prison Chat Rooms Mogley
Discuss Bringing Down the House (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?