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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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lawyer | divorce | bar fight | party | gun | See more »

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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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$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 »

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The cable to the squib is seen running down from Charlene's foot as she falls backward on the couch in slow motion. See more »

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Mrs. Arness: I do believe I'm stoned.
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Whatcha' Gonna Do
Written by Jelly Roll (as David Drew), Foxy Brown, Adrian Belew,
Chris Frantz (as Christopher Frantz), Steven Stanley & Tina Weymouth (as Martina Weymouth)
Produced by Jelly Roll
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Beware of who you meet in the chat room.
20 March 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This film, although badly reviewed by many people, proves to be a fun time at the movies. Adam Shankman and Jason Filardi have teamed up to give the viewers lots of laughs. It's hard not to be amused by what's being presented even though it might not be the greatest, or the funniest picture.

Queen Latifah has more charisma in her ample body than any other actress working in American films these days. She never gives a bad performance. This is quite a stretch from her role in Chicago; in fact, she steals the film with her charm. She can hold up her own against her co-star.

Steve Martin seems to blend himself into this joke of a lawyer, who is so uptight and anal that he never has enough time for his children. He has some hysterical scenes at the hip hop club playing an Eminem-type character, outdancing everyone. Mr. Martin's experience in the chat room brings him a lot more than he bargained for: the irrisistible Charlene, who turns his life upside down.

Eugene Levy has some bright moments as Steve Martin's friend in the firm. Joan Plowright repeats herself into the role of the ogre with a heart of gold, once she loosens up with the right kind of smoke. The rest of the cast is good, working with the material they're given to perform.

If you are trying to get away from the horrible news being bombarded at us these days, this is the film for you.


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