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Bringing Down the House (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 7 March 2003 (USA)
When a lonely guy meets a woman on the internet who happens to be in prison, she breaks out to get him to prove her innocence, 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 won a billion dollar client. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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

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$33,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$132,541,238 (USA) (25 July 2003)
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Steve Martin, Angus T. Jones, and Missi Pyle are from Texas. Queen Latifah is from New Jersey, Eugene Levy is from Canada, Jean Smart is from Washington, Kimberley J. Brown is from Maryland, and Joan Plowright is from England. See more »

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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 »

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Peter Sanderson: [to Ashley] Why don't you go back to the vodka bottle you crawled out of?
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Thanks to residents of McCadden Place. See more »

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Referenced in Kyle XY: Bringing Down the House (2009) See more »

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Let Go
Written by Just Blaze, Eve and Frankie Beverly
Produced by Just Blaze
Performed by Eve
Courtesy of Ruff Ryders/Interscope Records
Contains a sample from "Before I Let Go" (1981)
Performed by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
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A Funny Comedy With Many Good Moments
21 September 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Peter Sanderson (Steve Martin) is a divorced workaholic lawyer, who spends his time working and in a chat room for lawyers in Internet, where he meets the young lawyer Charlene Morton. He has a teenager daughter and a son, and misses his wife Kate (Jean Smart). One day, he schedules a dinner at his home with the pretty and blonde Charlene, of whom he has a picture only. When he opens his door, he sees that Charlene is indeed a huge Afro-American woman (Queen Latifah), who was in jail and wants him to defend her, claiming that she is innocent. Charlene forces Peter to lodge and defend her, and from this moment on, his life turns upside-down. This movie is a very funny comedy, with many good moments. For example, when his teenager daughter trusts on him and decides to tell him other hidden stories about her, it is hilarious. Or when Peter opens the door and sees Charlene for the first time. There are many other funny scenes. Of course there are also many clichés, this film is not a surrealistic art movie and certainly will not be indicated for an Oscar. But I laughed a lot with the situations created by Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy and Joan Plowright. Highly recommended for laughing. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): 'A Casa Caiu' ('The House is Down')


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