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

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

Goofs

After Peter tries to lock Charlean outside of the house when he first meets her, and she is yelling in the yard. When he tackles her and then throws her in the pushes she says "wait, my shoes". After telling the noisy neighbor that everything is fine and as Peter starts walking her back inside from the shot from outside of the house Peter has nothing in his hands. But when they step in side he magically has one of her shoes in his hand and sets it on the table. See more »

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Charlene Morton: [to Peter] You lock me out, no money, no place to go, a sister got to get her cheese on.
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Thanks to residents of McCadden Place. See more »

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Simply Irresistible
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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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