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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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7 March 2003 (USA)  »

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$33,000,000 (estimated)

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$31,101,026 (USA) (9 March 2003)

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$132,716,677 (USA)
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In one of Steve Martin's early comedy skits, he can't pronounce the word "abominable". Mrs. Arness, near the end when she is "stoned", struggles in a similar way to say the word "abominably" See more »

Goofs

When Peter takes Mrs. Arness, her dog William, and golf caddy out for a game of golf, there seems to be an extra player in their foursome. In the golf cart, sitting just behind the four, is a woman wearing a hat, taking off her socks. The woman is dressed exactly like Mrs. Arness. The woman then disappears entirely after Mrs. Arness takes a swing (she is Mrs. Arness' stunt double). See more »

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Ashley: Oh, I can't talk about it 'cause gangsta people will come to my house and cut me.
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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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Where's the Love
Written by Tommie 'Bishop' McLaughlin (as Bishop), 'Marsha Ambrosius (I)' and Natalie Stewart
Produced by Tommie 'Bishop' McLaughlin (as Bishop)
Performed by Floetry
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records
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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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