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Bringing Down the House (2003)

PG-13 | | 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 won a billion dollar client. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Bring it. March 7. See more »

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

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Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$132,541,238 (USA) (25 July 2003)
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Trivia

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

Near the end when the car pulls up to the house, there is a line of parking meters with a fire hydrant sitting right in between two of them with no extra space. See more »

Quotes

Peter Sanderson: [to Ashley] Why don't you go back to the vodka bottle you crawled out of?
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to residents of McCadden Place. See more »

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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.64 (2011) See more »

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Ain't Nobody
(1983)
Written by Hawk Wolinski (as David J. Woliniski)
Produced by Rick Dutch Cousin
Performed by Kelly Price
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Really something, Boo.
18 March 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

OK, so the white-yuppie-and-black-ghetto-person-joining-up idea has been used a number of times in movies, but the dialog between Steve Martin and Queen Latifah makes this one worthwhile. Probably the best scenes are Betty White's nasty comments, Queen Latifah teaching Missi Pyle a lesson, Steve Martin dressed - and attempting to talk - like a rapper (especially because of what Joan Plowright ends up doing in that scene), and of course, Eugene Levy's statements ending with "Boo". "Bringing Down the House" really does bring down the house. Completely silly, but fun nevertheless.

Who ever would have imagined Joan Plowright (aka Laurence Olivier's widow) doing what she did and saying what she said in the rapper scene?


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