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Jason Filardi (written by)
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Release Date:
7 March 2003 (USA) See more »
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Everything he needed to know about life, she learned in prison. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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Light sketch comedy/drama See more (232 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve Martin ... Peter Sanderson

Queen Latifah ... Charlene Morton

Eugene Levy ... Howie Rottman

Joan Plowright ... Virginia Arness

Jean Smart ... Kate Sanderson

Kimberly J. Brown ... Sarah Sanderson

Angus T. Jones ... Georgey Sanderson

Missi Pyle ... Ashley

Michael Rosenbaum ... Todd Gendler

Betty White ... Mrs. Kline

Steve Harris ... Widow

Jim Haynie ... Ed Tobias
Aengus James ... Mike

Jernard Burks ... Widow's Bodyguard

Bronzell Miller ... Widow's Bodyguard

Matt Lutz ... Aaron

Randy Oglesby ... FBI Agent

Jesse Corti ... Italian FBI Agent
Smalls ... Doorman

Victor Webster ... Glen

Teddy Lane Jr. ... Big Man

Vincent M. Ward ... Big Man

Michael Ensign ... Daniel Barnes

Tracey Cherelle Jones ... Sofia

Josh Waters ... College Party Boy

Anne Fletcher ... Saleslady

John Prosky ... Male Commentator
Alonzo Bodden ... Bear
Seth Howard ... Caddy

Diana Carreno ... Hip Hopper
Tim Stevenson ... Hip Hopper
Eddie Garcia ... Hip Hopper

Sundy Carter ... Flygirl
Anne Bellamy ... Hostess
Robin Michelle McClamb ... Bartender

Walter Addison ... Mr. Kline
Gina Morelli ... Rosa
Seth Altschull ... Waiter

Deezer D ... Heavy Guy

Kelly Price ... Nightclub Singer
Candace Jackson ... Backup Singer
Erika Nuri ... Backup Singer
Faida Amana Brigham ... Down Low Dancer
Aminah Abdul-Jillil ... Down Low Dancer
Barry Lee Youngblood ... Down Low Dancer

Cris Judd ... Down Low Dancer (as Cristian L. Judd)
Oscar Orosco ... Down Low Dancer (as Oscar L. Orosoco)
Garland Spencer ... Down Low Dancer (as Garland R. Spencer)
Montrose Hagins ... Charlene's Neighbor

Laura Grady ... Hotel Hostess (as Laura Grady Peterson)
Linus the Dog ... William Shakespeare
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Erik Betts ... House Guest #4 (uncredited)

Christianna Carmine ... Club Goer (uncredited)

Joseph J. Dawson ... Paramedic (uncredited)
Whayne Jerome-Clayton ... Club Goer (uncredited)
Daymond Johnson ... Partygoer (uncredited)

Michelle McGinty ... Attorney in Photo (uncredited)
Lucas Meyers ... Valet (uncredited)

Directed by
Adam Shankman 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Jason Filardi (written by)

Produced by
Ashok Amritraj .... producer
Jane Bartelme .... executive producer
Cookie Carosella .... associate producer
David Hoberman .... producer
Queen Latifah .... executive producer
Todd Lieberman .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
Julio Macat (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gerald B. Greenberg  (as Jerry Greenberg)
 
Casting by
Victoria Thomas 
 
Production Design by
Linda DeScenna 
 
Art Direction by
James Nedza  (as Jim Nedza)
 
Set Decoration by
Ric McElvin 
 
Costume Design by
Pamela Withers  (as Pamela Withers-Chilton)
 
Makeup Department
Felicity Bowring .... key makeup artist
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist: Mr. Martin
Lynda Gurasich .... key hair stylist
Maggie Hayes-Jackson .... hair stylist: second unit (as Maggie Hayes)
Amy Schmiederer .... assistant makeup artist
Julie Taylor .... hair stylist: Queen Latifah
Lisa Layman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Daryl Kass .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa J. Bloch .... first assistant director: second unit (as Lisa Bloch-Tobey)
Lisa J. Bloch .... second assistant director (as Lisa Bloch-Tobey)
Courtney Franklin .... dga trainee (as Courtney M. Franklin)
Conte Matal .... second assistant director: helicopter unit
John Medlen .... second unit director
Bradley Morris .... second second assistant director: second unit
John Pontrelli .... second second assistant director
Hillary Schwartz .... second assistant director: second unit
Daniel Silverberg .... first assistant director
Daniel Silverberg .... first assistant director: helicopter unit
 
Art Department
Adam Austin .... assistant props
Mark Boucher .... swing gang
Nancy Deren .... set designer
Dennis DeWaay .... construction coordinator (as Dennis Dewaay)
Alan Easley .... set designer
Steve Fegley .... construction foreman
Ellen Freund .... property master
Nancy Gilmore .... leadman
Richard Girod Jr. .... stand-by painter
William Livingston .... construction foreman
Ray Lopez .... plaster foreman (as Ray T. Lopez)
John McElroy .... on-set dresser
Anthony Paronelli .... paint foreman (as Tony Paronelli)
Roxanne Reaver .... construction accountant
Rich Romig .... set designer
David Saltzman .... assistant property master
Randy Severino .... swing gang
Mitch Sutton .... art department coordinator
Earl Thielen .... props: second unit
Mark Tuttle .... swing gang
Kirk Essiambre .... set dresser (uncredited)
David Loitz .... set dresser (uncredited)
Robert G. Newhouse .... on-set greensman (uncredited)
Marc Tantin .... propmaker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert Carr .... sound re-recordist (as Bob Carr)
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Julie Feiner .... dialogue editor (as Julie Finer)
Donald Flick .... sound editor
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer
Shawn Ian Kerkhoff .... assistant sound editor (as Shawn Kerkhoff)
Cliff Latimer .... adr supervisor
Cliff Latimer .... dialogue supervisor
Alan E. Lorimer .... sound effects coordinator
Laura Macias .... foley artist
David MacMillan .... sound mixer
Harrison D. Marsh .... boom operator
James Matheny .... dialogue editor (as Jim Matheny)
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Kevin E. Patterson .... utility sound (as Kevin Patterson)
Terry Rodman .... sound re-recording mixer
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Mary Ruth Smith .... sound editor (as Mary R. Smith)
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
David A. Whittaker .... supervising sound editor (as David Whittaker)
Amy Hammer .... mix facility coordinator (uncredited)
Rick Mitchell .... foley editor (uncredited)
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Erin Michael Rettig .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Clint Smith .... post sound intern (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
James Fredburg .... special effects supervisor: second unit (as Jim Fredberg)
Alan E. Lorimer .... special effects coordinator
James Lorimer .... special effects technician: second unit
Floyd Van Wey .... special effects technician: second unit (as F. Van Way)
 
Visual Effects by
Michael Curtis .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Elle Alexander .... stunts
Steve Baruch .... stunts
Barbara Bernhardt .... stunts
Erik Betts .... stunts
Jwaundace Candece .... stunts
Chris Daniels .... stunts
Mary Fallick .... stunts
Tom Harper .... stunts
David Hugghins .... stunts
Robert Jauregui .... stunts (as Bob Jauregui)
Ben Jensen .... stunts
Ron McCord .... stunts
John Medlen .... stunt coordinator
David Morizot .... stunts (as David M. Morizot)
Michael Roberts .... stunts
Von L. Roddy .... stunts (as Von Roddy)
Larnell Stovall .... stunts
C.C. Taylor .... stunts
Jennifer Van Shay .... stunts (as Jennifer Van Shea)
William Washington .... stunts
Elle Alexander .... stunt double: Missi Pyle (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Alden .... rigging grip
Michael Anderson .... key grip
Audie Aragon .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Michael Arvanitis .... rigging electrician: second unit (as Michael Arvanitas)
Connie Boylan .... on-camera music contractor
Tom Cantrell .... rigging electrician: second unit (as T. Contrell)
David Chameides .... Steadicam operator: "b" camera
Trey Clinesmith .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
David E. Diano .... camera operator: "a" camera (as David Diano)
Malcolm Doran II .... second company grip
Sam Emerson .... still photographer (as S. Young Emerson)
Rod Farley .... grip
John Fine .... electrician (as Johnny Fine)
Lonnie S. Gatlin .... best boy electric (as Lonnie Gatlin)
Adam Glick .... electrician: second unit
Steve Graves .... grip
Michael Hildebranch .... camera technician: helicopter
Douglas S. Holgate .... camera operator: helicopter unit (as Doug Holgate)
Jason Jensen .... second assistant camera: second unit
Johnny E. Jensen .... director of photography: helicopter unit (as Johnny Jensen)
Johnny E. Jensen .... director of photography: second unit (as Johnny Jensen)
Ralph Johnson .... rigging best boy
Ralph Johnson .... rigging best boy: second unit
William T. Jones .... rigging grip
Eugene B. Kerry .... grip (as Gene Kerry)
Craig Kohlhoff .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Bob E. Krattiger .... gaffer (as Robert Krattiger)
James E. Krattiger .... electrician (as Jim Krattiger)
Glen Magers .... electrician
Tim Marshall .... rigging gaffer
Tim Marshall .... rigging gaffer: second unit
Wayne Marshall .... electrician: second unit
Wayne Marshall .... rigging electrician
Gary Mayer .... electrician: second unit
Rob Morey .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Paul Murphey .... video assist operator
Don Nesmith .... electrician (as Donald Nesmith)
Walter Nichols .... gaffer: second unit
Andrew Parke .... first assistant camera: second unit
Bruce Rake .... rigging electrician: second unit
Christopher Reynolds .... grip
David Richert .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Kenny Schneider .... electrician (as Kenneth Schneider)
Don Selsor .... rigging key grip
Jason Selsor .... rigging grip
Andy Shuttleworth .... Steadicam operator: "b" camera
Bill Slemmons .... grip (as Bill Blemmons)
Ralph Stiers .... electrician: second unit
Ralph Stiers .... rigging electrician
Michael Strong .... best boy rigging grip (as Mike Strong)
Michael Strong .... rigging grip: second unit (as Mike Strong)
Renee Treyball .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Reneé Treyball)
Melvin 'Butch' Von Bulow .... dolly grip: "b" camera (as Butch Von Bulow)
Marq Edwards .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Fine .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Lee Rose .... lighting designer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Nicole Abellera .... casting assistant
Kim Coleman .... casting associate
Terri Douglas .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Virginia Burton .... costume supervisor
Jennifer Dozier .... costumer
Jill Korengold .... set costumer
Tom Macdonald .... costumer: Mr. Martin (as Tom MacDonald)
Julie Shack .... costume production assistant
Eric Van Wagoner .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Patrick J. Barry .... apprentice editor
Glenn Cocco .... first assistant editor: avid
Danny Miller .... first assistant editor (as Dan Miller)
David Orr .... color timer
Don Thompson .... second assistant editor
Paul Springer .... post-production coordinator: Dolby Laboratories Inc. (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Tim Boot .... supervising music mixer (as Timothy Boot)
Gustavo Borner .... score mixer
Gustavo Borner .... score recordist
Frank Capp .... orchestra contractor
Ruy Folguera .... music programmer
Darrell Hall .... music editor
Ira Hearshen .... orchestrator (as Ira Heashen)
Geoff Levin .... music programmer
Frank Macchia .... music preparation
Michael McQuarn .... music supervisor
Seth Rappaport .... music coordinator
John E. Rhone .... music coordinator (as John Rhone)
Booker White .... music preparation
Reggie Wilson .... orchestra contractor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Bruce Chianese .... music programmer (uncredited)
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Mike Buenfil .... transportation captain
Chris Haynes .... driver
Griff Ruggles .... transportation coordinator
Robbie Stinton .... transportation captain
Alberto Coto .... driver (uncredited)
Scott Horwitz .... transportation assistant (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ellen Adolph .... production accountant
Molly Allen .... location manager
Julie Asbury .... production assistant
Stacy Basil .... animal wrangler (as Stacy M. Basil)
LaWanda Black .... assistant: Queen Latifah (as Lawanda 'LB' Black)
Matthew Boeka .... production assistant (as Matt Boeka)
Briana Burke .... assistant location manager
Teena Byl .... assistant: Mr. Bartelme (as Teena Deocales)
Jamale Case .... set medic: second unit
Ryan Chavez .... production assistant
John Chisolm .... studio teacher
Shakim Compere .... dialogue consultant
Steve Curtiss .... production assistant
Solo Douglas .... production assistant
Erin Engman .... assistant production coordinator
Anne Fletcher .... choreographer
Tony Fonseca .... production assistant
Darryl French .... dialogue consultant (as Latee French)
Jenny Fumarolo .... production secretary
Eddie Garcia .... additional choreographer
Marc A. Hammer .... production coordinator
Cris Judd .... additional choreographer
Shelley Kirkwood .... unit publicist (as Shelly Kirkwood)
Gary Levy .... first assistant accountant
Heidi Lewis .... accounting assistant (as Heidi G. Lewis)
Richard Lyons .... theatrical consultant: Queen Latifah
Tracy Mallozzi .... assistant: Mr. Martin (as Tracy Mallozi)
Marlene Marks .... payroll accountant
Peter McKernan Sr. .... helicopter pilot (as Peter J. McKernan Sr.)
Peter McKernan .... helicopter pilot (as Peter J. McKernan Jr.)
Kerry Lyn McKissick .... script supervisor: second unit (as Lyn McKissick)
Kim Meade .... assistant: Mr. Hoberman
Lucas Meyers .... assistant: Mr. Shankman
Andrea Milford .... assistant: Mr. Lieberman
Joe Morganella .... production assistant
Justin Nelson .... assistant: Mr. Amritraj
Canyon Prince .... production assistant
Sharron Reynolds .... script supervisor (as Sharron Reynolds-Enriquez)
Aaron Roberts .... production assistant
Trevett Robertson .... production assistant (as Iain Robertson)
Kei Rowan-Young .... assistant location manager
Angie Ryan .... second assistant accountant
Scott Sellers .... post-production accountant
John Shaughnessy .... assistant location manager
Dana Wagner .... production assistant
Lois Walker .... production coordinator
Ilene Waterstone .... assistant: Mr. Martin
Jennifer Weiland .... production assistant
Rick Whitfield .... video computer coordinator
Aaron Wolf .... production assistant
John 'Magic' Wright .... craft service
Naomi Yospe .... production secretary
John Zinskey .... craft service: second unit
Allan Bragg .... stand-in: Steve Martin (uncredited)
Mike Crotty .... production assistant (uncredited)
Heather I. Denton .... extras coordinator (uncredited)
Ben Dietz .... production assistant to producers (uncredited)
Baron Jay .... stand-in (uncredited)
Christian Lavery .... body double (uncredited)
Ryan Moorman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michalla Petersen .... voice-over artist (uncredited)
Julia M. Sauder .... production assistant: re-shoot (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual humor and drug material
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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 »
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Continuity: When Peter picks up Charlene and tells her that she was set up, she is wearing a skirt with a cut in the back. When she shows up at Mrs. Arness' home with Howie, she's wearing a skirt with cuts all around.See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Kline:We have to brush your hair differently. You look like a fag.See more »
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13 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Light sketch comedy/drama, 10 February 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

Tax lawyer Peter Sanderson (Steve Martin) has been falling for Charlene Morton (Queen Latifah) over the Internet. She's sent him a picture of herself, but she was just a tiny figure in the background, being led out of a courthouse in jail clothes and cuffs by two cops, while in the foreground, there was a young, thin, white yuppie-looking female lawyer talking to a reporter. Sanderson believes that Charlene is the yuppie and arranges a date. Of course he's surprised at Charlene's appearance (Latifah is black, "thick" and streetwise in the film) and the fact that she's a con who has done time. Charlene's motivation is to acquire affordable, quality legal services to clean up her record--she swears she's innocent.

Ostensibly a film that would comically explore the serious issue of racism (and other kinds of appearance preconceptions) between two very different communities, Bringing Down the House is more a series of loosely tied gags. It plays like a sketch film, with the theme/subtext as a unifying factor. At that, the gags or sketches are mostly successful, although the film is not quite funny enough to work as an outrageous comedy and not quite serious enough to work as a "message film", even though it may occasionally come close on both accounts.

The three members of the principle cast--Martin, Latifah and Eugene Levy--are good, with Levy being underused, but for me, some of the best material arrived with the supporting cast. Joan Plowright as the wealthy Mrs. Arness, Kimberly J. Brown as Peter's former sister-in-law Sarah, and Betty White as Mrs. Kline, Peter's neighbor all routinely stole the show when they appeared. They were given the most outrageous material, with Arness and Kline being particularly racist. White's character is similar in tone to her excellent supporting role in Lake Placid (1999), although she was underused here.

For some, it may be an asset that the film tries to veer away from becoming cartoonish. I think it would have benefited from moving further into absurdist territory--for my tastes, even though Martin has had many great films, he has never surpassed The Jerk (1979), but that's too much of a personal preference for me to really count it as a flaw. It's also interesting that scripter Jason Filardi tries to work in a mostly serious crime/drama subplot towards the climax, but it's a bit too little, too late, and is an odd change of tone, even though the comedy bits surrounding the subplot are good. On the serious side, other than the material about racism, the strongest aspect is that Charlene teaches Peter how to be a better parent and family man. A couple scenes on that end were actually moving.

Overall, Bringing Down the House is a bit of a mixed bag, but approached as a light "sketch comedy/drama", it is entertaining. My rating occasionally leaned towards a 7, but remained closer to a 7.5 or 8.

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