Bringing Down the House (2003) - Plot Summary Poster

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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
  • Peter Sanderson is an ordinary lawyer who has an on-line buddy named Lawyer-Girl. But when Peter finally meets Lawyer-Girl, she turns out to be Charlene Morton, a convict who was arrested for armed robbery, and she needs his help because she claims she didn't do it. In the meantime, Peter is meeting his new rich client whom he tries hard not to make a bad impression on, deal with his neighbor/boss's sister, go through a divorce, and handle two kids, along with the fact that Peter's best friend has fallen in love with Charlene.

    - Written by <MikeAce9@aol.com>
  • Tax attorney Peter Sanderson meets a woman online by the name of Charlene. He expects to meet a blonde haired, blue eyed attorney. What he gets is an African-American woman on the lam from prison. Charlene comes to Peter to ask his help in trying to find out who was responsible for framing her for armed robbery. In the meantime she turns his life upside down by introducing him to a side of himself that is much different from the uptight WASP he is.

    - Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>
  • A lawyer, who is too wrapped up in his work for his family and thus is estranged from his wife, takes up with a woman on a computer chat line that he thinks is a blonde attorney. Instead she turns out to be an escaped con, Charlene, who claims to be innocent. Through a chain of threats, she coerces the lawyer into helping prove her innocence. In doing so, she also helps him rediscover his own life. Peter's lawyer friend becomes infatuated with Charlene. There's also an uptight heiress with a bulldog named William Shakespeare, who is being pursued as a client by Peter's law office.

    - Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net
  • 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.

    - Written by Schleppy


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