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Down to Earth (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 16 February 2001 (USA)
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After dying before his time, an aspiring black comic gets a second shot at life - by being placed in the body of a wealthy white businessman.

Directors:

Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Rock ... Lance Barton
Regina King ... Sontee Jenkins
Chazz Palminteri ... King
Eugene Levy ... Keyes
Frankie Faison ... Whitney Daniels
Mark Addy ... Cisco
Greg Germann ... Sklar
Jennifer Coolidge ... Mrs. Wellington
Wanda Sykes ... Wanda
John Cho ... Phil Quon
Mario Joyner ... Apollo M.C.
Bryetta Calloway ... Gospel Singer
Martha Chaves Martha Chaves ... Rosa
Brian Rhodes ... Charles Wellington, III
Herb Lovelle ... Trashman
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Storyline

It seems everyone is trying to get into heaven; at least those whose time is up. For Lance Barton, a struggling comedian and bicycle messenger, it's the last thing on his mind. His due date upstairs is 50 years away. In the meantime, he's got big dreams to pursue on Earth, such as landing a slot at the final Amateur Night Contest at the famed Apollo Theatre. Lance's has one little problem though - he ain't that funny. Thanks to an over-cautious emissary from heaven, Mr. Keyes, he's going to get hit (literally) with a much bigger problem. Showing that even God has difficulty finding good help these days, the inept minion mistakenly plucks Lance from a traffic accident - before it takes place. Transporting him to the Pearly Gates, or more accurately, the velvet roped-lines of the hottest club around, the error is finally addressed by Mr. King, the streetwise, no-nonsense head angel who manages the place from his plush windowed office. Since returning to his own body on Earth is ... Written by Gilbert lee

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Taglines:

A story of premature reincarnation.

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sexual humor and some drug references | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany | Canada | Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Was Made to Love Her See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$49,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,027,309, 18 February 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$64,186,502

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,186,502
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Runtime:

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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The comedian Joe Guy in this film is taken from the real-life comedians, brothers Joe Torry and Guy Torry. See more »

Goofs

While traveling to Harlem, Wellington's limo is shown going through Times Square. Both 7th Avenue and Broadway are southbound streets, however Harlem is in the northeast corner of Manhattan. See more »

Quotes

Lance Barton: Shut up before I crush you with my wallet!
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Connections

References Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker (1999) See more »

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Waffle
Written & Performed by Sevendust
Courtesy of TVT Records
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Not his best film, but it isn't as bad as you'd think
16 February 2001 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

Chris Rock is funny in this film, even if most of the rest of what he's surrounded isn't. Rock has been able to elivate films with his outstanding supporting roles including them in New Jack City, Dogma and Nurse Betty (Betty and Dogma actually getting such a boost by him they got in my top ten lists), but here, he is brought on the second time in a starring role. While he is slightly funnier here than in CB4, he isn't as good as he could've been.

What Rock stars in is a remake of a remake that is probably from a play and that might also be a flaw. Rock and his staff of writers (ie Chris Rock show) do what they can with they're script about a flawful comedian named Lance who gets sent up to heaven to early and is sent back in a body for a short while, except the body is white. While many of the scenes with Rock as Lance inside the old white guy aren't laugh out loud funny, they are interesting for me being a Chris Rock fan (seeing a man like the one Chris gets himself into telling his famous Black Mall skit had me thinking while laughing). Not always on the money, to say the least, but it isn't a waste of total time. B


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