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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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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Chris Rock stated on Total Request Live (1998) that if the film grossed over $25 million during its opening weekend he would return to host that year's MTV Video Music Awards. The film ultimately fell short, grossing $20 million over the four day President's Day weekend. Jamie Foxx hosted that year's Video Music Awards though Rock returned to host in 2003. 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: You know, the first kiss is always in the middle of a sentence. It's always like, "Tomorrow I'm going to the zoo to see the monkeys and..."
[kiss]
Sontee Jenkins: Or it could be like..."Did you hear about that new war in Russia? I heard..."
[kiss]
Lance Barton: So I can call you, right? I mean, just to talk.
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Connections

Version of Heaven Can Wait (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Gin and Juice
By Snoop Dogg (as Cordozar Broadus) & Dr. Dre (as Andre Young)
Performed by Snoop Dogg
Courtesy of Death Row Records
Contains samples from "Watching You"
By Steve Arrington, Steve Washington, Raymond Turner, Daniel Webster & Mark Adams and "I Get Lifted"
By Harry Wayne Casey (as Harry Casey) & Richard Finch
Performed by KC & The Sunshine Band
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
And courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Chris Rock needs to stick to stand up comedy.
28 February 2001 | by cbenavidezSee all my reviews

There were some funny moments in this movie, but overall I was unimpressed. I recognize that this movie is supposed to be a comedy, but it really fell short of being funny. Why did they have to bring Rock back as an old white man. The old white man really had nothing to do with the movie. Rock didn't act like an old white man. He didn't look like the old white man (at least not to the audience). He didn't even seem like he was an old white man. Yet no one really cared.

Now, I know that this is supposed to be funny, but all I really felt was embarrassed.

Chris, until you can become a real actor, go back to stand up.


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