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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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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

In an early scene, Mrs. Wellington (Jennifer Coolidge) and Sklar (Greg Germann) are about to have sex on a pool table. In American Pie (1999), Coolidge's character played a woman who had sex on a pool table with a younger man. See more »

Goofs

When Wellington catches his wife and assistant on the pool table, the gold billiard ball over his wife's shoulder moves from the corner pocket, off to the side, and then back to the corner pocket. See more »

Quotes

Lance Barton: [As Charles Wellington, after offering Wanda a raise]
Lance Barton: Are you happy?
Wanda: I'm estatic.
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Connections

Features DMX: Ruff Ryders' Anthem (1998) See more »

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With You
By Angel Lopez
Performed by Son By Four
Courtesy of Sony Discos
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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24 January 2002 | by slinker25See all my reviews

Having spent £3.00 on renting this i must admit i do feel somewhat robbed...I havent ever seen or heard of Chris Rock before and after sitting through an hour or so of this i doubt whether i will ever hear of him again (certainly not by choice)..i have to add that this statement may be rather biased because of the fact that this is the only vehicle ive seen of his and im sure his stand up shows are in a class of their own. Personally theres nothing i could recommend to anyone in this movie..it really didnt make me laugh, it quite frankly bored me...the guy was very irritating and acting is certainly not his strongpoint as with the rest of the cast...to say this movie had a spark of originality is too leanient and its not often i dont watch a whole film but i didnt make it past the 1 hour mark. When i watch a comedy its for pure entertainment and something to raise my spirits, this certainly didnt do it for me...the plain and basic fact was it just wasnt funny!! a comedy failure 2/10


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