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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 (Chris Rock), a struggling comedian and bicycle messenger, it's the last thing on his mind. His due date in heaven is fifty years away. In the meantime, he has 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 isn't that funny. Thanks to an overly cautious emissary from heaven, Mr. Keyes (Eugene Levy), 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 (Chazz Palminteri), the streetwise, no-nonsense head angel who manages the place from his plush windowed office. ... 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

In the scene where Lance and Sontee are eating hot dogs, Sontee puts the hot dog in her mouth, then when the camera angle changes, she's bringing a whole hot dog to her mouth. See more »

Quotes

Mr. King: First, you make Frank Sinatra wait for a table...
Keyes: He didn't have a jacket.
King: HE'S FRANK SINATRA! HE CAN WEAR WHATEVER HE WANTS!
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Connections

References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Glitches
By Ahmir Thompson, Tariq Trotter, Amel Larrieux, Laru Larrieux & Scott Storch
Performed by The Roots and Amel Larrieux
Produced by Scott Storch
The Roots perform courtesy of MCA Records
Amel Larrieux performs courtesy of Epic Records/550 Music
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Needs some help
3 March 2001 | by tomritoSee all my reviews

This movie is a remake of two movies that were a lot better. The last one, Heaven Can Wait, was great, I suggest you see that one. This one is not so great. The last third of the movie is not so bad and Chris Rock starts to show some of the comic fun that got him to where he is today. However, I don't know what happened to the first two parts of this movie. It plays like some really bad "B" movie where people sound like they are in some bad TV sit-com. The situations are forced and it is like they are just trying to get the story over so they can start the real movie. It all seems real fake and the editing is just bad. I don't know how they could release this movie like that. Anyway, the last part isn't to bad, so wait for the video and see it then.


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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:

$17,268,883, 18 February 2001

Gross USA:

$64,186,502

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,186,502
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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