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Bringing Down the House (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 7 March 2003 (USA)
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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.

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Adam Shankman

Writer:

Jason Filardi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Peter Sanderson
Queen Latifah ... Charlene Morton
Eugene Levy ... Howie Rottman
Joan Plowright ... Virginia Arness
Jean Smart ... Kate Sanderson
Kimberly J. Brown ... Sarah Sanderson
Angus T. Jones ... Georgey Sanderson
Missi Pyle ... Ashley
Michael Rosenbaum ... Todd Gendler
Betty White ... Mrs. Kline
Steve Harris ... Widow
Jim Haynie ... Ed Tobias
Aengus James Aengus James ... Mike
Jernard Burks ... Widow's Bodyguard
Bronzell Miller ... Widow's Bodyguard
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Storyline

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

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Bring it. March 7. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sexual humor and drug material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Houze See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,101,026, 9 March 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$132,716,677

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$164,729,679
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to the commentary, the house that Kate lives in is actually the same house from Father of the Bride (1991). See more »

Goofs

On the night of her party that goes wrong, Sarah's hair changes three times in a short amount of time. See more »

Quotes

Peter Sanderson: And believe me, Sarah is going places!
[Charlene looks out the window to see Sarah sneaking out and getting into a car with a boy]
Charlene Morton: Oh, she's going places alright.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to residents of McCadden Place. See more »

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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.64 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Jungle Love
(1983)
Written by Morris Day and Jesse Johnson
Performed by The Time
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Dire
5 December 2003 | by lostintwinpeaksSee all my reviews

While it is nice to see Steve Martin rising briefly out of straight-to-video hell, and Queen Latifah is fab, this is nevertheless at best a mediocre comedy with only about one laugh every twenty minutes, and at worst a dire, dirty movie.

As for the whole racism thing (the movie was quite controversial in the States) it's hard to tell who's being targeted: Black people, or White People. Maybe it's all just a satire ... but the movie manages to offend both Whites and Blacks, and is probably best avoided.


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