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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
4 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Everything he needed to know about life, she learned in prison. 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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

JailBabes.com 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

Gross USA:

$132,716,677

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$164,729,679
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Russian title for the film translates as "House Upside Down". The German title of the movie translates to "House over the Head". See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, Charlene is in the new office with Howie and closes the blind. In the next shot, a long shot from a helicopter, the blind is clearly open. See more »

Quotes

Howie Rottman: Do me a favor, precious: don't ever scare me like that again, or I'm gonna give you a nasty spankie... if I'm not being too subtle!
Charlene Morton: [smiles] He's such a damn freak!
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to residents of McCadden Place. See more »

Connections

Featured in Reel Paradise (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Next to You
Written by Rick Dutch Cousin (as R. Cousin), Erika Nuri, Calvin Richardson
Produced by Rick Dutch Cousin
Performed by Calvin Richardson
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!
11 March 2003 | by youngjacob2002See all my reviews

I loved this movie!It was so funny I broke out in laughter six or seven times through the movie.Steve Martin's wise cracks keep the movie entertaining,and the acting and plot are great.I enjoyed this movie alot.Queen Latifah is great with her tough biker chick role,beating up women AND men that give her a hard time.I hope black people did'nt take offense to this movie,because in a way it mocked black people.It's just a very funny enjoyable movie,not to be taken seriously or offensive.I loved every minute of it!


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