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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.

Director:

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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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jason Filardi's original screenplay was entitled "Jailbabe.com". He had Adam Sandler and Angelina Jolie in mind when he first wrote it. See more »

Goofs

After Peter tries to lock Charlene outside of the house when he first meets her, he tackles her and then throws her in the bushes. After telling the noisy neighbor that everything is fine, Peter starts walking her back inside. From the shot outside the house, Peter has nothing in his hands. But when they step inside, he magically has one of her shoes in his hand and he sets it on the table. See more »

Quotes

Peter Sanderson: [nervously] Don't you just love being our nanny, Charlene?
Charlene Morton: [pauses]
[speaking in a fake Southern Accent]
Charlene Morton: Yessir. I'm gonna go on down to de pool wit' de children. Make fun of de white folks again.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to residents of McCadden Place. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pretty Little Liars: Bring Down the Hoe (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Fourth Floor Ladies Shoes
(1999)
Written and Performed by Daniel May
Courtesy of MasterSource
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Steve Martin Shines in this Fun Comedy!
10 March 2016 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Lets get one thing straight right away: Steve Martin can never be doubted. The Comedic Legend is an actor with tremendous charm & his sense of timing is no news to anyone. And in the 2003 Super-Hit 'Bringing Down The House', the Legend shines, yet again!

'Bringing Down The House' Synopsis: When a lonely guy meets a woman on the internet who happens to be in prison, she breaks out to be with him, and proceeds to wreak havoc on his middle-class life.

'Bringing Down The House' is a predictable, safe comedy, that goes through the narrative jumps & hiccups. Its mostly Martin's liveliness & command over the screen, that keeps the jokes coming in & the energy intact. Jason Filardi's Screenplay is nicely done, although it would've benefited from better jokes. Adam Shankman's Direction is appropriate.

A Special Mention for Queen Latifah, who with Martin, takes part in the silly jokes & delivers a loud, but likable performance. And the on-screen chemistry between Martin & Latifah, is perfect.

On the whole, 'Bringing Down The House' certainly works.


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