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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Peter Sanderson
... Charlene Morton
... Howie Rottman
... Virginia Arness
... Kate Sanderson
... Sarah Sanderson
... Georgey Sanderson
... Ashley
... Todd Gendler
... Mrs. Kline
... Widow
... Ed Tobias
Aengus James ... Mike
... Widow's Bodyguard
... 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 »

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

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7 March 2003 (USA)  »

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In the Houze  »

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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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Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »

Goofs

When Charlene uses the speed dial on Peter's cell phone, you can hear the tones as a number is being dialed. You can't hear the tones for the numbers if you do that in real life. See more »

Quotes

Ashley: [to Peter, about Charlene] What is she doin' here?
Charlene Morton: Oh, get used to it, twiggy; you're gonna be seein' a lot more of me around here!
Ashley: [to Peter, about Charlene] Not without a broom in your hand.
Charlene Morton: If I HAVE a broom, it's only cuz I'm here to sweep up the white trash!
Ashley: Save it for the Y.M.C.A, Jemimah.
Charlene Morton: Bitch! I will kick the bulimia outta yo' ass!
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Thanks to residents of McCadden Place. See more »

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Referenced in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) See more »

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Simply Irresistible
(1988)
Written and Performed by Robert Palmer
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
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Really something, Boo.
18 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

OK, so the white-yuppie-and-black-ghetto-person-joining-up idea has been used a number of times in movies, but the dialog between Steve Martin and Queen Latifah makes this one worthwhile. Probably the best scenes are Betty White's nasty comments, Queen Latifah teaching Missi Pyle a lesson, Steve Martin dressed - and attempting to talk - like a rapper (especially because of what Joan Plowright ends up doing in that scene), and of course, Eugene Levy's statements ending with "Boo". "Bringing Down the House" really does bring down the house. Completely silly, but fun nevertheless.

Who ever would have imagined Joan Plowright (aka Laurence Olivier's widow) doing what she did and saying what she said in the rapper scene?


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