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Bringing Down The House (Widescreen Edition)

Comedy movie directed by Adam Shankman

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Talented cast carries predictable, fast-paced comedy

  • Aug 10, 2003
Rating:
+3
Steve Martin plays off of Queen Latifah in this enjoyable comedy. While the story and action are silly and unrealistic in many scenes, the main duo of Martin & Latifah bring charisma to their roles, while the story is spiced up by subplots, one involving a character played by Eugene Levy (The Dad from the American Pie films), another involving veteran English actress Joan Plowright, and additional supporting roles by Jean Smart as Martin's ex-wife and another actress playing a nasty sister-in-law. The one scene that I think should have been pared down or removed is where Latifah and the sister-in-law get in a vicious, bruising fight. Betty White has a small role as a racist neighbor who happens to be the sister of Martin's boss, making for some good laughs. Overall, this story is contrived, formulaic, and seemingly tasteless at times, yet it works very well due to great casting and performances, which make the humor in the film seem funnier than it otherwise might be. The DVD has some interesting bonus looks at the cast & filming, making this a worthwhile DVD to buy or rent.

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review by . May 12, 2009
I have seen several Steve Martin movies and this is by far the worst. Martin begin a dialogue with a lady on the Internet. When he finally wants to meet her, he makes a date at his house with his "blonde" blind date. Instead Queen Latifah shows up. It turns out that Latifah is a fugitive on the run and she wants Martin to help her. Too many corny scenes follow, especially the annoying antics of Latifah. Eugene Levy is not at all funny as Martin's friend who craves Latifah. Definately not anywhere …
review by . January 11, 2005
Steve Martin and Queen Latifah put on a good performance in the movie Bringing Down The House. Martin's shifts from being an uptight lawyer to posing as a hip rapper. His antics in the club are truly amusing. Queen Latifah plays her part with conviction as a troubled woman trying to clear her name in an armed robbery. She looks towards Martin as the missing piece to resolving her dilemna. Eugene Levy is quite entertaining as Martin's side kick. He varies his role ever so slightly from the series …
review by . February 07, 2004
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I have seen several Steve Martin movies and this is by far the worst. Martin begin a dialogue with a lady on the Internet. When he finally wants to meet her, he makes a date at his house with his "blonde" blind date. Instead Queen Latifah shows up. It turns out that Latifah is a fugitive on the run and she wants Martin to help her. Too many corny scenes follow, especially the annoying antics of Latifah. Eugene Levy is not at all funny as Martin's friend who craves Latifah. Definately not anywhere …
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The pleasingly contrasting comic styles of Queen Latifah and Steve Martin bring some energy toBringing Down the House, a hopelessly formulaic comedy. Martin plays Peter, an uptight lawyer too obsessed with work to spend quality time with his kids. Into his life comes Queen Latifah as Charlene, an escaped convict who threatens to wreck his relationship with a wealthy but arch-conservative client (Joan Plowright, in high dudgeon) if Peter won't take up her case. Of course, Latifah's exuberant ways enchant his kids and bring out a looser, livelier side of Peter, all in a series of scenes so standard they hardly register. Thank goodness for Eugene Levy; as one of Peter's law partners with a taste for Charlene's bodacious brand of sexy, Levy's ingenious transformation from nebbish to loverman is the movie's secret weapon, stealthily planting comic explosions amidst the modest rice-krispie-crackle of the stale plot.--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Adam Shankman
Genre: Comedy
Screen Writer: Jason Filardi
DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
Runtime: 105 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Video
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