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Bringing Down The House (Widescreen Edition)

Comedy movie directed by Adam Shankman

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Amusing But A Nothing Special Story

  • Jan 11, 2005
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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 of American Pie movies. But the fit is a good one.

The storyline however is a bit ridiculous. How Queen Latifah's character takes over Martin's palce with a gangster party questions the authenticy of Martin's security system which was employed only a couple of scenes earlier. Also the many shifts with Latifah being a maid and a love interest grows a little cumbersome in spots.

If you do not take this movie too seriously you might like it. However Martin has been in better efforts like both Father of the Bride movies, Dirty Rotton Scoundrels, and The Jerk. Latifah also fares better in the critically acclaimed Chicago. A middle of the road movie this definitely is.

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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 . February 07, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
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 . August 10, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
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. …
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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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