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Bringing Down the House: 10th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] (2003)

Steve Martin , Queen Latifah , Adam Shankman  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright, Jean Smart
  • Directors: Adam Shankman
  • Writers: Jason Filardi
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0077HQCS8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,508 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The hilarious Steve Martin (Father Of The Bride) and Academy Award nominee Queen Latifah (Chicago) star with Eugene Levy (American Pie) and Betty White (The Proposal) in this hysterical culture clash hit. When Peter Sanderson (Martin), a divorced, uptight lawyer meets Charlene (Latifah), a street-smart soul sister who's just escaped from prison, his life is turned upside down. Crazy complications abound, and Peter soon discovers he may need Charlene just as much as she needs him. It's a houseful of fun your family will enjoy again and again.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good Steve Martin vehicle January 3, 2004
Format:DVD
It's fluff, but I've seen worse. Steve Martin is his usual self, but that's a good thing, because he's fun to watch. Levy and Latifah are great too.
All this nonesense about the movie being racist is a bit nutty, after all Latifah is a co-producer, and you'd think that if she can see past the harmless jokes the viewers could do the same.
The Farrelly Brothers take a similar approach in their movies in that they include characters who themselves disapprove of the jokes, so that your reaction as a viewer is represented by them. They diffuse the bomb for you so you can laugh. Well the idea in this movie is the same.
The movie was overall harmless and enjoyable despite a few irritating moments (the girl-on-girl brawl with the dumb 80's "Simply Irresistable" tune was too long and unnecessary).
I also wasn't blown away by the extras, though it was nice to see more shots of Martin dancing to HipHop in the outtakes. How many 58 year old white guys do you see doing that? All the interviews are the usual "oh he's so great to work with" or "for such a young actor he's so professional" crap.
Anyway, above average fluff (carried by the performances of Martin, Latifah, and Levy).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprized July 7, 2003
Format:DVD
I went and saw this movie at a dollar theater on "tightwad Tuesday" for $.50. Despite how dumb the movie looked to me, I actually really enjoyed it.
The demographics of the audience we saw it with were close to 50% white, 50% black and EVERYONE was laughing pretty damn hard. I like how Queen Latifa (a beautiful & talented comedian, actress, and singer) was able to make you see that a very smart, educated, upper class black woman can speak English by the book, but may choose to sound more ethnic because that's who she is. Anyone who thinks we American's don't have any heritage/culture, think again. Every race/culture/clique has their own version of English, their own style of dressing, etc. Sometimes they overlap, sometimes they don't but we share a history and an American pride. I loved the way this movie makes you laugh at the ridiculousness of your own prejudices without being preachy.
Steve Martin used to be my favorite comedian, but as of late he hasn't done anything spectacular. At the end of this movie he has a chance to show his versitility as an actor, his talent as a comedian, and the ability for an old dog to learn new tricks. He and Queen Lattifah make an unlikely but enjoyable pair. And of course I've always loved Jean Smart who plays Martin's ex-wife.
I give it 3 1/2 stars.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is the worst, most unoriginal movie EVER made August 2, 2004
Format:DVD
I'm here with my review of "Bringing Down The House" starring Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, and Eugene Levy. Rated PG-13 for mild violence and drug use.

This movie is a must see for anyone over the age of 45 and has no idea how recycled, generic, and unfunny the content of this movie acually is. It is also a must see for anyone in their 20s or below who wants to spend an hour and a half yelling at the TV and feeling sorry for Steve Martin, et al. I'm sure he was well compensated for making this colossal waste of time, but

one is still left feeling terribly sorry for the once well-respected comedian. After reading Larry King's quote on the front of the DVD "The funniest movie ever..." I must say I was intrigued. Then I remembered that Larry King is in his 70s and falls right into the demographic for which this movie was made.

Eugene Levy, playing essentially the same character he plays in every other movie, can't even salvage this bomb, or for that matter, be funny at all. Lines such as "I got all my points in the game, you got me all twisted up on the inside" immediately fall flat on their face. And as for the knee slapper "You got me straight trippin' boo," well, my response is "Don't go there Eugene!"

The climax of the movie is a scene where Steve Martin attempts to go after Charlene or 'Lene, as she's known (Latifah), who is in an "urban" nightclub. Having been informed that the only white people who go to these clubs are "crackheads" or "cops" Martin is forced to buy urban-wear from two thugs on the corner.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars We Shall Overcome Someday. December 3, 2003
By smurdge
Format:DVD
Got a problem with a skinny, unpleasant white woman? Handle it the Queen Latifah way- beat her up! It works especially well if the white woman is half your size and wearing only her underwear. So much for Martin Luther King.
It's touching that the creators of this movie have managed to offensively stereotype black people and white people equally. It doesn't seem fair to accuse such totally clueless people of racism- it's kind of like yelling at an infant because it pooped in its diaper.
The one redeeming thing about this mess is Eugene Levy, and you can see him in some movies that are actually good: Waiting for Guffman, A Mighty Wind, Best in Show or the SCTV DVDs supposedly coming out in spring 2004.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rife with sterotypes November 30, 2003
Format:DVD
If we are grading on plot, this movie is a 2 or 3 - formulaic but an okay comedy. If we are grading on the social worth of this movie (compared to other Martin movies like L.A. Story, a 5 star story or Roxanne, a four only because it is a knock off of Cyrano) this movie doesn't even make one star.
THE PLOT - Steve Martin is a tax attorney in a conservative tax office and is trying to reel in the multi million dollar account of an exceedingly conservative and somewhat eccentric old heiress. When he sets up a blind date with an internet acquaintance, Lawyer girl, it turns out to be Charlene - an escaped convict trying to clear her name of the armed robbery charge for which she was falsely imprisoned. While that would be a suitable description for her in most movies, it is also a big deal in this movie that she is black. Not able to get rid of her, she moves in - ostensibly as the nannny - until he can get her name cleared. Typical hijinx ensue. The only thing that was really entertaining was Eugene Levy who pursues Charlene throughout the movie but then we start getting into the problem with some of the ridiculous things he says.
THE PROBLEM - From the start, almost all plot points are based on race. All the whites are openly bigotted. Betty White as Martin's neighbor says she doesn't want to see hispanics in the neighborhood unless they have a leafblower. Terms "Aunt Jemima" and "jungle love" are just the beginning. All of the blacks in the movie speak presumably some type of hip hop language that bears no resemblance to anything. All the blacks are "gangstas". In short I have never met anyone of either color that acted, talked or even thought like the people in the film. I am pretty sure everyone will be offended, regardless of their skin color.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars bringing down the house
one of my favorites it will always work for me when i have a withdraw from it i put it own
Published 1 day ago by annie DeLoach
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, wacky but so dear
Another movie I watch every year because it's so cute, a little silly, but the characters are fabulous! Especially Queen. And Steve Martin does all his comedy in one film. Read more
Published 13 days ago by K. Gonzalez
4.0 out of 5 stars "Straight Trippin, Boo"
This Oscar-contender is perfect for when you want to turn your brain onto the "off" setting. That's what me and my Aunt have decided. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Sabrina Powder Puff
4.0 out of 5 stars funny and entertaining
Good modern story with lots of humor. Queen Latiffa really delivered humor. A different kind of funny for Steve Martin.
Published 1 month ago by kyki d
3.0 out of 5 stars Bringing down the house.
It was amusing in parts but overall boring and ridiculous. Lots of hidden proselytizing messages. Why do you require more?
Published 1 month ago by Mary Pecci
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Movie
So funny! I'm a fan of Steve Martin and his pairing with Eugene Levy is hilarious. Lot of awesome quotes from the movie.
Published 1 month ago by Mama Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars I could'nt stop laughing
I saw this movie on t.v. and I just had to have it! I am a Queen Latifah and a Steve Martin fan...so this was a must
Published 1 month ago by Joy Fenwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Movie
Bringing down the house is a great movie and glad I have purchased this to added to my collections of movies and if you never seen it I recommend you to watch it.
Published 2 months ago by GiGi
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie and came quick
LOVE this movie and it came nice and quick so it was great! I recommend it to everyone to watch!
Published 2 months ago by Jocelyn Providence
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Queen Has Her Day
Good movie, however, Queen is out of her element. While she's an awesome singer, there's much left to be desired with her acting. Martin is pristine, as usual. Read more
Published 2 months ago by TalkerCat
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