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

Steve Martin , Queen Latifah , Adam Shankman  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright, Jean Smart
  • Directors: Adam Shankman
  • Writers: Jason Filardi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0077HQCS8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Celebrate the 10th anniversary (2003 - 2013) of the laugh-out-loud comedy BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE -- available for the first time on Blu-ray with a stunning new digital transfer! The hilarious Steve Martin (FATHER OF THE BRIDE) and Academy Award(R) nominee Queen Latifah (Best Actress In A Supporting Role, CHICAGO, 2002) 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good Steve Martin vehicle January 3, 2004
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
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Let me first say that there is not one original idea in the movie. It steals from movies like Uncle Buck, Houseguest and Steve Martin's own Housesitter about the the unwelcome guest moving in and making life better for the main lead and their kids.

The sort of novel idea is that the two main leads don't automatically become a couple (all the ingredients are there like initial trickery to gain access to the lead's life, chemistry but tension, tender reconciliation and the love interest proving themselves to be actually nice under their stone skins). It is interesting that Roger Ebert and a few other critics whine that this does not happen in their reviews, yet he always complains about Hollywood following their typical formula.

Peter Sanderson (Steve Martin) is a successful attorney who neglects his kid and his (now divorced) wife Kate (all cute, non-sexy California blondes are named Kate by the way) and has started an internet relationship with a personality named lawyergirl. When they decide to meet, she doesn't appear to a be a thin blonde attorney, but a shapely, black convict. Even worse, Sanderson's neighbor Mrs. Kline (Betty White) is a bigot as well as the sister of his boss. Charlene will not quit and at the end, they reach a comprimise and Peter begins investigating the case with his buddy Howie.

The plot of this case, as you can see is very generic and only seems to happen in Hollywood. Of course, the ex-wife is waiting to come back into the relationship. Of course, the sidekick is ready to pick up female lead since formulaic wise the WASPY old man doesn't suit Charlene. Of course there is a wacky, b!tchy sister that meddles, the uptight hag that needs to be loosened up and of course the kids are messed up with problems that only Charlene can take care of.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Martin and Latifah sparkle in spite of lame script August 10, 2003
"Bringing Down the House" is a good example of style over substance and of good actors being able to overcome even the lamest of scripts.
Stars Steve Martin and Queen Latifah manage to entertain us in this movie, despite poor pacing by director Adam Shankman, lame jokes and the use of more racial stereotype than you can imagine. Also adding some fun are supporting actors Eugene Levy, Betty White and Joan Plowright. It's as though these performers got together and decided to put on a good show despite the script's glaring defects.
As the movie opens, Paul [Martin], a divorced Los Angeles tax lawyer with two kids, is carrying on an e-mail correspondence with a woman he has never met. She calls herself Lawyer Girl and has lead Paul to believe she is a successful attorney like himself. Later, when the woman, whose name is Charlene [Latifah], shows up at his door, not only is she big and black rather than petite and white as Paul expected, she's also an escaped convict. What follows is a very predictable story with even more predictable characters - uptight white guy is loosened up by hip black chick, guy's kids' problems are solved, ex-wife takes a second look at guy, noisy neighbor gets an eyeful, rich client gets her comeuppance, etc.
Martin and Latifah play easily off each other - two master comedians out to make us laugh. And laugh we do, but mostly because these two are so good at what they do. If the material had been better, this might have been a comedy classic rather than a mildly diverting movie. I suspect that where the movie goes off track is in its insistence on sugarcoating the story. Put another way, it's hard to be `screwball' [which is what the film wants to be] and cute at the same time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as funny the second time - 10 years later
Hilarious! Great comedy actors team up and do a great job with this. The story line is a bit on the unbelievable side, but then again so are most movies. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Uncle Pizza
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie
Published 6 days ago by Stetson Castillo
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for a Sunday afternoon ! Funny
Very cute. Nothing earth shattering in the award worthy department or anything but Martin and Q.L. worked great together and the film had its share of funny moments. Read more
Published 17 days ago by MyPetFishNamedGeorge
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!
This is such a wonderful movie.. Quain Laetitia and Steve Martin are so good together in this film.. A feel good movie!!!
Published 17 days ago by Carmen Deas
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny
Published 19 days ago by Mom in Maine
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre comedy
It was OK, some laughs... I just am not a fan of Steve Martin or Queen Latifah. It was the other half's choice. It wasn't a waste, but I wouldn't pay to watch it again.
Published 22 days ago by TomG
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
we loved this movie
Published 26 days ago by Kelly Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Terrific movie! Very funny
Published 27 days ago by Steve Moser
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice queen latiphah yeahhhh Martin great actors
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A move to make you laugh when you are really not in a laughing mood.
Published 1 month ago by Paul Richter
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