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Bringing Down The House (Widescreen Edition)

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The hilarious Steve Martin (FATHER OF THE BRIDE) and Academy Award(R)-nominee Queen Latifah (Best Supporting Actress, 2002, CHICAGO) star with Eugene Levy (AMERICAN PIE) in the laugh-out-loud hit comedy BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE. Peter Sanderson (Martin), a divorced, straitlaced, uptight workaholic attorney, meets a brainy bombshell lawyer in an on-line chat room and they make a date. Expecting his soul mate, he opens the door and finds himself face-to-face with Charlene (Latifah) -- a wild and crazy soul "sister" who's just escaped from prison and wants Peter to clear her name. But Peter wants absolutely nothing to do with her, and that prompts Charlene to turn Peter's perfectly ordered life totally upside down. Hysterical complications abound and Peter soon finds out 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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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright, Jean Smart
  • Directors: Adam Shankman
  • Writers: Jason Filardi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (349 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JM4B
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,271 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bringing Down The House (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Weiss on February 18, 2004
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Queen Latifah almost steals this film from Steve Martin, Eugene Levy (Best in Show & A Mighty Wind) and Betty White ( Golden Girls). Queen Latifah is wrongly accused of a crime. Steve Martin is the reluctant lawyer she chooses to help prove her innocence. And so the fun begins. Be prepared to laugh so hard you will cry as they poke fun at sterotypes, repair "Steve's" broken marriage, solve his children's problems, challenge a stuffy law firm and "mellow out" a prim multi-millionaire client. It's all done in rollicking good humor. This is a fun film. Queen Latifah is one talented lady. Joan Plowright is superb. Look for the scene where Joan, an uninvited guest, sings at the family dinner table and wants everyone to join in the next chorus. Steve and the children cringe and Queen Latifah exacts her revenge. Clever writing, fast-paced acting. These are "pros" making us laugh. What the world needs now is more laughter and fun of this genre, and a lot less violence.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Emily J. Jensen on July 7, 2003
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christian E. Senftleben on December 19, 2003
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Two words. Steve Martin.
That should be enough for you. If you are a Steve Martin fan, this will be a blast. I'm not even a Queen Latifah fan - can't think of anything of hers I know and/or like - but she did fine in this movie.
Cookie-cutter? Sure? Predictable? Of course. THAT WASN'T THE POINT. The point was watching the actors (Martin, Levy, hell, even Latifah) have some fun and be creative. No, it wasn't just the white people who were racist. What part of "the only white person at [this particular club] is either a cop, a corpse, or a crackhead" were you all having trouble with. Martin's neighbor walks out with a golf club because "I though I heard Negro!" but you don't see her opening fire on an ethnic person in her neighborhood, either.
The point of the movie wasn't racism. It was about how ridiculous people can be in their extremes; of course pot won't fix racism. This movie wasn't TRYING to fix anything ...rather, just celebrativing the differences, even when those differences have little tolerance for one another!
Get a clue, all of you. Get a sense of humor, and quite trying to make comedies fix the social problems they poke fun at. That's just putting the cart before the horse.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer B. Barton on November 30, 2003
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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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