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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JM4B
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,932 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bringing Down The House (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "velurion" 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Emily J. Jensen on 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By casualsuede on July 7, 2005
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SugaryLemons on November 23, 2003
Format: DVD
I always liked Steve martin and Queen latifah...now that's the girl. I was reading how the movie isn't so great. But I expected less and got more.

You have steve martin a uptight lawyer who has been having a great time e-mailing a woman he thinks is a white female with a great job. oh god when he meets her, he's sooo dissapointed (cause its latifah).

Now what she wants is for him to help her clear her record (she just got out of prison). Now her world starts to slowly merge into his and it becomes funny. The best is Eugene Levy, that man should have had more screen time, he was the best, 5 stars. everytime he saw latifah his eyes would light up and he would try and say something sexy.

They showed the difference between the black and white world and how both sides see each other. but this is a stero typical comparsion. It was funny though because it's true.

then there was the money and education difference, which they didn't dig deep on.

I like how they made latifah smart and together.

Overall this was a fun watch.
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