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Bringing Down The House (Widescreen Edition)

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A man uses the Internet to find a date, but ends up meeting a woman in jail who proceeds to destroy his conservative lifestyle when she's released from prison.

Special Features

Deleted Scenes|Behind the Scenes Gag Reel|"Breakin' Down BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE" Behind-The-Scenes Featurette|Queen Latifah Music Video "Better Than The Rest"|"The Godfather Of Hop" Featurette -- A Close-Up Look At Eugene Levy With Tongue Firmly Planted In Cheek|"Da' Commentary" With Director Adam Shankman And Writer Jason Filardi

Product Details

  • 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 (359 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JM4B
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,295 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bringing Down The House (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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I'm giving it 4 stars for being funny but I found this movie to be extremely racist. I'm getting tired of white people being portrayed as racist, bigoted morons. Every white person in this movie is a moron. And all but a few are racist. Betty White hates everybody who isn't white and heterosexual. Racial jokes can be funny and they are in this movie but I just don't think it's fair to stereotype white people this way. We're not all stupid and bigots.
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