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Down to Earth (2001)

Chris Rock , Regina King , Chris Weitz , Paul Weitz  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Rock, Regina King, Chazz Palminteri, Eugene Levy, Frankie Faison
  • Directors: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
  • Writers: Chris Rock, Ali LeRoi, Elaine May, Lance Crouther, Louis C.K.
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2001
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JH9O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,717 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Down to Earth" on IMDb

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Acclaimed as "the funniest man in America,"* Chris Rock delivers a first-rate performance in this romantic comedy about a man who gets a second chance at life and love. Struggling black comic Lance Barton (Rock) knows what it's like to die on stage. But when his life takes an unexpected turn - straight to heaven - Lance is sure there's been a mistake. Miraculously, he's right! An angel tells Lance he was taken prematurely but assures him he can be returned to Earth - in the aged body of a ruthless white billionaire. In this improbable reincarnation, Lance begins a hilarious quest to realize his showbiz dream...and, along the way, discovers the person he never imagined he could be. Co-starring Regina King and based on the hit film Heaven Can Wait, Down To Earth is a "bold and brilliant comedy."** *Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV **Kimberly C. Roberts, THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of Earth February 13, 2002
By Jason
If you want to pick one movie to see of 2001 It has got to be down to Earth! If you want to see Chris Rock do his best performance. If you want to laugh all day and night Its got to be this. this is one of the funniest movies since Big Daddy and Happy Gilmore. Please see this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME DOWN TO EARTH COMEDY March 26, 2002
Chris Rock's in his first big leading role "Down To Earth".This movie has great comedy, and stand up comedy material and cool soundtrack featuring: DMX,Snoop Doggy Dogg, Lauren Hill, Mystikal and many more.The movie was based on Warren Beatty's hit film of the 70's "Heaven Can't Wait".
Lance Barton(Rock)is a stand up comedian who cant bring it in a big audience and gets booed alot, but it all changes when he gets hit by a semi-trailer and goes to heaven, finding out that it wasnt his time to leave yet they try and find him a body.The body which selects is the 15th richest man in america 'Mr Wellington' a cut throat buisness man who is tryng to close the down Brooklyns own hospital, which the reporter Sante Jenkins hates Wellington and protest against this doing.
The reason Lance picks Wellington is because he has the hots for Miss Jenkins.Lance changes everything with the hospital for Miss Jenkins also working on material for his stand up act in the Apollo as it is about to close.We see alot in this HILAROIUS film as Lance forgets that he is in a white body, we see him driving down to street with snoop dogg in the stereo system, also see him in a black comedy club doing black comedy.
The film has a sad but happy ending, it is weird but you just have to watch it.Surprisingly this film is only PG, knowing Rock's stand up comedy acts we would all think this was going to be M, but anyway it is made out to be a GREAT family movie thats packs alot of laughs.This is a must get for Chris Rock fans and also for comedy fans,it is a fun movie from start to finish and well deserves to be in you collection.The is not many Special features on the DVD, but the movie makes up for it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Down To Earth September 26, 2005
Hilariously outrageous! One of Chris Rocks best! This movie sees him dying too early only to be brought back in an old white guys body! But here's the punch line, he's a comedian in the movie as well! I was in stitches, definately a must see if you like Chris Rock's dynamic style of comedy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tepid Remake Doesn't Make Full Use of Chris Rock July 23, 2001
You could see what Chris Rock was holding back in several scenes in this movie. If he had had a better screenplay, he would have let rip and this would have been the comedy hit of the year. Those scenes were the ones where it was made clear to you that Rock was really an older, rich white guy who was doing a black man's comedy act. When Warren Beatty made his version of this film (prior to the Rock version), he played it as a straight romantic comedy. It was very cute. However, he is not a comic and so there was no subplot of his being a guy who was trying to make it in standup comedy. By making standup the Rock character's career, it changed the whole thrust of the film yet held Rock back on a leash where you were dying to see his stuff but couldn't. A lot of film time is spent instead on the romance which is pretty much a foregone conclusion if you've seen the prior two versions of this film, which I have.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Down to Earth Can Wait July 30, 2001
By A Customer
This movie was horrible. I generally think Chris Rock is funny, and I do like Eugene and Chaz. Chris Rock plays a man who went to Heaven before he was supposed to (a schedule mix up) and goes back to Earth into an old rich white man's body while he waits for a body he likes better. Of course, everyone thinks he's strange because he makes all these black jokes and likes rap, but to them he looks like an old white man who was not paying his maids enough. The actual line of the story seems funny, but some how Chris Rock makes it one of the worst movies. In the movie, the rich man (Chris Rock) starts to do good with his money while trying to find romance. This part is just weird and he doesn't really do much good. It wasn't realistic and you could tell when Chris Rock was about to make a joke. The jokes, by the way, were not funny. This movie seemed like it took forever to finish watching (I kept hoping it would get better since I waited for it to come out on rental) and I was relieved when it was over. The best part about the movie was how every time they changed scenes they kept playing the same snippet of "Everything is Everything" by Lauren Hill. Save your money and rent/buy something else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!!!!!!! March 15, 2002
By Shambo
This is the best movie!Its REALLY funny!!
So here's the Story:
Lance Burton is a young black guy living in harlem,NY.he's trying to be a stand up comedian,and there's one places he keeps trying to getlaughs at:"the Apollo."Evertime he goes he gets booed of the stage,but he keeps trying,especially when he heres the Apollo is going to be torn down soon....But,Tat night when hes riding his bike through town,he has a close encouter with a truck,and suddenly,he's in Heaven!well,turns out his guardian "angel",took him 1/10 of a second BEFORE the bus actually hit him,and he was supossed to live about 40 MORE YEARS!!!!!!!!!!Well,lance makes a deal,he "try out" somebody elses body untill they can find one he likes.So,after looking at several bodies of people who are dead,but nobody knows that yet,Lance finally chooses weathly Mr.Charles Wellington,to be his teporary body, because of a beautiful young black woman he saw in Mr.Wellington's house...Well,she wasn't interested in him,she came to sue him!!!!!You see,mr.Wellington had recently boughten a hospital narby,and well,oh,You should just watch the Movie!!!!!!!!!!
This is an extremly funny movie,I highly recomend it to anyone who likes a good laugh!
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