Bringing Down The House (Widescreen Edition)
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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).
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.
"You got me straight trip pin' Boo. Cool points out the window." - most romantic movie line of all time.
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