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Bringing Down The House (Widescreen Edition)

4.1 out of 5 stars 385 customer reviews

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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.

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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (385 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JM4B
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,145 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
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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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This is one of those classics that will never get old. Steve Martin is hilarious. He is at his best in my opinion. Queen Latifa was so good in this. She really has great comedic talent. The supporting cast was great too. Betty White made an appearance as a bigoted white neighbor who lived next to Steve Martin. Priceless
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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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Funny, feel good movie. There are a couple of scenes that are so hysterically funny that no matter how many times I watch it, I've doubled over laughing. Great big thumbs up.! If you haven't seen it - treat yourself to a good time.
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This Oscar-contender is perfect for when you want to turn your brain onto the "off" setting. That's what me and my Aunt have decided. Steve martin is so likable, if somewhat racist, as this uptight dude Queen Latifah meets online. Latifah is hilarious as she points out the subtle, soul-crushing prejudices she's dealing with in his lily-white world. <<Spolier>> One of Steve Martin's friends develops a crush on Latifah, and its a great subplot. There's also some killler karate catfights, ebony & ivory style, presented in a humorous manner. Look out, Matrix! These ladies throw down.

"You got me straight trip pin' Boo. Cool points out the window." - most romantic movie line of all time.
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Very cute. Nothing earth shattering in the award worthy department or anything but Martin and Q.L. worked great together and the film had its share of funny moments. The mix of Martin's upper crust country club lawyer life style with Q.L's urban gangster get all up in your face tell you like it is attitude was a hit and really funny. Add in Betty White as the neighbor who as an actress can do no wrong and who added great comedy and this makes for a fun Sunday afternoon flick with some popcorn. If memory serves there was some pretty gritty urban speak involving the "N" word a couple times so maybe not quite the best choice for the little one's but more or less still a family film because all the funny parts.
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