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Plot: When a lonely guy meets a woman on the internet who happens to be in prison, she breaks out to get him to prove her innocence, and proceeds to wreak havoc on his middle-class life.
Runtime: 105 mins Release Date: 07 Mar 2003
Really, cause I got this outfit from your mama. (by cabasaexpert351)
I love this movie, it is one of my favorite movies. I think it is one of the funniest movies ever. The first time I saw it I was laughing so hard that I couldn't breathe. Steve Martin and Queen Latifah are so funny together. There are so many scenes in this movie that are so hilarious like the scene where Charlene and Ashley get in a fist fight in the ladies room, the scene where Mrs. Arness comes to Peter's house for dinner, the scene where Charlene is trying to teach Peter how to turn Kate on, and my personal favorite scene the scene where Peter goes undercover in the bar. The <more>
acting in this movie is great and it's just a really really funny movie, I'd urge anyone to see it cause I think it's one of the funniest movies ever.
This movie had a bunch of funny turn of events. This movie was a good time to sit through. I really enjoyed watching it and owning it. The movie with Up Tight lawyer Peter Sanderson Steve Martin who seems to have too many problems, he's going through a divorce, he trying to represent a million dollar client. But he has a on line chat pal named lawyer girl. But he finds out that lawyer girl is Charlene Queen Latifah a former convict, and fun loving sister from the hood, who wants Peter to help prove her innocence. Peter is about to discover that his quiet life is about to be turned <more>
upside down. Steve Martin and Queen Latifah had such funny chemistry together. I hope they make another funny movie together.
I went to see this with friends expecting a pleasant diversion and to see the tag line Eugene Levy delivers in all the movie trailers You got me straight trippin', boo . Well I was pleasantly surprised. I laughed out loud at this movie. Much of the credit goes to the triple threat talents of Steve martin, Queen Latifah & Eugene Levy for making a go of a movie that could have been awful in the hands of less talented actors. My favorite scene has to be the cat fight in the bathroom; between the tae-bo & Matrix references I actually had tears coming out my eyes I was laughing so <more>
hard. Don't expect much, just go see this and enjoy.
You got me straight-trippin' Steve! (by suntorytime10)
The arguments and opinions of many a film fan and film critic persist about Steve Martin's current position in Hollywood. Many of his doubters believe he is past it, his films becoming horribly run of the mill, turgid and, ultimately, unfunny. The opinions are jointly contributing to the downfall of a once treasured idol. But some have stood by him, myself included, through the thick black cloud that have rested over the white-haired maestro during the last few years of his illustrious career. And with his latest return to our screens, he's back to prove once and for all, that the <more>
wild and crazy guy is here to stay.The film sees Martin as lawyer Peter Sanderson, recent divorcee and top-dog at his law firm, who now at the age of god-only-knows, decides to ditch his now "whack" existence, and goes 'net surfing for the perfect woman. He apparently strikes gold with a sex, slim blonde laywer he meets in a chat-room. But he is taken by surprise when his date arrives in the sexy, big-boned, brassy form of escaped convict Charlene Queen Latifah . Entering his life with a strut that would make Oprah blush, Charlene attempts to convince Peter to re-open her case and help her clear her name. That's not before turning his life upside-down, and posing as his kids' nanny tries to help Peter reclaim that what he so dearly yearns for, his family and wife. How, ahem, sweet. And with all the tomfoolery that ensues comes a girl-on-girl "bitch-slapping" session between Charlene and Peter's sister-in-law, a drunken night of dancing and sexual awakening believe me boys, you've never seen it this way before , and gangster parties louder than Martin's legendary bonnet.Standing up to its title, "House" really is a treat. Martin, although not in full-on "wild and crazy guy" mode, is on typically top, crowd-pleasing form. His portrayal as the life-searching, middle-aged, toffee-nosed twit is inspired, managing to mix the side-splittingly funny with the touching and poignant to brilliant effect, recalling such affecting form he showed in "Parenthood" and "Bowfinger". Latifah, meanwhile, shows that she has the potential for greatness. her larger-than-life performance is uproarious, bringing charisma and buoyancy to a largely one-dimensional character. She is also quiet the vixen too. The support from Eugene Levy is also first-class. Playing Peter's best mate, who is "straight trippin'" over Charlene, Levy steals practically every scene he appears in, with his dead-pan humour and flawless timing providing the some of the films most painfully funny scenes.The overall quality of the film is pretty standard stuff. The plot is nothing we haven't seen a thousand times before. The writer and director, while both efficient, don't really add anything fresh and exciting to the buddy comedy genre here. That said, when the films funny, it's an absolute hoot, with the cast stealing the show with marvellous chemistry, and giving us three of best comedic turns you're likely to see all year. Delightful **** out of FIVE
The Best Cat Fight Scene Since Kill Bill! (by Smells_Like_Cheese)
My mom has been begging for me to watch Bringing Down the House, especially since I've been getting more into Steve Martin. He brought me nothing but laughter with Bowfinger, Little Shop of Horrors, and now Bringing Down the House. He and Queen Latifa make such a great comedic duo, this movie was in no way over the top or stereotypical, at least of the sense where I think you couldn't find it offensive. For those who did find it offensive, I think you probably watched this movie in a serious mood, because how could you not laugh? Steve Martin plays Peter Sanderson, a straight up-tight <more>
business man who won't get his priorities right with his family and work, he expects to meet a beautiful, intelligent, and blond white lawyer he met off the internet, but instead gets Charlene, a tough soul sister who has just escaped prison and wants Peter to get her name cleared. She claims she is innocent and she won't leave Peter alone until he helps out, through the madness of trying to play Peter off as a business man and trying to get his family back, Charlene teaches him a thing or two along with him teaching her as well.There are just some hilarious scenes, my favorite I think was the cat fight scene between Charlene and Peter's ex sister in-law. That was just hilarious! I also loved Steve getting accepted at a hard core gangsta's club and the last scene of Charlene and her new boyfriend, Howie. Steve and Queen were so cool together and I would highly recommend this film! 9/10
Just saw the sneak preview last night and this movie is absolutely hilarious, and very well cast. Steve Martin is funny again, Jean Smart is lovely, Queen Latifah continues to show why she's one of the most interesting artists out there. Spoiler Alert!This is not a politically correct film Joan Plowright's incredibly insensitive plantation song was as laugh-out-loud funny as it was absurd. Missi Pyle vs. Queen Latifah in the 'Tae Bo' fight scene was so outrageously funny that the audience missed parts of the dialog because of the laughter. And last but definitely not least was <more>
Eugene Levy, who stole every scene he was is, as usual, and gave us all a great primer on a whole new 'straight tripping' language.
Beware of who you meet in the chat room. (by jotix100)
This film, although badly reviewed by many people, proves to be a fun time at the movies. Adam Shankman and Jason Filardi have teamed up to give the viewers lots of laughs. It's hard not to be amused by what's being presented even though it might not be the greatest, or the funniest picture. Queen Latifah has more charisma in her ample body than any other actress working in American films these days. She never gives a bad performance. This is quite a stretch from her role in Chicago; in fact, she steals the film with her charm. She can hold up her own against her co-star. Steve Martin <more>
seems to blend himself into this joke of a lawyer, who is so uptight and anal that he never has enough time for his children. He has some hysterical scenes at the hip hop club playing an Eminem-type character, outdancing everyone. Mr. Martin's experience in the chat room brings him a lot more than he bargained for: the irrisistible Charlene, who turns his life upside down.Eugene Levy has some bright moments as Steve Martin's friend in the firm. Joan Plowright repeats herself into the role of the ogre with a heart of gold, once she loosens up with the right kind of smoke. The rest of the cast is good, working with the material they're given to perform. If you are trying to get away from the horrible news being bombarded at us these days, this is the film for you.
Tax lawyer Peter Sanderson Steve Martin has been falling for Charlene Morton Queen Latifah over the Internet. She's sent him a picture of herself, but she was just a tiny figure in the background, being led out of a courthouse in jail clothes and cuffs by two cops, while in the foreground, there was a young, thin, white yuppie-looking female lawyer talking to a reporter. Sanderson believes that Charlene is the yuppie and arranges a date. Of course he's surprised at Charlene's appearance Latifah is black, "thick" and streetwise in the film and the fact that <more>
she's a con who has done time. Charlene's motivation is to acquire affordable, quality legal services to clean up her record--she swears she's innocent.Ostensibly a film that would comically explore the serious issue of racism and other kinds of appearance preconceptions between two very different communities, Bringing Down the House is more a series of loosely tied gags. It plays like a sketch film, with the theme/subtext as a unifying factor. At that, the gags or sketches are mostly successful, although the film is not quite funny enough to work as an outrageous comedy and not quite serious enough to work as a "message film", even though it may occasionally come close on both accounts.The three members of the principle cast--Martin, Latifah and Eugene Levy--are good, with Levy being underused, but for me, some of the best material arrived with the supporting cast. Joan Plowright as the wealthy Mrs. Arness, Kimberly J. Brown as Peter's former sister-in-law Sarah, and Betty White as Mrs. Kline, Peter's neighbor all routinely stole the show when they appeared. They were given the most outrageous material, with Arness and Kline being particularly racist. White's character is similar in tone to her excellent supporting role in Lake Placid 1999 , although she was underused here.For some, it may be an asset that the film tries to veer away from becoming cartoonish. I think it would have benefited from moving further into absurdist territory--for my tastes, even though Martin has had many great films, he has never surpassed The Jerk 1979 , but that's too much of a personal preference for me to really count it as a flaw. It's also interesting that scripter Jason Filardi tries to work in a mostly serious crime/drama subplot towards the climax, but it's a bit too little, too late, and is an odd change of tone, even though the comedy bits surrounding the subplot are good. On the serious side, other than the material about racism, the strongest aspect is that Charlene teaches Peter how to be a better parent and family man. A couple scenes on that end were actually moving.Overall, Bringing Down the House is a bit of a mixed bag, but approached as a light "sketch comedy/drama", it is entertaining. My rating occasionally leaned towards a 7, but remained closer to a 7.5 or 8.
I cannot believe some of the negative comments made on this film. Sure it is never going to win any Oscars but this was real "sit back and laugh" film. On many occasions I was laughing uncontrollablyBoth Martin and Latifah were excellent in this film. Is it me or was Steve Matins wife in this film a honey or what.?If you like your humor tongue in cheek and can laugh off the racist innuendos then give this film a go.People who call this film dire need to have a comedy check over.