• Bringing Down the House (2003)

Bringing Down the House

Release Date: March 7th, 2003

DVD Release Date: August 5th, 2003

PG-13 |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

Lawyer Peter Sanderson (Steve Martin) wants to dive back into dating after his divorce and has a hard time meeting the right women. But he lucks out with online dating and meets a fellow lawyer. The two agree to meet in the flesh, but the woman he meets -- an escaped African-American convict named Charlene (Queen Latifah) -- is not what he expected. Peter is freaked out, but Charlene convinces him to take her case and prove her innocence, and along the way they learn to become friends.

Cast: Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright, Jean Smart, Missi Pyle, Kimberly J. Brown, Steve Harris

Director: Adam Shankman

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures, Buena Vista (Walt Disney)

Distributors: Touchstone Pictures

Keywords: Best friend, Deception, Underdog, Friendship, Transformation, Playful, Los Angeles, 2000s, Lighthearted, Amusing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    A high-performance low comedy, House succeeds because Martin's Peter Sanderson and Latifah's Charlene Morton each plays Henry Higgins to the other's Eliza Doolittle. show more

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Having funny lines and amusing gags is only half the battle. The rest is in the delivery, and that's where the trio of Martin, Latifah, and Levy excel. show more

  • 30
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    If you go to see this sloppy sitcom, in which Mr. Martin plays a divorced, repressed lawyer named Peter Sanderson, do expect to be surprised, seduced and entertained by Queen Latifah.

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