Bringing Down the House (2003)

Bringing Down the House (2003)

Bringing Down the House



Critic Consensus: Though the cast shines, they can't save this comedy, which is overly contrived and filled with outdated and offensive racial jokes.

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A man looking for a woman just like himself ends up with someone quite different in this farcical comedy. Peter Sanderson (Steve Martin) is a lawyer who is having trouble getting his life back on track after his wife, Kate (Jean Smart), divorces him; he's also adjusting to his new status as a single father. Looking for companionship, Peter tries an internet dating site and virtually meets "lawyer-girl," an attractive and single fellow attorney. Peter makes a date with her, but the woman who … More

Rating: PG-13 (for language, sexual humor and drug material)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jason Filardi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 5, 2003
Box Office: $132.5M
Touchstone Pictures - Official Site


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as Charlene Morton

as Howie Rottman

as Mrs. Arness

as Kate Sanderson

as Sarah Sanderson

as Georgey Sanderson

as Ashley

as Todd Gendler

as Mrs. Kline

as Ed Tobias

as Widow's Bodyguard

as Aaron

as Widow's Bodyguard

as FBI Agent

as Italian FBI Agent

as Big Man

as Daniel Barnes

as College Party Boy

as Saleslady

as Male Commentator

as Hip Hopper

as Hip Hopper

as Hip Hopper

as Flygirl

as Hostess

as Mr. Kline

as Heavy Guy

as Nightclub Singer

as Backup Singer

as Backup Singer

as Down Low Dancer

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as Charlene's Neighbor

as Hotel Hostess

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Critic Reviews for Bringing Down the House

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (39)

A comedy that successfully plays with stereotypes, both racial and personal.

Full Review… | April 22, 2003
New York Daily News
Top Critic

You have somebody as smart as Steve Martin, and as smart and appealing as Queen Latifah in a movie like this. To have such an awful, offensive story is a real disappointment.

Full Review… | March 18, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

It's a wheezing, rusted machine of cheap jokes, cartoon performances, and crummy plotting, using shock value and insensitivity to make its painfully unfunny points.

Full Review… | July 26, 2012

Everything about this film is painfully familiar, except, perhaps, for the vicious-but-comic catfight between Latifah and Missi Pyle, who plays a high-society gold digger.

Full Review… | May 12, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Martin and Latifah rule in boundary-pushing PG-13.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

You're better off ignoring this junk and saving your time.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Bringing Down the House

Though it's slightly emphatic from the amount of racial humor, Bringing Down the House is a charming comedy. Steve Martin is slick and humorous as only he can do. Combine that with the stylish and pizzazz of one Queen Latifah, along with a sleek amount of supporting actors, you've got yourself quite the cast. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

A great feel good comedy!

Bethany Murphy

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