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Down to Earth (2001)

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Critic Consensus: A toned down Chris Rock fails to bring a limp script to life as the movie moves from one gag to the next.

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Comic Chris Rock co-scripted and stars in this remake of 1941's Here Comes Mr. Jordan, which was also remade with Warren Beatty in 1978 as Heaven Can Wait. Comedian Lance Barton (Rock) is struggling to get his career off the ground when he dies in an untimely bus accident; arriving at the Pearly Gates, he discovers that he's not supposed to have passed on for another 50 years. Barton is not happy with this turn of events, and eventually the Powers That Be send his spirit back to Earth, but for the time being he has to make do with the body of a middle-aged, closed-minded millionaire, Charles Wellington. Lance falls in love with a young community activist (Regina King), but he soon finds he has bigger problems at home: the millionaire's wife and her lover are both trying to kill him. The supporting cast includes Mark Addy as an actor passing himself off as an English manservant, Chazz Palminteri as Mr. King, Heaven's no-nonsense manager, and Eugene Levy as Mr. Keyes, the angel who accidentally ends Barton's life. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Chris Rock
as Lance Barton
Frankie Faison
as Whitney Daniels
Mark Addy
as Cisco
Mario Joyner
as Apollo MC
Jennifer Coolidge
as Mrs. Wellington
John Cho
as Phil Quon
Bryetta Calloway
as Gospel Singer
Brian Rhodes
as Charles Wellington
Herb Lovelle
as Trashman
Kedar Brown
as Heckler
Robin Montague
as Woman in Balcony
Hollie Harper
as Woman in Balcony
Jack Newman
as Middle Aged Guy/Bob Krantz
William Lynn
as Elderly Man
Leah Miller
as Party Girl/Tina Lovette
David Hubbard
as Maitre d' Serge
Woodrow W. Asai
as Asian Man
Laz Alonso
as BET Announcer
Dennis Pressey
as MC at Comedy Shock
David M. Rodriguez
as Flower Delivery Man
Linda Sithole
as Protester
Gwen Stewart
as Protester
Chris Ausnit
as Protester
Mary Burton
as Reporter Outside Hospital
Jernard Burks
as Man in Wheelchair
Hollis Granville
as Sick Person
Mung Ling Tsui
as Reporter Inside Hospital
Ali Leroi
as Crazy Hostile Dreadlock Guy
Reginald "Barshem" Footman
as Dreadlock's Buddy
Colin Fox
as Director
Paul Hecht
as Director
Jack Jessop
as Director
Mary Kate Law
as Fur Protester
Roger Kugler
as Hit Man
Roma Torre
as Herself
Dan Duran
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Down to Earth

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (30)

The makers of Down to Earth were faced with a dilemma nobody would have anticipated: Boosting their star's screen time kills the comedy.

February 27, 2001 | Full Review…
Slate
Top Critic

When Rock finds his authentic swing as an actor as well as a comedian, he'll be, like, a movie god.

February 22, 2001 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Almost every minute of Down to Earth is entertaining. But not quite surprising.

February 21, 2001 | Full Review…
Village Voice
Top Critic

Offers a strangely muted and largely unfunny Rock.

February 17, 2001 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
ReelViews
Top Critic

A ham-handed fantasy that manages the damn near impossible feat of making Chris Rock unfunny.

February 16, 2001 | Rating: 0.5/5
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

For a comedy, there are precious few real laughs.

February 16, 2001 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Down to Earth

WAY better than Heaven Can Wait, with much more humor.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Not a great movie.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

½

Chris Rock movies really do drop the ball.

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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