Bringing Down the House

2003, Comedy, 1h 45m

151 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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Though the cast shines, they can't save this comedy, which is overly contrived and filled with outdated and offensive racial jokes.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

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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.

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  • Aug 01, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2012
    You think that Steve Martin and Queen Latifah would be good together, but NOooooooooo, this combination sucked. It lacks a smart script, and funny jokes.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2011
    A great feel good comedy!
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2009
    This Movie reminds me a little bit of the Movie House Sitter?
    Wahida K Super Reviewer

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