Bringing Down the House (film)
|Bringing Down the House|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Adam Shankman|
|Produced by||David Hoberman
|Written by||Jason Filardi|
and Betty White
|Music by||Lalo Schifrin|
|Editing by||Gerald B. Greenberg|
Hyde Park Entertainment
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
|Release dates||March 7, 2003|
|Running time||105 min.|
Peter Sanderson (Steve Martin) is a workaholic tax attorney working for a set of competitive colleagues and bosses names of Tobias, Kilne, and Barnes. While he tries to turn his life around and having just been divorced with his ex-wife Kate Sanderson (Jean Smart)and lost privileges to his children (14-15 year old) Sarah Sanderson(Kimberly J. Brown and 6 year old Georgie Sanderson Angus T. Jones), he tells his wife that the Hawaii trip will not happen but he lets them be in their house for some allotted time. He shows up late to a restaurant where Peter also must deal with Virginia Arness (Joan Plowright), an eccentric English billionaire, to bring her business to his firm, corresponding with an online friend known only as "lawyer-girl". On their first blind date, Peter learns that "lawyer-girl" is Charlene Morton (Queen Latifah), a wrongfully convicted bank robber claiming her innocence who wants Peter's help in getting the charges dropped. He kicks her out but then decides let her stay due to the way Mrs. Kline could feel if he was associated with her. As Peter picks up the kids, he tricks Charlene to make her leave, but she breaks into the house and get her friends to the house. As they drive home he realizes that Charlene didn't give up on leaving his house and now forces her to leave the house. While Howie Rottman Eugene Levy and Peter are waiting to have Peter a deal promised for Mrs. Virginia Arness , She appears to finally convince him to help her out. Ashley Missi Pyle thinks she is here to serve drinks and food However, Peter makes it seem that she is the nanny of his house since his ex-wife is not with him. At the golf resort where Howie and Charlene are having a talk, Ashley talks trash and nasty enough for Charlene to do a similar Madea's Signature(Based on Madea goes to jail: "PLAY" Version).Georgie starts to develop his reading skills to an inappropriate magazine Charlene found under the desk of Peter's. Sarah's friend tricks Peter into her being in a party. Charlene and widow reconcile. As Sarah wants Charlene to comes take her home, Peter realizes that she was with bad friends and doesn't get angry as Charlene told her father "Sarah will not need a warden, She needed her father". Mrs. Arness comes for dinner but the same night she's there she realizes that Peter was hiring the wrongfully committed bank robber(Charlene Morton). The next day, he realizes that widow made the case affect him all along as he was in hiding. Peter tells her all of this and Howie's positive love words. As Peter watches widow try and kill his girlfriend. The agents come to arrest them. However, he has a lot of proof to not only make her record expunged, she thanks him for all he did and Mrs. Virginia Arness wants no more from Peter. Self-retiring from the firm, he moves out of the office with a final Charlene moment and reconciles with his wife once and for all.
- Steve Martin as Peter Sanderson. An uptight lawyer who reluctantly helps Charlene with her case. They eventually bond, becoming close friends.
- Queen Latifah as Charlene Morton. An escaped convict who was framed seeks Peter's help in proving her innocent. Over the course of the film, she bonds with Peter and the family as she poses as their nanny. Howie's love interest.
- Eugene Levy as Howie Rottman, Peter's over-sexed best friend and colleague. He falls madly in love with Charlene upon meeting her.
- Jean Smart as Kate Sanderson, Peter's ex-wife. It is apparent that they still harbor feelings for one another, as she is jealous of his new friendship with Charlene, believing them to be in a relationship.
- Missi Pyle as Ashley, Kate's evil, promiscuous, and alcoholic sister. She sleeps with old men for their money.
- Joan Plowright as Virginia Arness, An arrogant client of Peter's.
- Betty White as Mrs. Kline, Peter's racist neighbor.
- Kimberly J. Brown as Sarah Sanderson, Peter's daughter and older child.
- Angus T. Jones as George "Georgie" Sanderson, Peter's son and younger child.
- Michael Rosenbaum as Todd Gendler, Peter's arrogant colleague.
- Steve Harris as Widow, Charlene's shady ex-boyfriend.
- Matt Lutz as Aaron
- Victor Webster as Glen
- Kelly Price as herself
Since the film's release in 2003, Bringing Down the House has received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes currently gives the film a "rotten" score of 34% based on 145 reviews, the general consensus being, "Though the cast shines, they can't save this comedy, which is overly contrived and filled with outdated and offensive racial jokes."
On a budget of $35 million the film became a surprise hit. It earned $132.6 million in the United States and an international gross of $32 million, bringing its worldwide gross to $164.6 million. As of March 2009, it is ranked #231 of the All Time Top Grossing USA Motion Pictures.
Awards and nominations
- Won – Teen Choice Awards 2003 for Choice Movie Actress Comedy
- Won – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
- Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Performance
- Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with Missi Pyle)
- Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Dance Sequence
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