Bringing Down the House

Bringing Down the House
Bringing Down the House
  • PG-13
  • 1h 45m
  • 2003
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The hilarious Steve Martin and Queen Latifah star with Eugene Levy in the laugh-out-loud hit comedy BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE. Peter Sanderson (Martin), a divorced, straitlaced, uptight workaholic attorney, meets a brainy bombshell lawyer in an on-line chat room and they make a date. Expecting his soul mate, he opens the door and finds himself face-to-face with Charlene (Latifah) -- a wild and crazy soul "sister" who's just escaped from prison and wants Peter to clear her name. But Peter wants absolutely nothing to do with her, and that prompts Charlene to turn Peter's perfectly ordered life totally upside down. Peter soon finds out he may need Charlene just as much as she needs him. It's a houseful of fun your family will enjoy again and again.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Though the cast shines, they can't save this comedy, which is overly contrived and filled with outdated and offensive racial jokes.
New York Daily News
Jami Bernard

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

June 17, 2017
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper

You have somebody as smart as Steve Martin, and as smart and appealing as Queen Latifah in a movie...

June 17, 2017
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Robert Denerstein

A comedy constructed from tapped-out ideas.

June 17, 2017
Village Voice
Jane Dark

A Film in Which Steve Martin Will Appear in Full Hip-Hop Drag With Appropriate Slang for Not Less...

June 17, 2017
New York Magazine/Vulture
Peter Rainer

The material is thin and pandering and almost criminally negligent in bypassing opportunities for...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Martin and Latifah rule in boundary-pushing PG-13.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some very strong material for a PG-13, including explicit sexual references and a graphic apparent sexual situation, very strong language, a lot of drinking, and drug humor (it's supposed to be very funny that a very dignified elderly lady gets stoned on marijuana). A young teenage girl sneaks out with a boy and finds it more than she can handle when he takes her to a party where people are drinking and doing drugs and he tries to force her to have sex. It is supposed to be funny that Peter's son reads a dirty magazine (that belongs to Peter) and that Peter's sister-in-law is essentially a paid girlfriend for very elderly rich men. Some people may be offended by some of the racist language and stereotypes, but the movie is clear that it is offensive and stupid to be bigoted and cowardly and foolish to be silent when those views are expressed.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:March 7, 2003
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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