Bringing Down the House (film)

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Bringing Down the House
Bringing down the house poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAdam Shankman
Produced byDavid Hoberman
Ashok Amritraj
Written byJason Filardi
StarringSteve Martin
Queen Latifah
Eugene Levy
Joan Plowright
Jean Smart
Missi Pyle
and Betty White
Music byLalo Schifrin
CinematographyJulio Macat
Editing byGerald B. Greenberg
StudioTouchstone Pictures
Hyde Park Entertainment
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release datesMarch 7, 2003
Running time105 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$33 million
Box office$164,729,679
 
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Bringing Down the House
Bringing down the house poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAdam Shankman
Produced byDavid Hoberman
Ashok Amritraj
Written byJason Filardi
StarringSteve Martin
Queen Latifah
Eugene Levy
Joan Plowright
Jean Smart
Missi Pyle
and Betty White
Music byLalo Schifrin
CinematographyJulio Macat
Editing byGerald B. Greenberg
StudioTouchstone Pictures
Hyde Park Entertainment
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release datesMarch 7, 2003
Running time105 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$33 million
Box office$164,729,679

Bringing Down the House is a 2003 American comedy film, written by Jason Filardi and directed by Adam Shankman. The film stars Steve Martin and Queen Latifah.

Plot[edit]

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 8 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)who is a wanna-be bad girl 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: "Movie" Version).Georgie sits with Charlene as she starts to help him develop his reading skills to impress his dad but in a way of an inappropriate magazine for an 8 year old Charlene found under the desk of Peter's. Sarah's friend tricks Peter into her being in a party. meanwhile peter is a little hungry he eats with Charlene and for the first time from the start of his divorce he Begins to have fun as Ashley and Kate are very scared of the scenario. As they home having Sex Mrs. Kline believed in him bumping his Nanny. Charlene and widow reconcile. As Sarah wants Charlene to comes take her home, Peter realizes that she was for . 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, at his firm He realizes that Arness didn't call the cops but the ["Federal Bureau Investigation" Team]. realizes that widow made the case affect him all along as he was in hiding, Charlene Now knows who set her up. Howie's Positive attention begins to get Charlene to Be with him. They reach Arness house but trouble doesn't come due to William (Her Dog) being tied up and Julia, Arness Nanny out of reach. Todd Gendler gets a punch for being a negative remake. The kid's of Peter Try to persuade mom to believing that he moved on from the old ways and he doesn't think about himself anymore. The four of them(Pete,Charlene,Howie and Arness)drive up the gangster club of widow's and make a final confrontation. 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, Mrs. Virginia Arness wants no more from Peter. When peter and his associate Sofia [Tracey Jones]move out, Tobias, and his other boss are sorry for understanding new dynamic in peter but in Self-retiring from the firm, he moves out of the office with a final Charlene moment. Charlene Thanks him for everything he did. One final Appreciated remark and she now leaves peter to Have a good conversation with his wife. With asking to give him a second chance she does and reconciles once and for all.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

A soundtrack containing hip hop and R&B music was released on March 4, 2003 by Hollywood Records. It peaked at 111 on the Billboard 200 and 23 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

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."

Box office[edit]

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.[1] As of March 2009, it is ranked #231 of the All Time Top Grossing USA Motion Pictures.[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Queen Latifah

Steve Martin

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