The premise of Bringing Down the House seemed funny enough: An online dating fiasco finds an ex-con from the hood (Queen Latifah) moving in with a white-bread tax attorney (Steve Martin). But a disappointing script full of, um, off-color jokes brings down more than just the house; it brings down the whole cast. Throw in Betty White talking about ”Negroes,” Joan Plowright smoking a doobie with some of ”the brothers,” and Martin gettin’ jiggy in a downtown nightclub and they’ve got us straight trippin’, all right. No doubt about it, this is a ”House” in desperate need of a renovation. EXTRAS Close the windows and lock the doors, we don’t want any more.
(Bringing Down the House: Sam Emerson)
Genre: Comedy; Starring: Queen Latifah, Steve Martin, Kimberly J. Brown, Steve Harris, Angus T. Jones, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright, Missi Pyle, Michael Rosenbaum, Jean Smart, Betty White; Director: Adam Shankman; Author: Jason Filardi; Release Date Wide: 03/07/2003; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 105; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Touchstone Pictures
Posted August 8 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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