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Bringing Down the HouseThe 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...Bringing Down the HouseComedyPT105MPG-13The 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...2003-08-08Kimberly J. BrownSteve HarrisAngus T. JonesEugene LevyJoan PlowrightMissi PyleMichael RosenbaumJean SmartBetty WhiteKimberly J. Brown, Steve Harris, Angus T. Jones, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright, Missi Pyle, Michael Rosenbaum, Jean Smart, Betty WhiteTouchstone Pictures
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Bringing Down the House

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

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.

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