Down to Earth It's fun to see a great stand-up comedian like Chris Rock play a struggling, not-so-great comedian who, having been dispatched to heaven before his time,… Down to Earth It's fun to see a great stand-up comedian like Chris Rock play a struggling, not-so-great comedian who, having been dispatched to heaven before his time,… 2001-02-16 PG-13 PT95M Comedy Chris Rock Mark Addy Jennifer Coolidge Frankie Faison Greg Germann Regina King Eugene Levy Chazz Palminteri 3 Arts Entertainment Alphaville Films Paramount Pictures Village Roadshow Paramount Pictures
Movie Review

Movie Review: 'Down to Earth' (2001)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Feb 16, 2001; Rated: PG-13; Length: 95 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Chris Rock; Distributor: Paramount Pictures

It's fun to see a great stand-up comedian like Chris Rock play a struggling, not-so-great comedian who, having been dispatched to heaven before his time, gets a reprieve on earth in the best available body at the moment -- that of an old, pale plutocrat. This version isn't as divine as the remake Heaven Can Wait or the original Here Comes Mr. Jordan. But the comic's riffs are predictably taut, enhanced by the notion that although we see him as slim, black Rock, those around him see a lardy white guy who digs DMX's ''Ruff Ryders' Anthem.'' B-

Originally posted Mar 09, 2001 Published in issue #586 Mar 09, 2001 Order article reprints