Bringing Down the House 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…
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Bringing Down the House (2003)

Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, ... | SYSTEM FAILURE ''House'' needs rebooting
Image credit: Bringing Down the House: Sam Emerson
SYSTEM FAILURE ''House'' needs rebooting

Details Release Date: Aug 05, 2003; DVD Release Date: Aug 05, 2003; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genre: Comedy; With: Queen Latifah and Steve Martin; Distributor: Touchstone Pictures; More

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.

Originally posted Aug 05, 2003 Published in issue #722 Aug 08, 2003 Order article reprints
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