Bringing Down the House
Bringing Down the House (2003)

A man looking for a woman just like himself ends up with someone quite different in this farcical comedy. Peter Sanderson (Steve Martin) is a lawyer who is having trouble getting his life back on track after his wife, Kate (Jean Smart),… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 7, 2003
DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
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Critic Score: 34% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though the cast shines, they can't save this comedy, which is overly contrived and filled with outdated and offensive racial jokes.

Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

A comedy that successfully plays with stereotypes, both racial and personal.

Jane Dark
Village Voice

A Film in Which Steve Martin Will Appear in Full Hip-Hop Drag With Appropriate Slang for Not Less Than Six Minutes.

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Brian Orndorf

It's a wheezing, rusted machine of cheap jokes, cartoon performances, and crummy plotting, using shock value and insensitivity to make its painfully unfunny points.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

You have somebody as smart as Steve Martin, and as smart and appealing as Queen Latifah in a movie like this. To have such an awful, offensive story is a real disappointment.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

The material is thin and pandering and almost criminally negligent in bypassing opportunities for humor.

James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Everything about this film is painfully familiar, except, perhaps, for the vicious-but-comic catfight between Latifah and Missi Pyle, who plays a high-society gold digger.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

A comedy constructed from tapped-out ideas.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

It's a sorry situation when actors as talented and funny as Queen Latifah and Steve Martin waste their efforts in an offensive exercise that feels like a bad sitcom.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Martin and Latifah rule in boundary-pushing PG-13.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
Though it's slightly emphatic from the amount of racial humor, Bringing Down the House is a charming comedy. Steve Martin is slick and humorous as only he… More
Wahida K
This Movie reminds me a little bit of the Movie House Sitter?
Bethany Murphy
A great feel good comedy!
Coxxie Mild Sauce
please please god take Queen Latifas ego down one notch. did her parents HAVE TO name her Queen?? what did they think that would do to her??
Richard C
Derek Daniels
This movie is so fanatically racist at times that, had Steve Martin not been starring in it, I could swear I was watching Roots. And with Eugene Levy… More