Bringing Down the House: Sam Emerson
August 08, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

Bringing Down the House

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
105 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/07/03
performer
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
distributor
Touchstone Pictures
author
Jason Filardi
genre
Comedy

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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