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Bringing down the house (In the houze) - Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy, Adam Shankman

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Everything he needed to know about life, she learned in prison.

Peter Sanderson (Steve Martin) is a divorced, straight-laced, uptight attorney who still loves his ex-wife and can't figure out what he did wrong to make her leave him. However, Peter's trying to move on, and he's smitten with a brainy, bombshell barrister he's been chatting with on-line. However, when she comes to his house for their first face to face, she isn't refined, isn't Ivy League and isn't even a lawyer. Instead, it's Charlene (Queen Latifah), a prison escapee who's proclaiming her innocence and wants Peter to help clear her name. But Peter wants nothing to do with her, prompting the loud and shocking Charlene to turn Peter's perfectly ordered life upside down, jeopardising his effort to get back with his wife and woo a billion dollar client (Joan Plowright). In the end, our unlikely pair has the chance to put each other's lives on higher ground - if they don't end up bringing down the house.

Persons of interest

  • Steve Martin .... Peter Sanderson
  • Queen Latifah .... Charlene
  • Eugene Levy .... Howie
  • Missi Pyle .... Ashley
  • Kimberly J Brown .... Sarah Sanderson
  • Angus T Jones .... Georgey Sanderson
  • Michael Ensign .... Daniel Barnes
  • Aengus James .... Mike
  • Matt Lutz .... Aaron Blair
  • Joan Plowright .... Mrs Arness
  • Michael Rosenbaum .... Todd Gendler
  • Betty White .... Mrs Kline
  • Jason Filardi .... Screenwriter
  • Adam Shankman .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Bringing down the house (In the houze) official movie site
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  • Awards and film festivals:
    • MTV Movie Awards 2004: Nominated: Best female performance (Queen Latifah), best fight (Queen Latifah vs Missi Pyle), best dance sequence (Steve Martin - "In da Club")
  • Studios and distributors:

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Just what it says. There are no surprises in Bringing down the house: you get an uptight Steve Martin comedy with some loose Queen Latifah thrown in to spice up the works. There are lots of jokes at the hood's expense and lots of jokes at the suburbs' expense but it all boils down to the fact that people need to relax more. The only true measurement of life is happiness.

Have some mindless fun.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and 2.0
  • Disc: Single side, dual layer
  • Languages: English (2.0 and 5.1), Spanish, Portuguese, Russian
  • Picture: Widescreen (2.35:1)
  • Special features:
    • Commentaries
    • Featurettes:
      • Breaking down Bringing down the house
      • The Godfather of hop
    • Gag reel
    • Music video: Queen Latifah - Better than the rest
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Danish, English, English captions, English closed captions, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Security censorship classification

M (Low level violence, drug use)

Surveillance time

100 minutes (1:40 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 3 April 2003
DVD retail: 21 April 2004

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