Bringing Down the House

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  105 min.
Release Date: March 7, 2003
DVD: August 5, 2003

Current rating: Rating: 4.26
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Cast: Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy, Jean Smart, Michael Rosenbaum, Betty White, Joan Plowright


Peter Sanderson (Martin) is a divorced, straight-laced, uptight attorney who still loves his ex-wife (Smart) 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 online. 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 (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, jeopardizing his effort to get back with his wife and woo a billion dollar client (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.

Director: Adam Shankman
Studio: Touchstone Pictures
Producer(s): David Hoberman, Ashok Amritraj
Screenplay: Jason Filardi

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