Bringing Down the House
Everything he needed to know about life, she learned in prison.
Straight-laced lawyer, Peter Sanderson (Steve Martin) meets and falls in love with online chat friend "Lawyer-Girl", Charlene Morton (Queen Latifah), only to discover she's a convicted bank robber. Charlene escapes from jail and comes looking for Peter to help clear her name.
You have to appreciate anyone that digs Joan Plowright out of the mothballs, and Queen Latifah has charisma. That's about it. Script by Jason Filardi, his first.
Bringing Down the House started well and the premise at first seemed promising but it didn't take me too long to realize that this movie was destined to become a mess. The humor is too idiotic, the story is downright stupid and predictable, and not even Latifah or Martin seemed to know very well what they were doing.
I used to love Steve Martin but now I've gone through his films and, well, y'know...
1.5 out of the 5 (C-)
This has a lot of problems (like plot holes, a contrived story, and it plays too often to stereotypes) but thanks to a shining cast that includes Steve Martin, Eugene Levy, and Queen Latifah, they make for some funny, laugh out loud and even hilarious moments that save the film.
Bringing Down the House is a solid comedy in my opinion. It made me laugh out loud on a couple of occasions and was consistently funny throughout.
Latifah and Martin; hilarity ensues or so they would have you believe.
This movie made me uncomfortable with my liberal white racism.