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Bringing Down The House [DVD] 
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The hilarious Steve Martin (Father of the Bride) and Academy Award nominated Queen Latifah (Chicago) star in the blockbuster, laugh-out-loud comedy Bringing Down The House. Peter Sanderson (Martin), a divorced, straightlaced, uptight workaholic lawyer, meets a brainy. bombshell barrister in an online chatroom and they make a date. Expecting his soul mate, he opens the door and finds himself face to face with Charlene (Latifah) a wild and crazy soul sister whos just escaped from prison and wants Peter to clear her name. But Peter wants absolutely nothing to do with her, and that prompts Charlene to turn Peters perfectly ordered life totally upside down. Hysterical complications abound and Peter soon finds out he may need Charlene just as much as she needs him.
The pleasingly contrasting comic styles of Queen Latifah and Steve Martin bring some energy to Bringing Down the House, an otherwise hopelessly formulaic comedy. Martin plays Peter, an uptight lawyer too obsessed with work to spend quality time with his kids. Into his life comes Queen Latifah as Charlene, an escaped convict who threatens to wreck his relationship with a wealthy but arch-conservative client (Joan Plowright, in high dudgeon) if Peter won't take up her case. Of course, Latifah's exuberant ways enchant his kids and bring out a looser, livelier side of Peter, all in a series of scenes so standard they hardly register. Thank goodness for Eugene Levy; as one of Peter's law partners with a taste for Charlene's bodacious brand of sexy, Levy's ingenious transformation from nebbish to loverman is the movie's secret weapon, stealthily planting comic explosions amidst the modest rice-krispie-crackle of the stale plot. --Bret Fetzer
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Martin plays an uptight lawyer who lives in a wealthy suburban area, he's divorced and has two kids. Under the pseudonym 'Legaleagle', he meets Charlene, a.k.a. 'Lawyer-girl' in a chatroom. Charlene sends a picture of herself as a leggy blonde, and Martin is unpleasantly surprised when Latifah shows up on his doorstep, and it turns out she was in the photo - being taken away by the police in the background! Charlene needs Peter (Steve Martin - i think that's his name!) to clear her name, and what results is actually a quite touching comedy, featuring star turns from not only Martin and Latifah, but also from Missi Pyle (Josie and the Pussycats) and Eugene Levy (American Pie series), who add more to the comic value of the film.
There are many references to racial differences within the film but they're not unpleasant as some people make them out to be. The film could have been a lot, lot better (blame the writers, not the actors), but it gets four stars just because it's a nice way to spend an afternoon! But don't buy if you expect to be rolling on the floor laughing.
Don't get me wrong, steve martin does shine especially in the scene where his daughter is relaying the events of a party that a dad just doesn't want to hear. Following latifa's character's advice to stay cool to gain her trust, he bites his tongue and instead of going mad, says, "That was SOME party"!
The plot is a bit weak but the character's and crazy stuff that happen more than make up for it.
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