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Down To Earth [VHS] [2001]

4.4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Chris Rock, Regina King, Chazz Palminteri, Eugene Levy, Frankie Faison
  • Directors: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
  • Writers: Chris Rock, Ali LeRoi, Elaine May, Lance Crouther, Louis C.K.
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 10 Jun. 2002
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UO6O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479,591 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Remake of the hit reincarnation comedies 'Here Comes Mr Jordan' (1941) and 'Heaven Can Wait' (1978). Chris Rock plays Lance Barton, a struggling black comic who meets an untimely end in a road accident. Lance protests to the heavenly bureaucrats that he has been taken too soon, and luckily for him they agree, subsequently allowing him to return to Earth in the body of just-murdered white millionaire Charles Wellington. Now, in this unlikely guise, Lance sets out to realise his dreams: to make it big as a comedian and win the heart of the woman he loves.

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Down to Earth, a tepid reworking of Warren Beatty's Heaven Can Wait (itself a remake of 1941's Here Comes Mr. Jordan), tries to mould comedian Chris Rock into an amiable romantic lead, but it softens the scathingly observant humour that made Rock a stand-up successor to Richard Pryor. Rock's aggressive style is bracingly expressed in a few good scenes, but through most of this movie--from the directors of American Pie--he struggles with dialogue that would barely pass muster in a low-rated sitcom. Edgy potential loses out to crowd-pleasing with the familiar body-switch formula: by way of premature death and bad timing on the part of heaven's Vegas-styled gatekeepers (played by Eugene Levy and Chazz Palminteri), Rock--as struggling comedian Lance Barton--is reincarnated as a 55-year-old white billionaire with a nasty reputation.

Adjusting (too easily) to his racial transition, Lance charms a hospital administrator (Regina King) who's amazed to see the selfish white billionaire turning into romantic philanthropist. This allows plenty of black/white-contrast jokes (did you ever see a fat, middle-aged white guy who's into hip-hop?), and Rock, who co-wrote the screenplay, still manages to work some pointed politics into the movie's good-natured tone. It's guaranteed that some will find Down to Earth quite entertaining, but others will wonder how potent this comedy could have been if Rock had been more willing to confront the harsher truths that lurk beneath the comedy.--Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Chris Rock is what makes this film funny! He is a great actor and the film is great too! Down to Earth is a sad but funny and moving film! It is good to watch if you like to watch comedys and if you like a laugh with your friends! I garentee that if you watch this film on a night in with your mates then you will enjoy this fab film!
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By Gem on 18 April 2012
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I watched the three times and laughed out loud each time. I love comedies and this is certainly one of my favorites
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i loved the original "heaven can wait" but found this much more entertaining, very funny, and kept my attention. Chris Rock plays the part so much better than the original. he came across as a naturally funny guy with loads of quips and humour. i would highly recommend this film. easily a five star.
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By A Customer on 29 Jun. 2004
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film does fail to show chris rocks potential. There are moments when rock shines and you are left wih some great humour. But the script is poor and characters lack any depth. Worth a view just because its rock but his films do lack the charm that murphy and lawrence films carry at the moment.
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Allways give me good custom so you never have to worry they deliver your product on time and give you what you ask for I buy often .
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This is Chris Rocks version of heaven can wait which starred warren beatty.so if you loved that then you may like this aswell.
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A very funny film with some great music,I think as a remake it is actually better than the warren beatty version.
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this DVD came in good condition and excellent packaging. it was recieved within a couple of days of ordering
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