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Bringing Down the House

Bringing Down the House

Director:Adam Shankman
Cast:Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright, Jean Smart
Genre:Film, Comedy

By Joe MacLeod | Posted

This adventure in bankable box-office blandness stars Steve Martin as Peter Sanderson, a tight-assed workaholic Caucasian-American who searches for love with a similarly tight-assed white woman like his ex-wife (Jean Smart) on the Internet but instead ends up with Charlene Morton (Queen Latifah), a black woman with a legal problem and a fistful of African-American attitude all up in the heezy, etc. In the context of the safe PG-13 action, it's humorous to watch Eugene Levy (as sidekick Howie Rosenthal) spit Blinglish such as, "You got me straight-trippin', boo." And although Steve Martin's (required?) dance scene with Queen Latifah isn't quite as funny as Warren Beatty and Halle Berry in Bulworth, this film has one of the greatest female film fight scenes of all time, pitting Latifah's character in a brutal contest against an aerobicised WASP played by Kimberly J. Brown. Also starring Steve Harris, baldheaded lawyer-guy from television's The Practice, as a heavily tattooed thug, and old white broads Betty White (get it?) and Joan Plowright as bigoted old beeyotches.

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