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  • Summary: A divorced, uptight attorney (Martin) is smitten with a brainy, bombshell barrister he's been chatting with on-line. However, when they finally meet, she (Queen Latifah) turns out to be a prison escapee who's proclaiming her innocence and wants his to help clear her name. In the end, the unlikely pair has the chance to put each other's lives on higher ground?if they don't end up bringing down the house. (Touchstone Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 31
  2. Negative: 10 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    Hits an edginess that will keep today’s audiences laughing.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    A gut-busting black-and-white culture clash comedy. It's not elegantly done. Some of the acting is too broad to enjoy. It has plot problems and racial-stereotype problems.
  3. A comedy that successfully plays with stereotypes, both racial and personal.
  4. The racial angle becomes the tiresome basis of almost every joke.
  5. Although that pairing (Martin/Latifah) alone may be enough to make this movie a hit, the material is thin and pandering and almost criminally negligent in bypassing opportunities for humor.
  6. 38
    Leans on just as many stereotypes as it tweaks.
  7. 10
    The rare film that is capable of offending both Trent Lott and Al Sharpton.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 16 out of 29
  1. Feb 8, 2013
    A little racist perhaps but there's no denying that this is a funny film that will please the right audiences, and probably offend everyone else. Both Steve Martin Queen Latifah are favs actors of mine so I think I was always bound to like this film, and there are so many funny and memorable scenes. It's also quite a clever storyline with a few twists in there as well as having enough in it to keep you thoroughly entertained. Overall as long as its not taken too seriously it's a good laugh! Expand
  2. Aug 28, 2014
    I'll admit: one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Are Steve Martin & Queen Latifah quite as awful as critics may suggest? Bringing Down the House is clever and filled with plenty of light-hearted laughs. Expand

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