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Bringing Down the House

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Adam Shankman
Produced by Queen Latifah
Written by Jason Filardi
Starring Steve Martin
Queen Latifah
Eugene Levy
Joan Plowright
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Cinematography Julio Macat
Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) March 7, 2003
Running time 105 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $35 million
Gross revenue $164,729,679

Bringing Down the House is a 2003 American comedy film, written by Jason Filardi and directed by Adam Shankman. The film stars Steve Martin and Queen Latifah.



Peter Sanderson (Steve Martin) is a workaholic tax attorney corresponding with an online friend known only as "lawyer-girl". On their first blind date, Peter learns that "lawyer-girl" is Charlene Morton (Queen Latifah), a plus-sized, wrongfully convicted bank robber claiming her innocence who wants Peter's help in getting the charges dropped. Peter also must deal with Virginia Arness (Joan Plowright), an eccentric billionaire, to bring her business to his firm, as well as competitive colleagues and bosses. His neighbor, Mrs. Kline (Betty White), who happens to be a sister of one of the senior partners, is a nosy bigot. Peter attempts to juggle these issues as well as reconcile with his estranged wife (Jean Smart) and children (Kimberly J. Brown and Angus T. Jones).



A soundtrack containing hip hop and R&B music was released on March 4, 2003 by Hollywood Records. It peaked at 111 on the Billboard 200 and 23 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.



Box office

On a budget of $35 million the film became a surprise hit. It earned $132.6 million in the United States and an international gross of $32 million, bringing its worldwide gross to $164.6 million.[1] As of March 2009, it is ranked #231 of the All Time Top Grossing USA Motion Pictures.[2]

Awards and nominations

Queen Latifah

Steve Martin

  • Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Dance Sequence


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