Rating Explanation: for language, sexual humor and drug material
DVD Features: Deleted scenes; Gag reel; "Breaking Down Bringing Down the House" behind-the-scenes featurette; Queen Latifah music video "Better Than the Rest"; "The Godfather of Hop" featurette; "Da' Commentary" with director Adam Shankman and writer Jason Filardi.
Bringing Down The House
The film opens with Martin canceling a planned vacation to Hawaii with his children in order to pursue a lucrative account for his law firm with a conservative, uptight English heiress, played by Joan Plowright. She has an English Bulldog called William Shakespeare that steals every scene that he's in. Martin has also been having an internet chat room relationship with a woman who calls herself “lawyer-girl.” When he invites her to a romantic dinner at his house, she turns out to be a convicted armed robber (Latifah) who is seeking help to clear her name of the crime that she claims she didn't commit. The appalled Martin does everything he can to get rid of her, but she is persistent and forces her way into his life, accepting every degrading thing he asks her to do for him to help him land the Plowright account. Much of the comic fun comes from Eugene Levy as Martin's co-worker and friend. He has some truly funny moments with his sharp wit and caustic delivery. In a more minor role, Betty White is also hilarious as a horribly racist neighbor. The film directed by Adam Shankman (The Wedding Planner) shows some real style but its biggest laughs comes from the way it lampoons racial stereotyping and intolerance. It will probably keep you smiling throughout until its predictible Hollywood ending.