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Bringing Down the House is a 2003 American comedy film, written by JasonFilardi and directed by AdamShankman. The film stars Creator/SteveMartin and Music/QueenLatifah.

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 (JoanPlowright), an eccentric billionaire, to bring her business to his firm, as well as competitive colleagues and bosses. His neighbor, Mrs. Kline (Creator/BettyWhite), 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 (JeanSmart) and children (KimberlyJBrown and AngusTJones).

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. As of March 2009, it is ranked #231 of the All Time Top Grossing USA Motion Pictures.

Not to be confused with the book of the same name, which was adapted into the movie [[Film/TwentyOne 21]].
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!!This film provides examples of:

* CatFight: Missi Pyle vs Queen Latifah
* CatharticScream: Peter listens to a (presumably long) confession from his teenage daughter about all the things in her life. After hearing this, he very calmly walks upstairs, takes a pillow, holds it to his face, and screams.
** Then proceeds to take a couple pills, then scream into the pillow again.
* ChekhovsGun: Charlene's tendency to keep things in her bra.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: [[spoiler: Knowing they would probably check him for a wire, Peter brings a boom box into the back room of the club. When Widow tells him to shut it off, he hits record instead of stop.]]
* FirstFatherWins
* {{Jerkass}}: Ashley, Peter's conniving, manipulative, gold digging, racist, alcoholic, self-absorbed sister-in-law. She may also count as a HateSink since she offers nothing to the movie except being a giant bitch.
* JiveTurkey: Steve Martin does it.
* MagicalNegro: Charlene swoops into Peter's life and loosens him up.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Again, Charlene's effect on Peter.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Queen Latifah pretending to be the servant.
** Beyond that, she's demonstrated that she's just as capable at acting "white bread" and "W.A.S.P."-y as Peter and his associates, but that's not who she is.
* PocketProtector: [[spoiler: Charlene survives a bullet when it hits the cell phone she's been keeping in her bra.]]
** [[spoiler:For Clarification, The cell phone was ((titanium?)) cased, which explains why it worked [a plastic cellphone case would not have stopped the bullet]]]
* RacistGrandma: The next door neighbor (played by Creator/BettyWhite).
** Mrs. Arness could count too, though she's more ignorant than racist.
* SassyBlackWoman: Guess.
* ScaryBlackMan: Widow (Queen Latifah's ex)
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Peter starts the film with neglecting his family to keep his career afloat.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Peter's friend Howie (Creator/EugeneLevy) immediately falls for "that cocoa goddess" the second he sees Charlene. Several characters also accuse Peter of having "Jungle Fever" when they see him with her.
** [[spoiler: Howie and Charlene do indeed get together at the end.]] Howie tells Peter to tell Charlene for him that "the cool points are out the window and she's got him all twisted up in his game." Peter gives Charlene the message, and says that's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to her.
* WhyDoYouHateTheDog: Peter as the Middle Aged White Guy and Charlene as the disruption that everyone adores.
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