Bringing Down the House is not a great movie, but Steve Martin is still
one wild and crazy guy.
It's a black and white culture clash comedy,
full of laughs and some screwball chemistry going on, where the
stars act like fools.
All Martin fans should be impressed. It's
not art, but funny enough for me.
As bland and predictable comedies go, this
one is both bland and predictable.
Steve Martin plays it mostly straight,
so Queen Latifah can do no wrong, but it's a movie that is funny
despite itself, not because of plot contrivances or physical
comedy, but by sheer dumb luck.
The character actors go all out, which
helps overcome a weak script that should never have been made
into a movie.
Bringing Down the House is a rough, poorly adjusted comedy that is precisely
formula material--made worse by an absolute careless depiction
of the characters, whose path to friendship is neither believable
nor remotely accounted for.
Most of the jokes turn on racial patterns,
which the film presents without a sense of humor and certainly