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Bringing Down the House

Year: 2003
Director: Adam Shankman
Cast: Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy
A classic odd couple comedy, and by classic, I don't mean it's necessarily good, just that it riffs on the time honoured Odd Couple traditions.

An uptight white lawyer (Martin) is chatting to a woman he thinks is an equally uptight white lawyer online, enjoying the burgeoning romance, but when she crashes into his life and turns out to be jive-talkin' she-gangsta Queen Latifah, you just know the jokes are going to come thick and fast (you also know what most of them are going to be before they arrive).

A very predictable character arc for everyone follows, complete with the comic institutions such as the funny sidekick (in the shape of Eugene Levy) who can speak 'black', Eminem digs and the usual morals-of-the-story. A few laughs, little more.

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