Bringing Down the House

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Bringing Down the House (Touchstone Movie)

“Bringing Down the House” is a comedy film released in 2003, produced by Touchstone Pictures and directed by Adam Shankman. The movie stars Steve Martin as Peter Sanderson, a successful tax attorney who is going through a midlife crisis after his wife divorces him. One night, Peter starts chatting online with a woman named Charlene Morton (played by Queen Latifah), whom he believes to be a fellow attorney.

However, when they decide to meet in person, Peter is shocked to discover that Charlene is actually an escaped convict looking for legal help to clear her name. Despite his initial reservations, Peter agrees to help her and soon finds himself caught up in a series of hilarious and chaotic misadventures.

As Peter and Charlene work together to prove her innocence, they develop an unlikely friendship, and Peter starts to loosen up and rediscover his zest for life. Along the way, they must navigate various obstacles, including Peter’s skeptical friends and colleagues, as well as the law enforcement officers trying to track down Charlene.

The film explores themes of friendship, acceptance, and the importance of not judging others based on appearances or preconceived notions. It blends humor and heartwarming moments, making it an enjoyable and entertaining watch for audiences.

“Bringing Down the House” received mixed reviews from critics but was well-received by audiences, becoming a commercial success. The chemistry between Steve Martin and Queen Latifah is a highlight of the film, and their performances contribute to the movie’s charm.

With its witty dialogue, amusing situations, and positive messages about the value of human connections, “Bringing Down the House” stands as a lighthearted and feel-good comedy that continues to entertain viewers years after its release.

Additional Details


  • Steve Martin: Peter Sanderson
  • Queen Latifah: Charlene Morton
  • Eugene Levy: Howie Rottman
  • Kimberly J. Brown: Sarah Sanderson
  • Angus T. Jones: Georgie Sanderson
  • Jean Smart: Kate Sanderson
  • Missi Pyle: Ashley
  • Joan Plowright: Virginia Arness
  • Steve Harris: Widow
  • Michael Rosenbaum: Todd Gendler
  • Betty White: Mrs. Kline
  • Jim Haynie: Ed Tobias
  • Matt Lutz: Aaron
  • Victor Webster: Glen
  • Kelly Price: herself


  • Director: Adam Shankman
  • Producers: David Hoberman and Ashok Amirtraj
  • Writer: Jason Filardi

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