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Down to Earth (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 16 February 2001 (USA)
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After dying before his time, an aspiring black comic gets a second shot at life - by being placed in the body of a wealthy white businessman.

Directors:

Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Rock ... Lance Barton
Regina King ... Sontee Jenkins
Chazz Palminteri ... King
Eugene Levy ... Keyes
Frankie Faison ... Whitney Daniels
Mark Addy ... Cisco
Greg Germann ... Sklar
Jennifer Coolidge ... Mrs. Wellington
Wanda Sykes ... Wanda
John Cho ... Phil Quon
Mario Joyner ... Apollo M.C.
Bryetta Calloway ... Gospel Singer
Martha Chaves Martha Chaves ... Rosa
Brian Rhodes ... Charles Wellington, III
Herb Lovelle ... Trashman
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Storyline

It seems everyone is trying to get into heaven; at least those whose time is up. For Lance Barton (Chris Rock), a struggling comedian and bicycle messenger, it's the last thing on his mind. His due date in heaven is fifty years away. In the meantime, he has big dreams to pursue on Earth, such as landing a slot at the final Amateur Night Contest at the famed Apollo Theatre. Lance's has one little problem though - he isn't that funny. Thanks to an overly cautious emissary from heaven, Mr. Keyes (Eugene Levy), he's going to get hit (literally) with a much bigger problem. Showing that even God has difficulty finding good help these days, the inept minion mistakenly plucks Lance from a traffic accident - before it takes place. Transporting him to the Pearly Gates, or more accurately, the velvet roped-lines of the hottest club around, the error is finally addressed by Mr. King (Chazz Palminteri), the streetwise, no-nonsense head angel who manages the place from his plush windowed office. ... Written by Gilbert lee

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A story of premature reincarnation.

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sexual humor and some drug references | See all certifications »
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Trivia

In an early scene, Mrs. Wellington (Jennifer Coolidge) and Sklar (Greg Germann) are about to have sex on a pool table. In American Pie (1999), Coolidge's character played a woman who had sex on a pool table with a younger man. See more »

Goofs

During Wellington's speech to the board members, the glasses of the board member directly to his right jump back and forth between his hands and the table depending on the camera angle. See more »

Quotes

Lance Barton: You know, the first kiss is always in the middle of a sentence. It's always like, "Tomorrow I'm going to the zoo to see the monkeys and..."
[kiss]
Sontee Jenkins: Or it could be like..."Did you hear about that new war in Russia? I heard..."
[kiss]
Lance Barton: So I can call you, right? I mean, just to talk.
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Connections

References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Never Let Go
By Kevin 'She'kspere' Briggs (as Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs) & Kandi Burruss
Performed by 3 Little Women (as 3LW)
Produced by Kevin 'She'kspere' Briggs (as She'kspere)
3LW performs courtesy of Epic Records
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Needs some help
3 March 2001 | by tomritoSee all my reviews

This movie is a remake of two movies that were a lot better. The last one, Heaven Can Wait, was great, I suggest you see that one. This one is not so great. The last third of the movie is not so bad and Chris Rock starts to show some of the comic fun that got him to where he is today. However, I don't know what happened to the first two parts of this movie. It plays like some really bad "B" movie where people sound like they are in some bad TV sit-com. The situations are forced and it is like they are just trying to get the story over so they can start the real movie. It all seems real fake and the editing is just bad. I don't know how they could release this movie like that. Anyway, the last part isn't to bad, so wait for the video and see it then.


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Country:

Germany | Canada | Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Was Made to Love Her See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$49,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,268,883, 18 February 2001

Gross USA:

$64,186,502

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,186,502
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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