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Still shot from the movie: Bringing Down the House.

Bringing Down the House

A strictly conservative suit-and-tie kind of guy, Peter Sanderson (Steve Martin) is devoted to his work at the firm. But his employment commitment has left his family on hold one too many times. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: C
Sexual Content: C-
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: D
Run Time: 105
Theater Release: 07 Mar 2003
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

From the opening scenes of this movie, misrepresentation and lying are common themes. Who lied in this film, how did it affect them and did they learn anything about being truthful?

According to a press release, Queen Latifah, who also is an executive producer on the project, acknowledges the controversial nature of this film’s comedy. What is the difference between laughing at your own cultural mores and making fun of another group’s? How did you feel about the jokes in this film?

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