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Still shot from the movie: Down To Earth.

Down To Earth

Saturday Night Live comedian Chris Rock stars as Lance Barton, a fictitious African-American stand-up comedian who only wants two things: To reign supreme at the classic Harlem Apollo Theater Amateur Night contest, and get the attention of Sontee (Regina King), the girl he adores. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C-
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: D+
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 87
Theater Release: 16 Feb 2001
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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.

Much of Down to Earth revolves around the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem. In the movie, it’s stated that the theater is closing. Is Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater really going down for the last time? Actually, the real story is the Apollo’s resurrection: http://afgen.com/harlem.html

What is Harlem like today? Read about one woman’s experiences at the following web site: http://www.salon.com/june97/wanderlust/postmark970617.html

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