Box art for Bringing Down the House

Bringing Down the House

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available


The hilarious Steve Martin (FATHER OF THE BRIDE) and Academy Award-nominee Queen Latifah (Best Supporting Actress, 2002, CHICAGO) star with Eugene Levy (AMERICAN PIE) in the laugh-out-loud hit comedy BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
3 out of 5

Martin and Latifah rule in boundary-pushing PG-13.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some very strong material for a PG-13, including explicit sexual references and a graphic apparent sexual situation, very strong language, a lot of drinking, and drug humor (it's supposed to be very funny that a very dignified elderly lady gets stoned on marijuana). A young teenage girl sneaks out with a boy and finds it more than she can handle when he takes her to a party where people are drinking and doing drugs and he tries to force her to have sex. It is supposed to be funny that Peter's son reads a dirty magazine (that belongs to Peter) and that Peter's sister-in-law is essentially a paid girlfriend for very elderly rich men. Some people may be offended by some of the racist language and stereotypes, but the movie is clear that it is offensive and stupid to be bigoted and cowardly and foolish to be silent when those views are expressed.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Charlene's advice to Peter on how to communicate with his teenage daughter. They should also talk about how the adults in their family try to maintain a balance between work and family and how to best communicate to family members that they are the top priority.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews


- Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed, Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Rotten: If you've seen the commercials for Bringing Down the House, you already know the movie's best moments and most memorable lines...

- Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: The material has been done before and there's not much more one can do with it. Thank God for Queen Latifah and the broad strokes she brings to it.

- Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee, Friday, March 7, 2003

Audience Reviews

3 stars


- spielberg00, Friday, August 12, 2011

3 stars


- spielberg00, Friday, August 12, 2011

4 stars

A great feel good comedy!

- murphmann93, Friday, June 24, 2011