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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.

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Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
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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, a struggling comedian and bicycle messenger, it's the last thing on his mind. His due date upstairs is 50 years away. In the meantime, he's got 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 ain't that funny. Thanks to an over-cautious emissary from heaven, Mr. Keyes, 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, the streetwise, no-nonsense head angel who manages the place from his plush windowed office. Since returning to his own body on Earth is ... Written by Gilbert lee

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Taglines:

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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Details

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:

$20,027,309, 18 February 2001

Gross USA:

$64,186,502

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,186,502
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Chris Rock stated on Total Request Live (1998) that if the film grossed over $25 million during its opening weekend he would return to host that year's MTV Video Music Awards. The film ultimately fell short, grossing $20 million over the four day President's Day weekend. Jamie Foxx hosted that year's Video Music Awards though Rock returned to host in 2003. See more »

Goofs

At the very end of the film, in the overhead shot of Chris Rock driving away through nighttime traffic, he goes through an intersection where a driver (waiting to turn left after Chris passes) flashes his headlights at him, because his headlights are not turned on. See more »

Quotes

Sontee Jenkins: What kind of man are you?
Lance Barton: Sounds like I'm an asshole!
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Connections

Version of Heaven's Touch (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

What If I Was White
By Sticky Fingaz & Damon Elliott
Performed by Sticky Fingaz featuring Eminem
Courtesy of Universal Records, Inc.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Very cute
11 November 2001 | by LaraReneeSee all my reviews

I just watched this movie for the second time tonight and I liked it as much as I did the first time. Granted it's not high art or deep thinking but sometimes it's comforting to sit down in front of the TV and relax to a movie. I would recomend this to anyone who wanted a soft smile and a cute plot.


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