Bringing Down the House

Synopsis: Peter Sanderson is a divorced, straight-laced, uptight attorney who still loves his ex-wife and can't figure out what he did wrong to make her leave him. However, Peter's trying to move on, and he's smitten with a brainy, bombshell barrister he's been chatting with online. However, when she comes to his house for their first face-to-face, she isn't refined, isn't Ivy League, and isn't even a lawyer. Instead, it's Charlene, a prison escapee who's proclaiming her innocence and wants Peter to help her clear her name. But Peter wants nothing to do with her, prompting the loud and shocking Charlene to turn Peter's perfectly ordered life upside down, jeopardizing his effort to get back with his wife and won a billion dollar client.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Adam Shankman
Production: Touchstone Pictures
  4 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

Right away.

Can't help you with this one,|pal. See you later.

Peter, you cannot break|another promise to these kids.

You just can't.

I said I couldn't take them|to Hawaii.

I didn't say|I couldn't take them.

They can spend the week|with me.

They are gonna be|so disappointed.

I can't talk to you right now.

Um... Daddy can't take you|to Hawaii.

Oh, darn.

He always does this.

Sanderson, party of two.

Oh, you're the last|to arrive.

How long has she been here?

Mmm, about 20 minutes.

Was she trouble?

Thank you.

Hello.|I'm Peter Sanderson.

Well, I'm glad|they didn't send a child.

I told them I specifically|wanted someone my own age.

What a wonderful|French bulldog.

My mother had one.|They make great companions.

- What's her name?

His name is|William Shakespeare.

Well, of course.

Now, I've heard about|your unfortunate escapade.

I don't have escapades.

Fiasco with your|previous attorney.

The man was|a thieving criminal.

Just because I have|a lot of money

doesn't give people|the right to overcharge.

I do not enjoy|being taken advantage of.

Which is why our service|is free of charge.

After all, you worked hard|for your money.

I'm an heiress.

An heiress who worked hard|to keep her money.

Now, shall we get down|to business?


So, now you may hand over|your proposal.

I'll take it with me.


Well, I was expecting|to meet with you tomorrow.

I was assured|the proposal would be ready

for this afternoon.

I see no point|in our meeting tomorrow.

Excuse me.|Madam, I'm sorry.

We have a no-dog policy|in the lounge.

Unfortunately, I'm gonna have|to ask you to remove the dog.

Excuse me.|I am Mrs. Arness' attorney,

and because there is no sign|posted regarding dogs,

that means there is|no policy toward dogs.

Now, if you want to avoid|a legal situation,

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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