Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Film Openings 

Week of March 5, 2003

Bringing Down the House. Adam Shankman. Internet dating is a mainstream trend now, so behold, a bland new Disney comedy uses it as a jumping-off point. Workaholic lawyer Peter (Steve Martin) thinks he's courting a slender female legal eagle online, but when she turns out to be a con named Charlene (Queen Latifah), wackiness ensues. Do the mismatched twosome start realizing that beauty is more than skin deep, and that love can conquer all? Not exactly. Interracial dating may no longer be taboo onscreen, but dating an overweight woman is still considered a joke. Charlene instead gets paired up with Eugene Levy, who's portrayed as a freak for being attracted to her. Peter and Charlene do of course learn Valuable Life Lessons, but safe ones: He helps her try to prove she was framed, and she helps him become less uptight so his estranged wife will like him again. Director Adam Shankman (The Wedding Planner) has no sense of pace or comedic timing; Martin's stint hosting the Oscars was more entertaining than this. Opens Friday, March 7, at multiple locations. (Luke Y. Thompson)

City of God. Fernando Meirelles, Katia Lund. Opens Friday, March 7, at the Tivoli. Reviewed this issue.

Shanghai Ghetto. Dana Janklowicz-Mann, Amir Mann. Opens Friday, March 7, at the Tivoli. Reviewed this issue.

Tears of the Sun. Antoine Fuqua. Opens Friday, March 7, at multiple locations. Reviewed this issue.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Latest in Film Listings

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 16, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation