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Overall Rating
2.78

Awesome: 13.33%
Worth A Look: 11.11%
Average: 24.44%
Pretty Bad42.22%
Total Crap: 8.89%

4 reviews, 21 user ratings


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Down to Earth (2001)
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"Soiled"
2 stars

Speaking about Down To Earth, Chris Rock hoped we would like the movie and he assured us that it didn't suck. Really, that's the best thing you can say about this film. Itís a bland harmless thing. Itís not dreadful, although some of the jokes donít quite hit the mark. It has a vague hint of charm, but it could have done with a bit of spice.

It's all about this struggling comedian played by Rock who gets snapped up by an angel a fraction of a second before he gets hit by a truck. The angel assumed he was going to die, and wanted to avoid all that icky street scraping stuff. Turns out that was not the destined time for our man to shuffle of this mortal coil.

It's a bureaucratic slip up and so when heaven finds out about this it owes Chris Rock a favour. Being in a position where heaven owes you a favour sounds pretty cool. Shame that Rock wastes this opportunity on being nice to everybody. He takes the body of a hated corporate tyrant, but with Rockís spirit inside, the tyrant quickly changes to being all nice and stuff while picking up a girl on the way.

With Rock playing a comedian a number sequences in the film are just opportunities to see him do standup. This should have been the best part of the film, but it gets kind of embarrassing. At first heís intentionally not funny. Thatís bad enough, but then later he actually is meant to be funny, but all I was doing was wondering why the audience in the movie was laughing so much.

The best part of the film is Palmenteri as King, the supervisor angel. Palmenteri plays it like a clichť Italian mobster. Itís the only piece of originality in the film.

It's inoffensive, sugary and nice - you can't get motivated to be more praiseworthy than that. Bridget Jonesís Diary is much funnier. Evolution is more gross. See them instead.

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originally posted: 08/01/01 12:53:21
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User Comments

10/13/08 Shaun Wallner Funny Movie! 4 stars
1/04/06 WISEMAN hahaha i dono how this got a bad review, its such a good movie, i loved it! 5 stars
8/03/04 Anthony G chris rock is white 5 stars
11/29/03 Samuel It was a great film, the ending was perfect...no matter what anyone says!! 5 stars
10/06/03 Kitty It makes me laugh every time; I love this flick! Chris Rock is a genuis. 5 stars
5/12/03 Jareth Chris Rock is the biggest wanker ever to be commited to celluloid. He must be shot. 1 stars
9/17/02 bob s. smack this movie is really funny. i enjoyed wacthing this movie. 5 stars
4/22/02 Film Guy FUCK 2 stars
3/27/02 Dave MacDougall I never thought i'd see a movie worse than Dude, Wheres My Car? But this is it! 1 stars
9/10/01 The Bomb 69 some very funny moments, few and far between though 3 stars
9/02/01 Butterbean I wish Chris Rock didn't quit his HBO gig. 3 stars
8/07/01 Joe Zappa Even though this is a very funny movie, I don't like Chris Rock that much:he's a racist SOB 4 stars
8/04/01 Ronnie Great laughs if you like darker comedy 4 stars
6/25/01 Tzila Seewald The story is silly! but the jokes was so funny! It's makes me cry! 4 stars
3/30/01 Andrew Carden Chris Rock's Only Good Movie! 4 stars
3/25/01 Sid 6.7 Manages a omnipotent feat of harvesting Chris Rock as anti-funny 3 stars
3/09/01 Javelin What was Rock thinking? LOL 1 stars
2/27/01 Voyant Would have been better if Rock had written some original jokes, instead of his old routine. 3 stars
2/20/01 Poetchuck Can't remember when a movie kept me laughing throughout and this was no exception 3 stars
2/18/01 Jake Not even in the same ball park as Heaven Can Wait. At least that makes me laugh. 1 stars
2/18/01 TimmyToday The fucking funniest thing all year!! 5 stars
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  16-Feb-2001 (PG-13)

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  03-May-2001 (M)




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