Down to Earth

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2 1/2

In this update of 1978s HEAVEN CAN WAIT, Chris Rock stars as Lance Barton, a struggling comedian trying to get a performing slot at the closing ceremonies of the famed Apollo Theater. When Barton is about to be hit by a truck, hes transported to heaven a split second too early and discovers he would have survived. Because of this mistake, Barton accepts the head angels offer of a new body, since his was cremated. But the replacement body belonged to an old and rich white man. This forces Lance to try and get laughs at the black performers club in his new white body, a difficult prospect. In addition, Lance meets attractive Sontee (Regina King), but has an equally tough time getting her to go out with an old, white man. Chris Rock has had plenty of success as a stand-up comedian, but finds himself in a role that under utilizes his talents. While there are a few funny moments, most audiences have already seen them in the advertising previews. Despite Rock's popularity, DOWN TO EARTH may light up the box office initially, but it should fade just as quickly.

Heaven is pictured as a classy jazz club from the 1940s or 50s. The angels are attendants and recognize that everything happens as part of a larger plan mapped out by God. However, Lance is placed into the body of another man who recently died, which could be considered a form of reincarnation. Of course, this is played more for comedic value and doesnt appear to be a serious belief. The movie earns its PG-13 rating, and more, from sexual content and foul language. Plenty of sexual innuendo and activity occur, much of it from interaction between Lance (in his old, white body), the old mans adulterous wife (Jennifer Coolidge) and his scheming assistant (Greg Germann). In addition, 16 obscenities and 35 moderate crudities muddy the dialogue, making DOWN TO EARTH much less than angelic.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Ave., LA, CA 90038

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (51) times - Mild 16, moderate 35

Obscene Language: Many (16) times - S-word 8, other 8

Profanity: Few (4) times Regular 2 (J, C sake); Exclamatory 2 (OG, OMG)

Violence: Several times Moderate (hit w/ tablet, man hit by truck/ golf club/ shot - off camera, punches, car accident)

Sex: None

Nudity: Near Nudity Few times (low cut dress emphasizes cleavage, tight clothing on woman)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (comments about couple committing adultery, couple kissing on couch and pool table, man encourages couple to have sex, woman offers man multiple partners for sex, woman dances sensually)

Drugs: Few times (smoking, alcoholic drinks)

Other: N-word used several times either comically or in music; angel mentions that they messed up; angel talks of a larger plan governing the world; existence of God acknowledged; man reincarnated

Running Time: 85 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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