Bringing Down the House
Lawyer Peter Sanderson (Steve Martin) loses his wife and children (Kimberly J. Brown and Angus T. Jones) because of his workaholism. He meets a lady who goes by “lawyergirl” (Queen Latifah) in a legal chat room and, thinking she is an attractive blond lawyer, invites her to his house for a drink. Once this larger-than-life, African-American convict arrives, he can’t get rid of her. Peter, who lives in a white, upper-class neighborhood, agrees to help her with her legal difficulties and tries to keep her hidden from his bigoted, nosy neighbors. While he tries to balance his work and family, “lawyergirl” keeps showing up at inopportune moments to offer advice on child rearing, dancing and sex. Peter eventually realizes his obsession with work has cost him his family.