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Comedian Chris Rock updates 1978's HEAVEN CAN WAIT with a decidedly modern flair in this romantic comedy. Lance Barton (Rock) is a struggling comedian whose dream is to perform at New York City's legendary Apollo Theater before it closes its doors forever. One night, while riding his bike, Lance is crushed by an enormous truck. Before he can come to terms with what has happened, he is strolling through Heaven, talking to the smooth Mr. King (Chazz Palminteri) and the bumbling Keyes (Eugene Levy), the angel who prematurely snatched Lance away from Earth. Mr. King agrees to make up for this mistake by returning Lance to New York, only instead of being a black bike messenger, Lance is now Mr. Wellington, a powerful white businessman who just so happens to be the enemy of Sontee (Regina King), the woman he has become infatuated with. Wooing Sontee with a new commitment to using Mr. Wellington's money philanthropically, Lance embarks on a mission to perform at the Apollo, even if he doesn't seem to fit the mold. But just when everything begins to fall into place, Mr. King returns to throw another glitch into Lance's plans. Coasting along on the charm of Rock and King, DOWN TO EARTH is a charming story about the power of fate, set to a bouncing hip-hop soundtrack.
James Jacks - Executive Producer
Jim Jacks - Executive Producer
Chazz Palminteri - Actor/Screenwriter
Regina King - Actress/"Poetic Justice"
Chris Weitz - Director/Actor/Writer, DOWN TO EARTH (2001)
Paul Weitz - Director/Playwright/Screenwriter, AMERICAN PIE (2000)
Michael Rotenberg - PRODUCER\"SON-IN-LAW"
Debrae Little - Costume Designer, DOWN TO EARTH (2001)
Chris Rock - American Actor/Comedian, THE CHRIS ROCK SHOW
Frankie R. Faison - American Supporting Actor
Frankie Faison - American Supporting Actor
Paul Peters - Production Designer, DOWN TO EARTH (2001)
Greg Germann - Actor
Ali Leroi - Screenwriter, DOWN TO EARTH (2001)
Eugene Levy - SCTV alumnus
Priscilla Nedo-Friendly - Film Editor, DOWN TO EARTH (2001)
Richard Crudo - Director of Photography, DOWN TO EARTH (2001)
Sean Daniel - Producer
Barry Berg - Producer
Louis C. K. - Screenwriter, DOWN TO EARTH (2001)
Lance Crouther - Screenwriter, DOWN TO EARTH (2001)
Theatrical release: February 16, 2001. Filmed on location in New York City and Toronto, Canada. When asked whom he'd like to be if he died and could select a new body, Chris Rock told NY1, "Puffy when Jennifer Lopez comes home." The interview aired a few days after Puffy officially announced that he and Lopez had broken up.
"...Affable..." - 02/16/2001 USA Today, p.6E
"...It's fun to see one of the sharpest, most fearless comics working today impersonating a flop..." - 03/02/2001 Entertainment Weekly, p.42
"...There are some neat bits of humour....Entertaining, deft..." - 07/01/2001 Sight and Sound, p.42-3