PITTSBURGH MADE: Bringing Down the House (2003)

Most of Bringing Down the House — directed by Adam Shankman and written by Jason Filardi — is shot in Los Angeles, but some of it was in Pittsburgh and I guess that’s good enough to be included in this week of Pittsburgh-shot movies. There’s also an appearance by the LA headquarters of Mellon Bank, so maybe that’s a little more yinzer in this.

Peter Sanderson (Steve Martin) is seperated from his wife Kate (Jean Smart) and ends up chatting with Charlene (Queen Latifah), a woman who he’s surprised to learn is an escaped convict. And oh yeah, black. If that upsets you, this movie has plenty more race related humor and gets some of its few funny moments from having Eugene Levy say black slang as he woos Latifah. Kimberly J. Brown from the Halloweentown movies and Angus T. Jones from Two and a Half Men play the kids, Betty White is the next door neighbor and Missi Pyle has a decent fight scene with Latifah.

If anyone knows where in Pittsburgh this was filmed, let me know.

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