Down to Earth

Starring: Chris Rock & Regina King
Paramount Home Entertainment
RRP 10.99
Certificate: 12
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Struggling black comic Lance Barton has died on stage hundred of times. But when he is knocked down by a bus his guardian angel rushes him off to Heaven before checking that he is actually dead. This mistake means that Barton is given the chance to live again in the body of an ageing, white billionaire...

Based on the Warren Beatty film Heaven Can Wait, which itself was based on a stage play, Down to Earth never really quite hits the mark. Chris Rock plays the role of Lance Barton, but coming so soon after his role as the 13 apostle of Jesus Christ in Kevin Smith's Dogma, one wonders if he will now become type cast as the undead dead guy.

There are only a handful of laughs to be had out of this mediocre comedy and most of those are in embarrassment at a few racist jokes. The film only really starts to pick up the pace about 15 minutes before the end.

Rock is a well respected comic and his talents are wasted here as he bumbles from one scene to the next.

In a word, dull.

Pete Boomer

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