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