Down to Earth
Down to Earth is a 2001 American fantasy comedy film directed by Chris and Paul Weitz and written by Chris Rock, Lance Crouther, Ali LeRoi and Louis C.K. It is the third film based on Harry Segall's stageplay Heaven Can Wait, preceded by Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). The film stars Chris Rock as Lance Barton, a comedian who is killed before his time on Earth is through. He is given another chance to continue his life, but in the body of a rich middle-aged white man.
Lance Barton is a struggling comedian who is quite funny and confident in his personality, but is unable to bring his talent across in front of an audience. After being booed off stage one night, he hears about an opportunity from his manager, Whitney Daniels at the Apollo Theater, which is having a farewell show due to its imminent closing. He is hoping to get a chance to prove himself in front of a real audience, when on his way home riding a bike, Lance is distracted by Sontee Jenkins. He is hit by a truck and is instantly killed.
|author||Ali LeRoi Chris Rock Lance Crouther Louis C.K.|
|contentLocation||New York City|
|director||Chris Weitz Paul Weitz|
|keywords||apollo theater boo car accident drown first time heaven hired assassin kill meet murder old man one night past lives philanthropist protest recent events rid set up struggle|
|producer||James Jacks Michael Rotenberg Sean Daniel|
|productionCompany||3 Arts Entertainment AFI Catalog of Feature Films Village Roadshow Pictures|
|theme||romantic comedy romantic fantasy|