Bringing Down the House follows Peter Sanderson a divorced, conservative, workaholic tax attorney who is still hung up on his ex-wife but has little time for a social life or his two kids.
His only outlet is a cyber relationship with an online chat buddy he thinks is a buxom, blonde lawyer, with whom he finally makes a date to meet in person. Lo and behold, the buxom blonde turns out to be the ghetto fabulous Charlene, a convict who claims she’s been framed for a crime and wants Peter to help clear her name. None too happy about this turn of events, Peter just wants her out of his house, like, yesterday, but this woman will not be ignored. She quickly invades his home, his life and jeopardizes his career, especially his efforts to woo a billion-dollar client.
Is Charlene really all that bad? Of course not, she’s just a misguided angel in disguise and soon she is showing Peter the error of his ways, helping his family come together.