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Duplex (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 26 September 2003 (USA)
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A young couple has a chance to move into a gorgeous duplex in the perfect New York neighborhood. All they have to do is bump off the current tenant, a cute little old lady.

Director:

Danny DeVito

Writer:

Larry Doyle
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Stiller ... Alex Rose
Drew Barrymore ... Nancy Kendricks
Eileen Essell ... Mrs. Connelly
Harvey Fierstein ... Kenneth
Justin Theroux ... Coop
James Remar ... Chick
Robert Wisdom ... Officer Dan
Swoosie Kurtz ... Jean
Wallace Shawn ... Herman
Maya Rudolph ... Tara
Amber Valletta ... Celine
Cheryl Klein Cheryl Klein ... Ginger
Tim Maculan ... Terrence
Jackie Sandler ... Bartender (as Jackie Titone)
Evgeniy Lazarev ... Mr. Dzerzhinsky (as Eugene Lazarev)
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Storyline

Alex Rose and Nancy Kendricks are a young couple who believe they have found their perfect home to start a family in. There is just one problem. An elderly tenant is staying upstairs and won't move out. Alex and Nancy desperately try everything to convince her to leave, but she refuses to move. Soon, their dream home becomes their home of nightmares. Written by FilmFanUK

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Alex and Nancy finally found their dream home...And then they moved in. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Miramax | Official site

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Appartement-Schreck See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,617,128, 28 September 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,692,135

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,630,000
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Second collaboration with Drew Barrymore and Justin Theroux, the first one being Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) See more »

Goofs

Mrs. Connelly's accent fluctuates between Irish and Scottish. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Connelly: I don't drink meself, it's a sin.
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Special Thanks: Remus Yazoo See more »

Connections

Features The Perfect Storm (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Allegro - L'Estro Armonico Op.3: Concerto No. 2 in G Minor
Performed by The Academy of Ancient Music
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Drew Barrymore's biggest blunder since she said "I do" to Tom Green.
8 May 2004 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

For the UK, Miramax changed the title of "Duplex" to "Our House" because the term is about as widely known in Britain as Madness is in America (thankfully the song of the same (British) title that the group did wasn't stuck on the UK prints); the thing is, it's actually the movie that needs changing. I love Drew Barrymore to death, but even she can't make this black comedy any better; uncharacteristically weak, neither she nor Ben Stiller nor any of the other cast members inexplicably involved with this clumsy farce (Harvey Fierstein, Eileen Eissel, James Remar, etc) make it a worthwhile addition to Danny DeVito's directorial CV - which is thematically similar to his "Throw Momma From The Train," except that was actually funny.

Some would argue that Larry Doyle's script was on a hiding to nothing when it posited that our heroes (a mid-level author and his designer girlfriend) would be the landlords of a duplex apartment with the only other tenant being a 90-plus Irish woman who can't be removed legally, but the woman succeeds in getting us to hate her as much as the couple does. But as well as making you wonder why they don't try to kill her sooner than they do, "Duplex" also goes too far in every direction from slapstick to plotting - the movie becomes less funny and more unbelievable as it progresses, with plot points telegraphed so far in advance they may as well have been written on the poster, and a final scene that's particularly hard not to foresee.

I'd be lying if I said there weren't a few laughs to be had (and I agree with the guy who pointed out Drew's appearance in a see-through shirt at one point), but all in all "Duplex" comes across as a bad TV movie that somehow got upgraded to a cinema feature; every time the Irish woman's TV started showing "Hawaii Five-O," I begged to be watching that instead. I'm not sure whether the lowpoint is

a) The scene with the doctor grabbing Ben Stiller's crotch after he's been shot in it (don't ask) and the soundtrack popping up with "Sexual Healing", or

b) The sight of Drew Barrymore vomiting down a drain on Ben Stiller's face (really, don't ask).

But I am sure that with "Titan A.E." Drew had the safety net of not actually being on screen.


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