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Relative Strangers (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy | May 2006 (USA)
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On a mission to locate his biological parents, a tightly wound professional (Livingston) is befuddled to find that the couple who conceived him aren't exactly upper-class.

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Greg Glienna

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Greg Glienna (screenplay), Peter Stass (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny DeVito ... Frank Menure
Kathy Bates ... Agnes Menure
Ron Livingston ... Dr. Richard Clayton
Neve Campbell ... Ellen Minnola
Beverly D'Angelo ... Angela Minnola
Bob Odenkirk ... Mitch Clayton
Edward Herrmann ... Doug Clayton
Christine Baranski ... Arleen Clayton
Martin Mull ... Jeffry Morton
Michael McKean ... Ken Hyman
M.C. Gainey ... Spicer
Star Jones ... Holly Davis
Ed Begley Jr. ... Mr. Manoire
Debbi Morgan ... Mrs. Manoire
Pete Schwaba Pete Schwaba ... Meat Delivery Man
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On a mission to locate his biological parents, a tightly wound professional (Livingston) is befuddled to find that the couple who conceived him aren't exactly upper-class.

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You can't pick your parents.

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Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Extraña familia See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the charades scene, Kathy Bates' character mentions actor Richard Gere and makes a vulgar noise implying she finds him attractive. Christine Baranski's character then gives an appalled reaction. Baranski and Gere had costarred in "Chicago" (2002). See more »

Goofs

When Frank And Agnes are sunbathing in the yard, in the first shot Frank is barefoot. In the next shot, he has his sandals on with no time in between to have put them on. See more »

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Frank Menure: [chastising his wife] If your brains was chocolate, you wouldn't have enough to fill an M&M.
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When the credits end completely, the last thing we see is Frank's parents as babies. See more »

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References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

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Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive
Composed by Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer (as John Mercer)
Performed by Jack Sheldon
Published by Harwin Music (ASCAP)
Arranged and Produced by Steve Edwards
Executive Producer Ashley Miller
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comedy stars are not enough for good comedy
18 November 2006 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

Maybe it's somehow unfair that this movie was not distributed in the US (yet?). I have seen much worse movies and comedies that had less fun in them well distributed and promoted. However, I can understand the hesitations of the distributors. 'Relative Strangers' plays in a genre that has already squeezed all the juice, and makes no attempt to be something different.

Yet, the premises are good. What if you are a successful writer of self-control books and you found two weeks before your marriage with gorgeous Neve Campbell that your true parents are not the high-class couple that raised you but Danny DeVitto and Kathy Bates, a popular circus pair of failed clowns, throwing bad jokes and inheriting you nothing but a bunch of hereditary diseases?

Unfortunately, this is more or less where the fun of the movie stops. The rest is so predictable that you could have written the script yourself. Ron Linvingston is as funny as a evening news broadcaster, DeVitto and Campbell do their expected game, and only Kathy Bates is funny and looks comfortable and gorgeous (yes!) in her role, but this is not enough. Casting the stars is not enough for good comedy, you need something more in ideas and craziness which is definitely missing here.


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