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Danny DeVito


Ben Stiller
Drew Barrymore
Eileen Essell
Harvey Fierstein
Justin Theroux
James Remar





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A young, professional couple think they have found the perfect Brooklyn home - a duplex shared with only a kindly old lady. Soon after moving in, though, the kind old lady turns out to be a distraction and nuisance and as she becomes more unbearable, they think of ways to get rid of her for good. -- Chris Kavan

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Director Danny Devito assembles a cast of unlikable characters to go through the motions of a dark and often disturbing comedy. Black comedy can work if it gives the audience something to grasp onto with security, but, ultimately, this film is an unfunny and empty mess.

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If you look under "generic comedy" in the dictionary - you should see a picture of Ben Stiller, because that seems to be the trap he has fell into. Sure, Duplex has some cute moments, but overall its just another by-the-book comedy.

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Writer Alex (Ben Stiller) and Nancy (Drew Barrymore) play a young Manhattan based couple who has just bought their first home together for a real bargain and within their price range. But as with most things, getting something for cheap means there's a catch: enter their rent controlled elderly tenant Mrs. Connelly who appears to be a harmless little old lady paying a measly $88 a month for her spacious apartment. She proves to be a Granny from Hell making their lives miserable but they can't kick her out due to rent control laws. Mrs. C demands Alex's help with the plumbing, the shopping, and more, making it difficult for him to finish his second novel at home until the two decide that Mrs. Connelly has to go-permanently. Unfortunately this is one old lady who knows how to survive in th...

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funny black comedy

DUPLEX is a cartoonish black comedy about a young couple driven to financial ruin and finally to plotting the murder of their elderly tenant. Alex (Ben Stiller) and Nancy (Drew Barrymore) think they've found their dream house, a spacious duplex in Brooklyn. At first, their upstairs tenant, Mrs. Connelly (Eileen Essel), seems like a sweet old lady, but after they move in, she constantly interrupts Alex, who is trying to finish writing a book, to ask for help or complain about problems with the apartment.

As in director Danny DeVito's other comedies, Throw Mama From the Train, The War of the Roses, and Death to Smoochy, the humor stems from watching nasty people torture each other. There are some funny moments as Alex and Nancy helplessly try to set some boundaries but get caught up in...

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