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Duplex (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 26 September 2003 (USA)
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.

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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

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

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

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26 September 2003 (USA)  »

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Der Appartement-Schreck  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,617,128 (USA) (28 September 2003)

Gross:

$9,692,135 (USA)
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Greg Mottola (director of Superbad (2007) and Adventureland (2009)) was once attached to direct this film, according to Peter Biskind's book "Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film." See more »

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An emergency-room doctor examines a gunshot-wound patient without wearing gloves. No trained doctor would make such a mistake. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Kendricks: [Mrs. Conelly is saying she has her sink clogged] You don't have a disposal.
Mrs. Connelly: I don't?
Alex Rose: Whew, it's really clogged!
[after getting it out]
Alex Rose: Whew, all right!
Mrs. Connelly: [Nancy throws up down the disposal] Looks like you two got some kind of bug. Good thing Officer Dan took me to have a flu shot.
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Special Thanks: Remus Yazoo See more »

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References The Untouchables (1987) See more »

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It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas
(1951)
Written by Meredith Willson
Performed by Bing Crosby
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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crude but often amusing comedy
27 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Danny De Vito's "Duplex," Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore play a young couple who buy a "dream apartment" in Brooklyn whose amenities include everything two upwardly mobile yuppies could possibly want: ample space, solid wood floors, three glorious fireplaces, and, above all, a quiet environment where Alex, a budding novelist, can spend his days writing in uninterrupted peace and quiet. Or so they think…for, unfortunately, the place also comes replete with what turns out to be the tenant from hell, a doddering old woman who lives on the second floor and who makes life miserable for the two of them with her continually blaring television and her constant intrusions into their daily lives. Finally driven to the breaking point, Alex and Nancy decide to take matters into their own hands in order to rid themselves of this human pest in any way they can.

"Duplex" is, essentially, a one-joke comedy and, as such, it does suffer from the occupational hazard common to all one-joke comedies of built-in repetitiousness. However, the writing has a surprisingly dark edge to it that lifts the film above the run-of-the-Hollywood-comedy-mill. I must confess to having a certain weakness for dotty old lady comedies, counting among my favorite films the original British classic "The Lady killers" from 1955. Eileen Essel is so delightful as the bete noire of the piece that it's hard not to fall under the spell of both her character and the film itself. De Vito, in a return to the black comedy form that served him so well in "The War of the Roses," keeps the comedy tough and brutal, even if it means bludgeoning the audience over the head a bit in the process. Stiller does his usual shtick as the put-upon Everyman, while Barrymore is able to use her customary cutesiness to full advantage as the sweet little ingénue driven to murder to save her own sanity.

"Duplex" is certainly not everyone's cup of tea, and I imagine that it would not win the stamp of approval from the AARP. Still, if you're in the market for something different in a mainstream comedy, "Duplex" just might fit the bill.


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