Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day.
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
The parrot Little Dickie is able to fly around the Duplex, but in close-up shots it is apparent that the bird's wings are clipped. See more »
We're totally screwed, right?
I would say screwed is apt.
Do you think that Jean would ever give you a second chance?
No. It's over. Besides, how could I have time to rewrite my novel and still do my faithful servant duty to her as her little indentured servant person. Her little butt boy. I got a lot of duties honey. She might need me to go out and count grapes with her or go help her fix her heater or go take her to the laundry or I gotta go help her clean her banana skins and I gotta go help...
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Danny Devito's Duplex is a winking little slice of dark comedy, in the vein of Throwing Momma From The Train. It's not quite as pointed or unique as other notches in Devito's satirical belt (Death To Smoochy, War Of The Roses) but it has a pleasantly naughty vibe and knows it's silly, which adds to the fun. Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore play perky New York yuppies who find their dream home, at an unbelievable price. The only catch: it's a shared residence, and upstairs lives an adorable 90 year old Irish woman (Eileen Essell is a tornado of comedic joy, and whisks the film into awesomeness territory with her unrelenting vigor). She's sweet as pie, or so their dubious real estate agent (Harvey Fierstein, turning the sleaze meter up to 11) informs them, with a foretelling smirk. Only, she's not. She's a bothersome, insufferable nightmare, pestering Alex, whos a writer and works at home, no end with mind numbing chores and delusional household concerns. The law dictates they can't evict her without severe reasons, and they are left tormented by this polite, good natured harpee of untold resilience. Their desperation eventually turns to thoughts of killing her (as any self respecting Devito film must, of course). There the plot fires up with a merry go round of their hapless attempts to 'off' this charming dame, each attempt more ludicrous and chaotic than the last. Some include hiring a scary hit man (James Remar), pushing her down the stairs, trying to give her a nasty pandemic, and many more. Stiller is sometimes annoying, sometimes great when he has the right script, and here he fires on all cylinders as a man at the end of his rope, taking the audacious tone that Devito is going for to orbital heights of hilarity. Devito provides colorful opening narration, and there's knowingly absurd work from Justin Theroux, Wallace Shawn, Reba McIntyre, Robert Wisdom and more. Not a great film, but one I have great nostalgia for. Irreverent, sardonic and gleeful, and unless you have a stick up your ass, sure to make you giggle at Devito's unending silliness.
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