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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Officer Dan
Cheryl Klein ...
Bartender (as Jackie Titone)
Mr. Dzerzhinsky (as Eugene Lazarev)


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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It all started with one wrong move See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Appartement-Schreck  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,617,128 (USA) (26 September 2003)


$493,046 (France) (9 July 2004)

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Nancy Kendricks: [Mrs. Connelly leaves to run errands] Okay, come on. We don't have that much time.
Alex Rose: I know. She's running errands. That only gives us twelve hours.
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Crazy Credits

Special Thanks: Remus Yazoo See more »


Referenced in Hide and Creep (2004) See more »


Pub with No Beer
Written by Gordon Parsons
Performed by The Dubliners
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Very Funny Black Humor Comedy
25 December 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The writer Alex Rose (Ben Stiller) and his beloved wife Nancy Kendricks (Drew Barrymore), who works in an advertisement agency, want to buy a house and cannot afford an apartment in Manhattan, but they find a wonderful old duplex in Brooklyn for living. The house, which has three fireplaces, is a dream, the price is very reasonable and the only inconvenient is the existence of the old tenant Mrs. Connelly (Eileen Essel) on the second floor. Although aware that they can not move the old lady from her apartment, the young couple decides to buy the duplex. When they move to their new home, their lives become a hell, due to the nasty Mrs. Connelly. "Duplex" is a very funny black comedy, directed by Danny DeVito, who is a specialist in this genre. Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore show a great chemistry, but Eileen Essel "steals the show" in the role of a sweet & nasty old lady. There are two plot points in the end of the story that I liked a lot. "Duplex" is not a masterpiece, but make the viewer, who likes black humor, laughs a lot and is a good entertainment. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Duplex"

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