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
'Duplex' tries to be a family comedy. Sometimes when looking at this type of films one compares them with comedy TV series. In this case, it would be an insult for the TV genre, because 'Duplex' is much poorer in comic effects, funny characters, and has even less decent jokes than the average 25 minutes comedy TV series.
The story is of a young couple who cannot afford a flat in Manhattan, and compromise for a Brooklyn duplex, which has an old and frail lady living on the high floor. A few film minutes later the viewer discovers that the old lady is not as frail as it seems and is far from being a nice neighbor. Everything else is just boring and old jokes, easy to predict plot and flat character comedy. Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore are not bad actors, but De Vitto is no director, so they do just what their instinct tells them to do. Eileen Esselis almost an amateur if I get it right, and she is the best thing in this movie in the role of the old lady. The problem is that the script and the director do not help at all to create any viewer sympathy for one of the parties. The film has a supposed surprising end, but in the context of this flat film, it does not add too much.
For the duration of 'Duplex' you can watch three TV comedies. My recommendation is - pick the TV. 3 out of 10 on my personal scale.
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