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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.


Danny DeVito


Larry Doyle
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Stiller ... Alex Rose
Drew Barrymore ... Nancy Kendricks
Eileen Essell ... Mrs. Connelly
Harvey Fierstein ... Kenneth
Justin Theroux ... Coop
James Remar ... Chick
Robert Wisdom ... Officer Dan
Swoosie Kurtz ... Jean
Wallace Shawn ... Herman
Maya Rudolph ... Tara
Amber Valletta ... Celine
Cheryl Klein Cheryl Klein ... Ginger
Tim Maculan ... Terrence
Jackie Sandler ... Bartender (as Jackie Titone)
Evgeniy Lazarev ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Moving In September 26th See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Miramax | Official site


Germany | USA



Release Date:

26 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Appartement-Schreck See more »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,617,128, 28 September 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character Chick, played by James Remar, claims he is a pornographer, James Remar would later go on to play a famous pornographer in The Girl Next Door. See more »


The Apple logo on Ben Stiller's characters computer is upside down. All Apple Laptops are built in such a way that when the screen is open. The illuminated Apple logo on the lid of the laptop is stem end up. See more »


Alex Rose: What are we? Hobbits?
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Crazy Credits

Special Thanks: Remus Yazoo See more »


Features Woody Woodpecker and His Friends (1982) See more »


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Written by Morton Stevens
Courtesy of CBS Entertainment, a division of CBS Broadcasting Inc.
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25 March 2004 | by SilentTypeSee all my reviews

Self obsessed yuppies Nancy and Alex decide to bump off an old lady in order to secure some prime real estate. Real funny stuff. Seriously - while there are some mildly funny moments in `Duplex', its overall effect is genuinely unpleasant.

Ben Stiller wanders through his usual man-about-to-explode routine, while Drew Barrymore is entirely wasted in a colourless role that could have been played by anyone with half her talent. However, the film's main problem that the old lady in question - played by Eileen Essel - is a far more sympathetic character than either of the film's protagonists. This makes Alex and Nancy's bloodthirsty fantasies to get rid of her seem particularly cruel and unfunny. A few Farrelly Bros style gross-out moments do nothing to improve the fundamentally nasty premise. However, I'm eager to see Essel's future work, hopefully in a film that better uses her obvious talents.

I was suprised to see so many highly regarded people listed as producers for `Duplex', including both Barrymore and Stiller, as well as Harvey and Bob Weinstein. If this had been a small budget film from a new director, its deep flaws may be forgivable. Instead, it's a bad misfire that places nobody - excluding Essel - in a flattering light. Give it a miss.

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