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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.

Director:

Danny DeVito

Writer:

Larry Doyle
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Miramax | Official site

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Appartement-Schreck See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$9,692,135

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,630,000
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Mrs. Connelly feeds Alex a Bugle chip, she dips it in onion dip, but in the shot of her hand putting it into his mouth (and in the close-up shots of Alex) it is no longer covered in dip. See more »

Quotes

Herman: Nancy, did you finish the celebrity scene page?
Nancy Kendricks: Oh, tickity-boo.
Herman: I don't know what that means.
Nancy Kendricks: It means I'll have it soon.
Herman: Well, if you mean I'll have it soon, then why don't you say I'll have it soon? I mean, tickity-boo is just confusing for everybody!
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Special Thanks: Remus Yazoo See more »

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Features Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »

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The Love Boat
(1977)
Written by Charles Fox (as Charlie Fox) and Paul Williams
Performed by Jack Jones
Courtesy of Spelling Television Inc.
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crude but often amusing comedy
27 January 2005 | by Buddy-51See 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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