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Rent Control (2003)

A young Iowan couple move into aunt Agatha's rent controlled apartment on Manhattan while looking for an apartment and jobs. When Agatha dies 6 weeks later, they decide to keep it a secret and stay.

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David Eric Brenner
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Cast

Credited cast:
Melissa Joan Hart ... Holly Washburn
Ryan Browning ... Calvin
Carmen Electra ... Audrey
Andrew Kavovit ... Dennis
Don Novello ... Rico
Joseph D. Reitman ... Vincent
Lynne Marie Stewart ... Aunt Agatha
Joel Michaely ... Peter
Beege Barkette ... Claire Fealy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ric Borelli Ric Borelli ... Sleazy Building Manager
Alan Dale ... George
Tony Devon ... David
Gerard Facchini Gerard Facchini ... Serpico
Ian Kitzmiller Ian Kitzmiller ... Tom
Nicole Marie Lenz
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An attractive couple in their early 20's, Holly and Calvin arrive in the Big Apple fresh from Iowa. They are optimistic, naive and eager to succeed as actors. However, they find the path to success in New York a little more treacherous than they thought. The sky-high rents throughout the city force them to move in temporarily with Holly's Aunt Agatha, an eccentric woman with fifteen cats and an addiction to diet pills. Aunt Agatha lives in a rent-controlled, spacious 1-bedroom apartment on 90th St. and Central Park West, a very posh neighborhood. After six weeks of futile apartment-hunting and numerous other New York humiliations, Holly and Calvin are ready to call it quits and head back to Iowa. At their moment of greatest despair, they discover Agatha's dead body on the kitchen floor. The poor woman has overdosed on diet pills. After panicked deliberation, Holly and Calvin come up with their scheme: If they pretend Agatha is still alive, they can keep the rent-controlled apartment, ... Written by Daniel Q.

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All's Fair in Love and Rent

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aunt Agatha's Apartment See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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In many countries around the world, the title "Rent Control" has been changed to "Aunt Agatha's Apartment", mainly because most non-Americans have no idea what a rent controlled apartment actually is. See more »

Alternate Versions

Re-edited and re-scored to better capture the writer's vision. The new faster paced version is entitled Aunt Agatha's Apt. See more »

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Written by Kathleen Irvine
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Hilariously awful- for the love of God, don't show to your children.
18 September 2005 | by mysticalnotesSee all my reviews

My friends and I were hanging out and came upon this movie completely by accident. We watched it for a good twenty minutes, our mouths hanging open.

What can't be emphasized enough- what I'm still reeling from- is how this managed to be screened on the ABC Family channel. If I were a parent, I'd be appalled, likely, making phone calls about it. How a movie featuring an endless parade of weirdos- including a sadomasochist (!!)and a necrophiliac (!!!!)- and centering on a couple's attempts to rid themselves of an old lady's body, could ever be construed as "family" entertainment is mind-boggling. "Rent Control" is only a family movie insomuch as it features Melissa Joan Hart- having not developed one jot as an actor since her kid-stardom- and is wretched in that particular way that afflicts most children's films: simplistic, poorly shot, with terrible jokes and lines of duologue- really, whole scenes- that make no sense. Basically, it's a film about perverts geared toward five-year-olds. I'm the last one to talk about Hollywood corruption of the youth, but, holy sh**.


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