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Relative Strangers (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy | May 2006 (USA)
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On a mission to locate his biological parents, a tightly wound professional (Livingston) is befuddled to find that the couple who conceived him aren't exactly upper-class.

Director:

Greg Glienna

Writers:

Greg Glienna (screenplay), Peter Stass (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny DeVito ... Frank Menure
Kathy Bates ... Agnes Menure
Ron Livingston ... Dr. Richard Clayton
Neve Campbell ... Ellen Minnola
Beverly D'Angelo ... Angela Minnola
Bob Odenkirk ... Mitch Clayton
Edward Herrmann ... Doug Clayton
Christine Baranski ... Arleen Clayton
Martin Mull ... Jeffry Morton
Michael McKean ... Ken Hyman
M.C. Gainey ... Spicer
Star Jones ... Holly Davis
Ed Begley Jr. ... Mr. Manoire
Debbi Morgan ... Mrs. Manoire
Pete Schwaba Pete Schwaba ... Meat Delivery Man
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On a mission to locate his biological parents, a tightly wound professional (Livingston) is befuddled to find that the couple who conceived him aren't exactly upper-class.

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You can't pick your parents.

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Extraña familia See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the charades scene, Kathy Bates' character mentions actor Richard Gere and makes a vulgar noise implying she finds him attractive. Christine Baranski's character then gives an appalled reaction. Baranski and Gere had costarred in "Chicago" (2002). See more »

Goofs

When Frank And Agnes are sunbathing in the yard, in the first shot Frank is barefoot. In the next shot, he has his sandals on with no time in between to have put them on. See more »

Quotes

Agnes Menure: He tried a twelve step program but he got so drunk he fell down the steps!
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Crazy Credits

When the credits end completely, the last thing we see is Frank's parents as babies. See more »

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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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from The Water Music
Composed by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
Published by Cypress Creek Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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"Dumb as a shovel..."
18 March 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Ron Livingston, star of the cult-hit "Office Space", bottoms out with this slapstick comedy which takes satiric aim at trailer-park yahoos but, alas, fails to be ironic or nostalgic--it appears to have been made by just the kind of low-class people it pokes fun at. A mild-mannered psychologist, the author of a new self-help book about anger-management, finds out from his family--an upper-crust bunch of boors--that he was adopted after his biological folks left him on their doorstep; worse, his birth parents turn out to be brawling, obnoxious hicks. Utterly predictable and dispiriting comedy. One waits in excruciating anticipation for the first crotch jab (19 minutes in), the first reference to either Jerry Springer or "Hee-Haw" (both clock in around the one-hour mark), and the proverbial cameo by a well-known talk-show host (this time it's Star Jones!). A few mindlessly funny one-liners; otherwise, flop makes "Meet the Fockers" look like "Wuthering Heights". *1/2 from ****


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