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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.

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Greg Glienna

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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

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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

Color:

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 Richard is searching on Google for Peekaboo Carnival, he searches for 'carnival peekaboo.' In the next shot, which shows the search results, his search reads 'peekaboo carnival' instead. See more »

Quotes

Frank Menure: [chastising his wife] If your brains was chocolate, you wouldn't have enough to fill an M&M.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
Composed by Richard Wagner
Published by Cypress Creek Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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Fun Movie
22 July 2006 | by FredmovieguySee all my reviews

I had the pleasure of seeing this film at a sneak preview in Los Angeles earlier this year and have been waiting to see it's release here in the US. Apparently, it's being released overseas which is a shame as it would seem to go over better in America being so..American. This film was just a lot of fun. Danny DeVito and Kathy Bates play the white-trash birth parents of Ron Livingston, an uptight self help author. His fiancée is played by the incredibly sexy Neve Campbell who I could watch in anything. DeVito and Bates characters are very broad, almost cartoons but by the end of the film you really feel they are real people and the film packs an emotional punch that was really unexpected. Along the way are some hilarious scenes..Bates and DeVito are a great team! I loved the talk show appearance where his parents unexpectedly (of course) show up and he loses it. It seems like so many films have to be about something deep and have a cynical edge nowadays but this film was just fun to watch and left me smiling at the end. The audience I saw it with exploded with laughs frequently through out. I can imagine this film is not for every taste but if you can relax and just enjoy a feel good, fun comedy, I recommend this film highly


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