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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

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger greeted his Twins (1988) costar Danny DeVito on a location set to congratulate him on his efforts to produce the film in California, rather than succumb to the tax lures and lower labor costs offered by other states. DeVito acknowledged that he had to persuade the film's cast and crew to take pay cuts in order to offset the lower production costs that other states offered. They're "working for much less than they normally work for". See more »

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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 »

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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 Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976) See more »

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Down the Road
Written by Rick Krizman
Published by Engine Co. 35 Music Publishing (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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