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The Tenants (2005)

R | | Crime, Drama, Romance | April 2005 (USA)
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In an abandoned tenement, an African-American militant writer and a Jewish novelist develop a friendship while struggling to complete their novels, but inner tension rises between the two.



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Credited cast:
... Harry Lesser
... Willie Spearmint
... Irene Bell
... Levenspiel
... Mary Kettlesmith
... Sam Clemence
Gene Gilbert ... Mr. Ross
Linda Lawson ... Anna
... Young Cop
... Jacob 32
... Stage Actor
... Female Partygoer
Lamont Bentley ... Male Partygoer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carla Glover ... Party Goer
... Featured Male Partygoer


On the top floor of an abandoned tenement, Harry Lesser struggles to complete the novel he has been writing for almost ten years. Then Willie Spearmint, black militant and aspiring writer, moves into another part of the building to work on his own book. Written by Anonymous

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One man struggles to define himself. Another, to define his generation. See more »

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Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die letzten Mieter  »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,010, 5 February 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,010, 5 February 2006
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1.33 : 1
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Slightly better than I expected
19 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

I ended up watching The Tenants with my close friends who rented the movie solely based on Snoop Dogg's appearance (a passionate fetish of theirs) on the cover. Understandably, I did not expect much. I thought the movie would include the typical array of Snoop Dogg related behavior and imagery often seen in cliché rap videos. However, my generalization was for the most part wrong. Unfortunately, this didn't make the movie any better.

Most would describe the movie as a dark serious drama, whereas I would describe it as a dark seriously drawn out boring drama flick. The film tells a story of two struggling writers (Dylan McDermott and Snoop Dogg) who are trying to create their own separate masterpieces. Their polar opposite lifestyles end up forming an unlikely but highly complex and neurotic friendship. This friendship moves throughout the entire movie like a wild roller-coaster - most of which is contributed by Snoop's character - reminiscent of someone with a severe case of split personality disorder. And although the movie is a drama, the acting - which has a morbid and serious tone - from Snoop and company was more comical than anything else.

I wouldn't recommend this movie for those who are attention impaired because this one has a lot of dialogue and a lot more dialogue after that. There are some mediocre conflicts, but even they are mostly bogged down with more dialogue. The end, however, jumped at me with a sudden surprise. It was a little bit twisted, somewhat unexpected and a perfect way to wrap up a movie that needed to end. While watching the ending credits I couldn't help but picture the director thinking, "Oh God, how the hell do I end this snoozer." By the way, the director laid out carefully planted hints and subtleties leading to the climax - all of which are more visible than Waldo in a crowded street of midgets wearing nothing but black sweaters.

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