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Danny DeVito (2003)

12 Certificate


Our Score
It's hard to believe that a comedy from a writer of The Simpsons (Larry Doyle) and director Danny DeVito could be such a dreary laughter-free zone. This ham-fisted slapstick farce is as much a test of patience for the viewer as elderly Irish neighbour Eileen Essell is for Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore - the couple find that Essell's overbearing upstairs tenant comes with their new Brooklyn residence. Soon the dotty pensioner is driving them crazy with her blaring TV, time-consuming requests and annoying habits. This nightmarish assault on their tolerance and good humour - and the fact the old lady lives in rent-controlled security - eventually pushes Stiller and Barrymore into hiring hitman James Remar to solve their problem. Unfortunately, even Stiller's genius comic timing can't compensate for the cartoon tastelessness or clumsy dark tone of this wildly uneven real-estate horror story.


A couple are overjoyed to find the home of their dreams, and do not let the matter of a little old lady living upstairs put them off. However, once they move in, she turns out to be a less than ideal neighbour, tempting them to consider resorting to murder to get rid of her. Comedy, directed by Danny DeVito and starring Drew Barrymore, Ben Stiller, Eileen Essell and Harvey Fierstein.

Cast & Crew

Alex Rose Ben Stiller
Nancy Kendricks Drew Barrymore
Mrs Connelly Eileen Essell
Kenneth Harvey Fierstein
Coop Justin Theroux
Officer Dan Robert Wisdom
Chick James Remar
Celine Amber Valletta
Tara Maya Rudolph
Ginger Cheryl Klein
Jean Swoosie Kurtz
Herman Wallace Shawn
Director Danny DeVito
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista Guidance: Contains some violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 30 Apr 2004


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