Duplex

  • 12
  • Danny DeVito (2003)
  • US
  • 85 min
Duplex
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Black comedy starring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore. A young couple from New York resort to increasingly desperate measures when they discover that their dream apartment in Brooklyn comes complete with the sitting tenant from hell.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Danny DeVito

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Guidance: 
Contains some violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 30 Apr 2004
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Categories
Comedy

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