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At Theaters: 9/26/2003 On Video: 3/2/2004
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 27 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419952
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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When a young couple buys their dream home, they don't expect their elderly upstairs tenant to be an issue...until the shenanigans of the abnormally resilient old woman put the couple through a crash course of bizarre and lunatic landlord obligations.
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Comedy - Despite younger-appealing stars Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore, this is a dark comedy aimed more toward an adult audience. The dark subject matter involving murder and the violent content make the film inappropriate for younger children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Ben Stiller THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, ZOOLANDER, MEET THE PARENTS
Drew Barrymore CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE
Director: Danny DeVito DEATH TO SMOOCHY
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: 2 S-words, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Very brief sexual situations and some sex talk.
VIOLENCE: Beatings, fights, but no blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol drinking.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Very dark humor; some sex talk.
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Roger Ebert  Full Review
Average "Duplex is all about plotting; it tries to impose emotions that we don't really feel. We can't identify with Mrs. Connell, that's for sure, but we can't identify with Alex and Nancy, either, because we don't share their frustration -- and the reason we don't is because we don't believe it.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "Initially, Duplex careens along at just the right pace. Directed by Danny De Vito, who brought us Throw Momma From the Train, it tells an increasingly outlandish story with very funny (and often gross) moments. But about an hour in, it grows derivative and disappointing.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "Whatever director Danny DeVito has against old ladies (remember THROW MAMA FROM THE TRAIN?), this comedy about a young New York City couple who face off against a sweet but diabolical senior citizen is pretty funny, in a savagely misanthropic sort of way.''

Newsday  Full Review
Below Average "...Duplex confirms the suspicion among many of us that today's mainstream movies are simply vehicles for selling other things - in this case, the cause of New York City landlords."

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Based on an Exit Polling of 104 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
14
Fairly High
86%
13-19Teens (F)
12
High
92%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
20
Fairly High
75%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
14
Fairly High
93%
30+Adults (M)
16
Fairly Low
69%
30+Adults (F)
28
Fairly High
82%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

Very Mixed Opinions! About half enjoyed it very much, rating it Between "Fantastic" and "Very Good." Unfortunately, most of the remaining half either thought it was an OK movie or didn't care for it at all. When opinions are this mixed all I can do is recommend that you read the detailed opinions to see if they help you know if this movie's for you.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
In terms of living the American Dream, Alex (BEN STILLER) and Nancy (DREW BARRYMORE) have it pretty good. They're a young, vibrant couple in New York City with bright futures ahead of them. Nancy works for a prestigious magazine, Alex is working on his second book and most importantly, they have each other. But one thing is missing: a home of their own. 

That is, until their realtor (HARVEY FIERSTEIN) leads them to Brooklyn where they unexpectedly find their dream house: a charming old duplex. It's perfect. Beautifully appointed, caringly refurbished; it's a gem. Alex and Nancy will have to dip a lot further into their savings than they had planned, but who can resist two floors, a butler's pantry, and three fireplaces with the original glass tiles? 

But their new home comes with one feature they didn't expect: an upstairs rent-controlled tenant named Mrs. Connelly (EILEEN ESSELL). In light of her advanced age and apparent poor health, Alex and Nancy figure the inconvenience of this sweet old lady will only be temporary. 

However, dear Mrs. Connelly isn't quite as easy going or frail as Alex and Nancy originally anticipated. Her slow trickle of demands picks up in a steady volume until Alex and Nancy are running themselves ragged fixing, attending, reassuring, and putting more time and energy into their tenant than humanly imaginable. 

As their blissful life begins to seriously fray around the edges, their dream home is anything but. It's then they start to realize: all's fair in love, war and real estate.
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