Relative Strangers (2006)
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as Dr. Richard Clayton
as Frank Manure
as Agnes Manure
as Ellen Minola
as Arleen Clayton
as Doug Clayton
as Mr. Manuree
as Angela Minola
as Mitch Clayton
as Jeffrey Morton
as Guest at Hoedown
as Ken Hyman
as Mrs. Manuree
as Harried Housewife
as Angry Bookstore Cust...
as Holly Davis
as Dan Fletcher
as Angry Driver
as Shaker Heights Cousi...
as Meat Delivery Guy
as Big Guy
as Sean M. Dorgan
as Toupee Salesman
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...nothing more than a sitcom-level romcom that becomes more and more predictable and flat-out conventional as it progresses.
feels so derivative and warmed-over that it's actually hard to believe that, in 2006, someone decided to make a movie about this topic again.
Audience Reviews for Relative Strangers
Relative Strangers one hell of a funny movie.
Dr. Richard Clayton (Ron Livingston) seems to be living the perfect idyllic life. He is a successful psychologist-turned-writer and his latest book on anger management is doing well. In addition, he is engaged to a beautiful and sexy Ellen (Neve Campbell). But one day his disgruntled and jealous brother Mitch spills the family's dirty laundry that he, Richard, is the adopted sibling of the family. Richie's snobbish uptight parents who are prominent country club members (Edward Hermann and Christine Baranski) concede that it is true. Feeling betrayed Richard decides to track down his birth parents expecting to find upper class educated people to justify his talent and success.
At Ellen's urging, he hires a detective to find them. Soon after, Frank (Danny DeVito) and Agnes Menure ~it's French~ (Kathy Bates) from Pekin arrive on the good doc's doorstep and announce that they are his true father and mother. It is a shock, as the Menures are traveling carnival trailer park folks who are the complete opposite of his adoptive parents and brawling country hicks. They eat meat while Richard prefers wheat gluten. They curse and have loud sex in the room next door. The scene where he hides in a closet and is privy to DeVito and Bates having sex on a bed, brought tears to my eyes. They're not anything like he imagined. Can he learn to accept them for who they are and love them unconditionally?
Kathy Bates and Danny Devito are a riot playing off each other while Beverly D'Angelo is almost unrecognizable as his tacky future mother-in-law.
the sex scene was unnecessary. this movie was miserable to watch because i hate movies about bad thing after bad thing happening. the ending was extremely predictable as soon as they told him they weren't his parents. danny devito is miserable, though Campbell is absolutely lovely
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