Duplex (2003)



Critic Consensus: It was funnier when it was called Throw Momma From the Train.

Movie Info

Just how far would you go to have the home of your dreams all to yourself? A couple start asking themselves that very question in this dark comedy directed by Danny DeVito. Alex (Ben Stiller) and Nancy (Drew Barrymore) are a young couple who are happy and successful, but lack one thing that they truly want -- the perfect home in Manhattan. Alex and Nancy think they may have found just the place they've been looking for when they discover the bottom half of a beautiful old duplex has opened up. … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, language and some violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Hamburg, Larry Doyle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 2, 2004
Miramax Films - Official Site


as Alex Rose

as Nancy Kendricks

as Mrs. Connelly

as Officer Dan

as Herman

as Terrence

as Bartender

as Mr. Dzerzhinsky

as Indian Restaurant Ow...

as Mr. Dzerzhinsky

as Drug Dealer

as Dr. Kang

as Old Biddy No. 1

as Old Biddy No. 2

as Antique Dealer

as Pharmacist

as Pharmacy Customer

as Mr. Friedman

as Mrs. Friedman

as Moderator

as Female Newscaster

as Mailroom Guy

as Weatherman

as Sneezer on Train

as Tavern Bartender

as Tavern Bartender

as Don Piper Fan No. 1

as Don Piper Fan #1

as Police officer

as Police Officer

as Receptionist

as Narrator

as Little Dick

as Little Dick

as Little Dick

as Little Dick

as Mme. Connelly
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Critic Reviews for Duplex

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (34)

This numbing barrage of demolition humor scores only a modest laugh count.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Top Critic

The material is capably handled by director DeVito and lifted by Stiller, a dab hand at physical comedy who also exhibits some onscreen chemistry with Barrymore.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It becomes more and more clear that Duplex marks filmmaker Danny DeVito's attempt at replicating the success of Throw Momma From The Train...

Full Review… | February 27, 2015
Reel Film Reviews

Gets old fast, and the pay-off disappoints.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

A crude, disgusting, irritating, mean-spirited and unfunny dark comedy...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Despite confident direction and performances, it rarely lifts itself above the ordinary.

Full Review… | August 12, 2008

Audience Reviews for Duplex

It is Eileen Essell who makes it a real pleasure to watch this mildly entertaining comedy that, despite its share of funny moments here and there and a good twist in the end, has not much else to offer in terms of narrative and gets less and less funny after halfway through.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


"Alex and Nancy finally found their dream home... And then they moved in."

Duplex is a film that baffles me, much like another Danny Devito dark comedy, Death to Smoochy. He has a way with dark humor and I loved it in War of the Roses. In Duplex, it doesn't quite work all that well though. I love the premise, but it was just missing something. The old lady is a really good character, but I don't think she's used as well as she could have been. This could have been amazing.

Alex and Nancy are a happily married couple. Alex is a writer, who is currently working on his second novel. Nancy is a journalist. They find their dream home, which happens to be a Duplex. One problem though, there's an old woman living on the second floor. Alex and Nancy think she's going to die soon, so they grab the place, believing she is a sweet old woman. A lot of back and forth goes on and it turns into just another escalating bullshit driven comedy, which is sad, because I enjoyed a lot of the details put into the story, just not the character interactions.†

All in all, Duplex is nothing more than an average comedy. Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore play pretty much their same film personas. I happen to like them both, but for people who aren't fans of theirs, this is definitely not one to watch. It wasn't a complete waste of time for me. It had spells that were really entertaining and hilarious, but they were too few and far between.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


I really liked the old lady. She's funny and very naughty as well. Nice movie.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

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