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Duplex (Our House)

Duplex (Our House) (2003)

tomatometer

35

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 108
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 70

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

31

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 22

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

audience

41

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 71,583

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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.

PG-13,

Comedy

Larry Doyle, John Hamburg

Mar 2, 2004

$9.7M

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All Critics (112) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (70) | DVD (23)

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

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Essell is brightly malevolent, and Stiller is perfect as the well-meaning homeowner.

September 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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One of the most unnerving slapstick extravaganzas I've ever seen.

September 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate
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If you want to see Danny DeVito do good work, see him in Anything Else right now, the Woody Allen movie.

September 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Duplex draws out the worst in us, making us laugh even when we know we shouldn't.

September 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Gets old fast, and the pay-off disappoints.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

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

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Danny DeVito is one of the most underrated directors of our time.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
Film Threat

Expecting Stiller to look stressed and Barrymore to look sweet isn't exactly demanding too much of your stars.,

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Hard as it is to care about these homicidal homemakers, it is harder still to laugh at them.

April 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

Barrymore wanders through scenes as if she has trouble remembering what day it is.

April 13, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC.com

War of the Roses!Throw Momma From the Train! War of the Roses! Throw Momma From the Train!

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Offer[ed] as a grown-up variation of the kind of fart-and-vomit humor that's passed around at the cineplex every day. But why? It is what it is.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)

Contando com um bom desfecho (algo raro nos dias de hoje), Duplex representa um passatempo razoŠvel.

March 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Duplex puts its viewers in a painful suplex.

March 8, 2004
Arizona Daily Star

What this little comedy needed was a little...comedy.

March 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

There's a nice dark comedy in this script that's flattened by DeVito's direction, which continually opts for manic goofiness and cruel vulgarity.

February 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Duplex collapses in rubble long before the duplex of the film does, and it's not even interesting wreckage.

January 1, 2004 Full Review

not since 'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane,' has geriatric terrorism been so creepy.

December 31, 2003
Long Island Press

Had Danny DeVito been born British and a quarter-century earlier, he would have fit right in at Ealing Studios, the English outfit known for biting black comedies.

November 4, 2003
Creative Loafing

DeVito keeps hurling handfuls of well-funded excrement on the screen and expects us to think it's funny.

October 24, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Occasionally, if disturbingly, quite funny.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Audience Reviews for Duplex (Our House)

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.
July 28, 2014
blacksheepboy

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.
February 20, 2014
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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

I really liked the old lady. She's funny and very naughty as well. Nice movie.
August 29, 2011
3niR
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

Danny DeVito with is funny black humor, don't saves Duplex, from be a rotten film. The mix of Throw Momma From the Train and Ruthless People really not made this picture funny. Rotten.
May 20, 2011
Lucas Martins

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