Relative Strangers (2006)

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A successful psychologist with a picture-perfect family and a best-selling self-help book that's fast racking up sales hires a dogged detective to investigate his brother's claim that he was actually adopted, only to watch as his life falls to pieces in the aftermath in a dark comedy about success and family starring Danny DeVito, Kathy Bates, Ron Livingston, and Neve Campbell. Dr. Richard Clayton (Livingston) has everything a man could ever want in life: a loving fiancée (Campbell), two loving … More

Rating: PG-13 (sex-related humor and language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Greg Glienna, Peter Stass
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 23, 2007
Runtime:
First Look Home Entertainment

Cast


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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Critic Reviews for Relative Strangers

All Critics (3)

...nothing more than a sitcom-level romcom that becomes more and more predictable and flat-out conventional as it progresses.

Full Review… | January 9, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

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.

Full Review… | January 27, 2007
Filmcritic.com

βασανιστικά gags με ηθικοπλασικά μηνύματα

Full Review… | August 30, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Relative Strangers

Relative Strangers one hell of a funny movie.

roygutteridge
Roy Gutteridge

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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.

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Deb S

Super Reviewer

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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