Relative Strangers Reviews
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.
Despite DeVito and Bates excellent preformances, as well as the rest of the cast, it just wasn't funny.
Averagely funny! However it does let your mind switch off with the inane stupidity of the story. I did feel as though I had seen this storyline before on numerous occasions. It would be nice to see something funny with an original story.
It's a shame because I did expect more from the cast that are billed in this film.