Duplex 2003

Duplex

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

35%

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40%

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A writer named Alex (Ben Stiller) and his girlfriend, Nancy (Drew Barrymore), move into a spacious duplex in Brooklyn, N.Y. The elderly woman (Eileen Essell) who lives on the building's top floor seems a sweet enough neighbor at first. But pretty soon her constant demands and accidents ruin Alex and Nancy's attempts at having the perfect home. Once they discover that the woman cannot be evicted, they resort to more permanent measures to get rid of her.

Cast & Crew

Eileen Essell
Mrs. Connelly
Robert Wisdom
Officer Dan
Alan C. Blomquist
Executive Producer
Anastas N. Michos
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Robin Standefer
Production Designer
Greg Hayden
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Joseph G. Aulisi
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Critic Reviews for Duplex

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (73)

Audience Reviews for Duplex

  • May 31, 2016
    Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore star in the Danny DeVito black comedy Duplex. When the "sweet" old lady in their duplex turns out to be anything but, the new owners find themselves being driven to murder. The plot is pretty formulaic and includes a lot of the standard annoying neighbor tropes; playing the TV too loud, unruly pets, etc. And the characters aren't really all that sympathetic. But, Stiller does a good job with the physical comedy and there are some rather fun skits. Yet while it's entertaining at times, Duplex doesn't get the tone right and ends up being rather ugly and mean spirited.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2014
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2014
    Surprising DeVito project that ultimately falls flat. Has some amusing moments so the journey's okay.
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  • Mar 13, 2013
    "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 W Super Reviewer

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