DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore, Eileen Essel, Harvey Fierstein, Justin Theroux, Robert Wisdom, James Remar, Swoosie Kurtz,
Written By:
Directed By: Danny DeVito
Studio: Disney / Buena Vista
Buy on Amazon.com

Danny DeVito must not like old people huh? He seems like he’s always trying to kill them in his movies, well I don’t blame him hehehe. This movie has a Throw Momma from the Train meets Meet The Parents kind of feel to it.
“Yes, I’ll give her the Heimlich Maneuver, that should kill her off!”

Duplex is about a writer named Alex (Ben Stiller) and his graphic design Wife Nancy (Drew Barrymore) that find the perfect house to buy, and to start their newly married life together. The house is a duplex though, and they have to share the upstairs with a feisty Irish old lady who’s closing in on a 100 years old. If the lady chooses to leave the upstairs apartment, Alex and Nancy get the whole Duplex to themselves. Though that’s not gonna happen. The old lady, Mrs. Connelly, starts to drive them nuts with her loud TV, daily chores, and other stuff that would drive someone bonkers. Besides stuff that’s going on with the duplex, stuff begins to happen to them personally. They decide that something needs to be done about her or else they are going to lose their minds. So they try to kill her.

The movie had it’s moments and I was laughing out loud for a lot of the jokes, or I was cringing because there was some gross things in there as well. Like Alex fixing Mrs. Connelly’s sink and brown water backs up onto to Nancy, and then she throws up, and right as that happens, Alex fixes the clog in the sink and the throw up goes onto his face. Yeah that’s just downright nasty haha. The movie had a Meet the Parents feel to it because nothing goes right for Alex or Nancy. It’s just one disaster after another. You can almost expect a dark comedy without even watching this because that’s what Danny DeVito’s is known for. Well besides him being extremely short. The story could have been a little bit better, but I wasn’t expecting what was going to happen at the end though. I felt even more frustrated with the story then because I was rooting for the old lady to die. Call me a sicko, whatever. You watch this movie and I bet you’ll wish death on this old lady too haha.

There’s 2 tiny tiny extras on here that are pretty much wasteful. There’s a 5 minute Behind the Scenes footage of the apartment set and the actors going over lines. Oh, there’s also Danny DeVito saying “CUT!” haha. So yeah that sucked and so did the 3 deleted scenes. Pretty much they were of Mrs. Connelly dragging Alex out places, and trying to count money. Yeah big whoop. The movie comes in either Widescreen or Fullscreen as well. So the extras sucked but I enjoyed the movie even though it was frustrating to watch.

n- Behindn-then-Scenes Special
n- Deleted Scenes

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Standard 1.33:1 Color


Favorite Scenes: The clapper scene, shower scene
Running Time: 89 minutes
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