Duplex

Synopsis: Hollywood favorites Ben Stiller (Meet the Parents, and Drew Barrymore (Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Never Been Kissed) lead a star-studded cast in this darkly hillarious comedy where one wrong move turns out to be a monumental mistake! Young and vibrant New Yorkers Alex (Stiller) and Nancy (Barrymore) have just found the perfect place to settle down and share a bright future. But their new home comes with a permanent fixture they didn’t expect: an obnoxious elderly tenant who won’t move out and refuses to die! Pushed to the edge of insanity as their dream home turns into a nightnmare, it’s only a matter of time before Alex and Nancy begin to entertain some truly sinister solutions to their problem! Also featuring the ever-popular Harvey Fierstein (Death to Smoochy, Independence Day), written by Larry Doyle and directed by Danny DeVito (The War of the Roses, Throw Momma from the Train), Duplex is another laugh-packed crowd-pleaser you don’t want to miss!
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Duplex 5.0

I’m not a big fan of Ben Stiller. I want to like him, but I usually loathe his movies – I don’t find them funny at all. He did, however, direct a black comedy that I like called ‘The Cable Guy’. Most people didn’t like it at the time, but I think it’s highly under-rated.

Similarly, Danny DeVito directed the dark comedies ‘Throw Momma from the Train’ and ‘The War of the Roses’. I quite like the former and I’m a HUGE fan of the latter. So, when I realized that they had combined forces to make yet another dark comedy, one that falls in the same category as these others, I thought there might be a glimmer of hope.

Alas… no such luck. This film starts off being likeable, but predictable – then it turns into a contrived and annoying mess. Urgh. I wish it weren’t so, because I really want to like Ben Stiller. And I know that DeVito can do better than this. Sigh…

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