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Duplex with Drew Barrymore and Ben Stiller

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I hoped a movie with Drew Barrymore and Ben Stiller would be a bit more fun, but Duplex was nothing new at all. I know another movie which is very similar. I thought it was one with Michael Keaton, but I just forgot the title and can’t find it also. But that kind of story is quite old. The only different thing probably is that the old nasty woman only pretends she’s dead in the end and tried to just make money of the couple by making them flee the house.

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SYNOPSIS from Rotten Tomatoes

Danny DeVito directs Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore in this devilish black comedy reminiscent of DeVito’s THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN and THE WAR OF THE ROSES. Alex Rose (Stiller) and Nancy Kendricks (Barrymore) are a young, professional, New York couple in search of their dream home. When they finally find the perfect Brooklyn brownstone they are giddy with anticipation. The duplex is a dream come true, complete with multiple fireplaces, except for one thing: Mrs. Connelly (Eileen Essel), the cranky old lady who lives on the rent-controlled top floor. Assuming she is elderly and ill, they take the apartment but their hopes are quickly dashed when they realize that Mrs. Connelly is an energetic senior who enjoys watching her television at top volume day in and day out and rehearsing in a brass band. A writer, Alex, is attempting to finish his novel against a looming deadline. However, each day as he begins to write, he is interrupted by Mrs. Connelly’s numerous demands and requests and what begins as a nuisance quickly escalates into an all-out war. When Nancy loses her job and the pair are trapped at home together with Mrs. Connelly, their rage turns to homicidal fantasy as they plot ways to get rid of their no-good neighbor. Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore are pitch perfect as a good-natured couple who, like most DeVito characters, are driven by rage to do very bad things.

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