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Release Date: September 26, 2003

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Genre: Comedy

Audience: Teenagers and adults REVIEWER:
Lisa A. Rice During some
movies, audiences laugh with a
polite little "Isn't that
cute" titter. . . rather
analogous to a golf clap. With
other movies, however, they
give it the full howl, guffaw,
cackle, or screech, usually
reserved for family members at
home. DUPLEX starts with the
titters and quickly moves to
the guffaw zone. Directed by
actor Danny DeVito (THROW
MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN), the
story is about Alex and Nancy,
played by Ben Stiller and Drew
Barrymore. They are a young,
childless couple that's trying
to find an affordable home in
New York City. A real estate
agent tells them he's reserved
his best listing for them, a
wonderful, eclectic duplex in
Brooklyn. The only, ah,
ever-so-small consideration is
that there is a quiet, sickly,
old woman that lives upstairs,
and she has a legal right to
stay as a tenant for as long
as she lives. The couple
decides that it's fine to have
the woman upstairs. After all,
she's got to be 100 years old,
and surely she'll die at any
moment. Besides, how hard
could she be? Not one week
after the new owners have
settled in downstairs does old
Mrs. Connelly come tottering
down, looking disappointingly
spry and healthy, to ask Alex
to run a number of errands for
her and do several fix-up
projects in her flat. Alex
doesn't mind helping a
neighbor, of course, so he
obliges the old woman by
taking her grocery shopping
and to the pharmacy, among
other errands. The only
problem is that Alex is a
writer and has to have his
novel to his publisher
(Swoozie Kurtz) in a couple
weeks. Nancy, meanwhile, is at
work, oblivious to the fact
that her husband has become
errand boy to the elderly
renter. On another front, Alex
and Nancy find out that their
best friends have some
wonderful news. The guy's new
novel is out and looks like it
will be a bit hit, AND his
wife, a skinny model-looking
rail, is four months pregnant
with their first child. Alex
and Nancy try to be completely
excited and not one bit
jealous for their dear
friends. Later, they resolve
to try for their own baby and
to hurry up and get the novel
finished. A huge problem for
both of these actions,
however, is the fact that Mrs.
Connelly falls asleep to the
television blaring all night -
very loudly - in the room
right above Alex and Nancy's
bedroom. Thus, Alex is getting
no sleep at night. Alex tries
to get around the problem by
sneaking upstairs and
installing an on/off clapper
system that turns the TV off
with two claps. The problem is
that he accidentally leaves
the box upstairs, with the
instructions. Mrs. Connelly is
delighted and immediately
claps the TV back on whenever
Alex claps it off. As Mrs.
Connelly becomes increasingly
irritating with her pet
parrot, her loud TV, her
incessant demands for
household and errands help,
and her meddling ways and
goofy advice, the young couple
decides that it is truly time
for her to die. . . yes, die!
They construct elaborate and
hilarious schemes to kill
their tenant, but she naively
eludes their every attempt.
The woman calls the
neighborhood policeman at
every turn to complain about
Alex and Nancy, and he gets
more and more furious, writing
them tickets and collecting
huge fines for their numerous
supposed offenses against Mrs.
Connelly. Finally, it's time
for radical action. Alex's
writer friend knows a hit man
who also happens to be a
pornographer, so Alex and
Nancy hire him to do the dirty
deed and bump off the old bat.
A surprising twist at the end
puts a hilarious spin on the
whole wretched deal. DUPLEX is
a silly, funny movie on the
order of THROW MOMMA FROM THE
TRAIN, an earlier Danny DeVito
film. Mr. DeVito seems to have
a scary mother issue for which
he needs some good biblical
counseling, but, nevertheless,
he apparently has a talent for
making zany "mom-must-die"
movies. Drew Barrymore and Ben
Stiller were obviously having
a blast filming the movie, as
they had to turn their heads
away several times in order
not to laugh. The direction is
good, the story is fun, and
the movie will likely do well
at the box
office. Regrettably, however,
the filmmakers included some
foul language and sexual
innuendo to obtain a PG-13
rating. The old woman has a
naïve-sounding way of turning
some things into sexual jokes,
apparently unintentionally,
rather on the order of the old
comedian Benny Hill. There are
also some vulgar references to
one of the pornographer's
videos. Though much of this
content will go over the heads
of children, the movie cannot
be recommended for children
under 14. The comedic violence
includes a man getting shot
with a crossbow, people
falling through rotten floors,
and mild fist fights. The
movie has some scatological
humor, including the couple
cozying up to a sneezing, sick
man in order to catch his
virus and give it to the old
lady, a woman eating a
possible rat pellet, a man
vomiting with the parrot
eating the vomit, and so
forth. The beginnings of a
veiled sex scene by the fire
are shown, but without any
nudity or overt sexual
portrayals. Audiences
certainly appreciate
filmmakers who give weary,
hard-working people a comedic
lift, but MOVIEGUIDE®
encourages them to do so in
increasingly creative ways
that allow entire families to
join in on the fun without
having to cringe during
moments of questionable humor.
DUPLEX does not fit those
family film standards. Please
address your comments to: Bob
and Harvey
Weinstein Co-Chairmen Miramax
Films 375 Greenwich Street New
York, NY 10013 Phone: (323)
822-4100 and (212)
941-3800 Fax: (212)
941-3846 Website:
www.miramax.com

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 88 minutes

Address Comments To:

Content:

(PaPa, B, LL, VV, S, N, A, D, M) Relativistic, pagan worldview, though presented in a comedic style, with couple gradually deciding that an irritating woman must be killed, trying themselves, and finally hiring a hit man, with some discussion of heaven and the need to do the right thing and be a moral person; 14 obscenities, five light profanities ("Oh my God"), and some scatological humor elements such as vomiting, passing gas joke, and eating possible rat pellet; solid comedic violence includes people falling through rotten floor, man hit by crossbow, fist fight between couple, attempted murder, and fire; married couple shown in beginning stages of sex and, when finished, seeing old woman watching through stained glass window, but nothing shown overtly, some veiled sexual innuendo with old woman apparently not realizing what she's saying, references to pornographer's video, and allusion to masturbation; upper male nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, lying, cheating, and attempted murder.

GENRE: Comedy

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Summary:

The story of DUPLEX focuses on a young couple that has a chance to move into a gorgeous duplex in the perfect New York neighborhood, but all they have to do is bump off the irritating tenant, a little old lady, who ruins their peaceful home. Filled with zany humor, DUPLEX has too many offensive elements for moral family audiences - such as some foul language, off-color joking, and a murder plot.

Review:

During some movies, audiences laugh with a polite little "Isn't that cute" titter. . . rather analogous to a golf clap. With other movies, however, they give it the full howl, guffaw, cackle, or screech, usually reserved for family members at home. DUPLEX starts with the titters and quickly moves to the guffaw zone.

Directed by actor Danny DeVito (THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN), the story is about Alex and Nancy, played by Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore. They are a young, childless couple that's trying to find an affordable home in New York City. A real estate agent tells them he's reserved his best listing for them, a wonderful, eclectic duplex in Brooklyn. The only, ah, ever-so-small consideration is that there is a quiet, sickly, old woman that lives upstairs, and she has a legal right to stay as a tenant for as long as she lives. The couple decides that it's fine to have the woman upstairs. After all, she's got to be 100 years old, and surely she'll die at any moment. Besides, how hard could she be?



Not one week after the new owners have settled in downstairs does old Mrs. Connelly come tottering down, looking disappointingly spry and healthy, to ask Alex to run a number of errands for her and do several fix-up projects in her flat. Alex doesn't mind helping a neighbor, of course, so he obliges the old woman by taking her grocery shopping and to the pharmacy, among other errands. The only problem is that Alex is a writer and has to have his novel to his publisher (Swoozie Kurtz) in a couple weeks. Nancy, meanwhile, is at work, oblivious to the fact that her husband has become errand boy to the elderly renter.

On another front, Alex and Nancy find out that their best friends have some wonderful news. The guy's new novel is out and looks like it will be a bit hit, AND his wife, a skinny model-looking rail, is four months pregnant with their first child. Alex and Nancy try to be completely excited and not one bit jealous for their dear friends. Later, they resolve to try for their own baby and to hurry up and get the novel finished.

A huge problem for both of these actions, however, is the fact that Mrs. Connelly falls asleep to the television blaring all night - very loudly - in the room right above Alex and Nancy's bedroom. Thus, Alex is getting no sleep at night. Alex tries to get around the problem by sneaking upstairs and installing an on/off clapper system that turns the TV off with two claps. The problem is that he accidentally leaves the box upstairs, with the instructions. Mrs. Connelly is delighted and immediately claps the TV back on whenever Alex claps it off.

As Mrs. Connelly becomes increasingly irritating with her pet parrot, her loud TV, her incessant demands for household and errands help, and her meddling ways and goofy advice, the young couple decides that it is truly time for her to die. . . yes, die! They construct elaborate and hilarious schemes to kill their tenant, but she naively eludes their every attempt. The woman calls the neighborhood policeman at every turn to complain about Alex and Nancy, and he gets more and more furious, writing them tickets and collecting huge fines for their numerous supposed offenses against Mrs. Connelly.

Finally, it's time for radical action. Alex's writer friend knows a hit man who also happens to be a pornographer, so Alex and Nancy hire him to do the dirty deed and bump off the old bat. A surprising twist at the end puts a hilarious spin on the whole wretched deal.

DUPLEX is a silly, funny movie on the order of THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN, an earlier Danny DeVito film. Mr. DeVito seems to have a scary mother issue for which he needs some good biblical counseling, but, nevertheless, he apparently has a talent for making zany "mom-must-die" movies. Drew Barrymore and Ben Stiller were obviously having a blast filming the movie, as they had to turn their heads away several times in order not to laugh. The direction is good, the story is fun, and the movie will likely do well at the box office.

Regrettably, however, the filmmakers included some foul language and sexual innuendo to obtain a PG-13 rating. The old woman has a naïve-sounding way of turning some things into sexual jokes, apparently unintentionally, rather on the order of the old comedian Benny Hill. There are also some vulgar references to one of the pornographer's videos. Though much of this content will go over the heads of children, the movie cannot be recommended for children under 14.

The comedic violence includes a man getting shot with a crossbow, people falling through rotten floors, and mild fist fights. The movie has some scatological humor, including the couple cozying up to a sneezing, sick man in order to catch his virus and give it to the old lady, a woman eating a possible rat pellet, a man vomiting with the parrot eating the vomit, and so forth. The beginnings of a veiled sex scene by the fire are shown, but without any nudity or overt sexual portrayals.

Audiences certainly appreciate filmmakers who give weary, hard-working people a comedic lift, but MOVIEGUIDE® encourages them to do so in increasingly creative ways that allow entire families to join in on the fun without having to cringe during moments of questionable humor. DUPLEX does not fit those family film standards.

Please address your comments to:

Bob and Harvey Weinstein

Co-Chairmen

Miramax Films

375 Greenwich Street

New York, NY 10013

Phone: (323) 822-4100 and (212) 941-3800

Fax: (212) 941-3846

Website: www.miramax.com

SUMMARY: The story of DUPLEX focuses on a young couple that has a chance to move into a gorgeous duplex in the perfect New York neighborhood, but all they have to do is bump off the irritating tenant, a little old lady, who ruins their peaceful home. Filled with zany humor, DUPLEX has too many offensive elements for moral family audiences - such as some foul language, off-color joking, and a murder plot.

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