A kids show host, Rainbow Randolph, is fired in disgrace while his replacement, Sheldon Mopes, aka Smoochy the Rhino, finds himself a rising star. Unfortunately for Sheldon, the business of kids television isn't all child's play.
Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the next day.
Alex Rose and Nancy Kendricks are a young couple who believe they have found their perfect home to start a family in. There is just one problem. An elderly tenant is staying upstairs and won't move out. Alex and Nancy desperately try everything to convince her to leave, but she refuses to move. Soon, their dream home becomes their home of nightmares.Written by
Self obsessed yuppies Nancy and Alex decide to bump off an old lady in order to secure some prime real estate. Real funny stuff. Seriously - while there are some mildly funny moments in `Duplex', its overall effect is genuinely unpleasant.
Ben Stiller wanders through his usual man-about-to-explode routine, while Drew Barrymore is entirely wasted in a colourless role that could have been played by anyone with half her talent. However, the film's main problem that the old lady in question - played by Eileen Essel - is a far more sympathetic character than either of the film's protagonists. This makes Alex and Nancy's bloodthirsty fantasies to get rid of her seem particularly cruel and unfunny. A few Farrelly Bros style gross-out moments do nothing to improve the fundamentally nasty premise. However, I'm eager to see Essel's future work, hopefully in a film that better uses her obvious talents.
I was suprised to see so many highly regarded people listed as producers for `Duplex', including both Barrymore and Stiller, as well as Harvey and Bob Weinstein. If this had been a small budget film from a new director, its deep flaws may be forgivable. Instead, it's a bad misfire that places nobody - excluding Essel - in a flattering light. Give it a miss.
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