Duplex (2003) PG-13

Starring: Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore
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Duplex DVDA recently married couple (played by Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore) buys the house of their dreams; a duplex in Brooklyn. The upstairs unit is occupied by an elderly woman who has lived in the building for years. The woman seems nice at first, but gradually wears down the patience of the new homeowners. My description doesn’t really do the story justice, but I don’t want to ruin the punch line. Duplex is another installment in the growing collection of comedies directed by Danny Devito. If you’ve ever had a neighbor you didn’t like, you’ll find some pleasure in this film. The story unfolds in a dark and increasingly disturbing yet absurd way, not unlike The Cable Guy. The DVD offers a behind the scenes featurette and deleted scenes which were deservingly removed from the final edit.