Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore,
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Date: March 2, 2004
Review posted: March 3, 2004
Alex (Ben Stiller) and Nancy (Drew Barrymore) are a recently
married couple ready to settle down in a Manhattan duplex. But the
tenant that lives upstairs from them is a frail and
helpless elderly woman who leaves her TV on all night, river
dances, holds orchestra practices early on weekends, and wants
their help with everything from fixing the pipes to getting rid of
what she thinks is mouse droppings. Her behavior soon drives them
to the brink of insanity, where the only logical decision is
to have her killed.
Danny DeVito is the king of guilty pleasures. The storytelling is dark
and the comedy is low-brow and stupid, but no one manages to combine
the two as masterfully as DeVito. The script is very short on
plotting, but the hit or miss gags work more than they don't; one of
the big reasons why is the extremely talented comic cast.
This includes the very, almost, Oscar worthy performance by newcomer
Eileen Essell as Mrs. Connelly. She is so good as the sweet but
annoying old Irish woman that you soon find yourself laughing
hysterically at every scene she is in. She completely upstages Ben
Stiller and Drew Barrymore, who both can play their roles in their
sleep. The two stars are mainly placed in slapstick situations in
order to get laughs.
isn't as funny DeVito's last film, the underrated Death to Smoochy,
but it has big laughs, stars Stiller and Barrymore, and features a
fantastic performance by Eileen Essell that should not be missed.
This is a 2-DVD set
with one disc showing the film in a
1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, while disc two offers the
film in 1.33:1 pan & scan.
Buena Vista offers the film in English
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound.
Bonus features can be found
on the widescreen version disc.
Behind the Scenes Featurette:
There is nothing much to say about this one. It just focuses on a
particular fire scene and not with any great detail either.
Deleted Scenes: The first
one is the best part of the special features. It is a very funny scene
where Mrs. Connelly counts all of her spare change, trying desperately
to be exact with the rent money. The second really has nothing to do
with anything, and the last one is an alternate ending that is (better
or worse) than the actual ending.
you loved DeVito's previous films, then this one is for you. It's
funny, it's dark, it's got Stiller and Barrymore, and most of all it's
got a fantastic performance by Eileen Essell. The special features are
nothing special, and I’m guessing the studio made that decision
based on the fact that hardly anyone cared about this film as
evidenced by the very poor box office reception. This is too bad
because DeVito really makes this film a good guilty pleasure.
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