Duplex is a 2003 American/German black comedy film directed by Danny DeVito, and starring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore.
The film was called Our House for its UK and Irish release.
PlotAlex Rose and Nancy Kendricks 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. Theduplex is a dream come true, complete with multiple fireplaces, except for one thing: Mrs. Connelly, the cranky old lady who lives on the rent-controlled top floor. Assuming she is elderly and ill, theytake 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 rehearsingin a brass band. As a writer, Alex is attempting to finish his novel against a looming deadline. However, he is interrupted daily by Mrs. Connelly's numerous demands and requests and what begins as anuisance 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 ridof their no-good neighbor. Alex and Nancy decide to hire Chick, a hitman, to kill her. However, his asking price for doing the hit is $US25,000. Unable to initially come up with the money, Alexapproaches Coop to ask for a loan, but is rebuffed. Desperate and needing the money in two days, they sell almost every possession they own to pay Chick who will do the hit on Christmas Eve.
Alex andNancy decide to evict themselves, but find out that the old woman has died right when they leave. They contemplate their strange encounters, while it is revealed that the landlord of the duplex and thecop who distrusts the couple are the old woman's sons, and the woman (who is not dead) does this all the time, harassing young couples and faking their mother's death and collecting a commission....