Relative Strangers 2006 PG-13

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When a successful doctor learns that he's adopted, he hires a private detective to locate his birth parents, and his perfect world suddenly becomes a perfect mess.

Starring:
Danny DeVito, Kathy Bates
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Relative Strangers

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Genres Comedy
Director Greg Glienna
Starring Danny DeVito, Kathy Bates
Supporting actors Ron Livingston, Neve Campbell, Beverly D'Angelo, Bob Odenkirk, Edward Herrmann, Christine Baranski, Martin Mull, Michael McKean, M.C. Gainey, Star Jones, Ed Begley Jr., Debbi Morgan, Pete Schwaba, Jimmy Pardo, Dierdre Holder, Rose Abdoo, Terry Cooley, Connie Sawyer
Studio Millennium Entertainment
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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Great cast and funny story.
M. Smith
My boyfriend wasn't as thrilled as I about renting a movie he'd never heard of, but once we popped in the dvd we were laughing nonstop!
BiblioChic
Kathy Bates is wonderful and funny.
Denise

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on November 19, 2007
Format: DVD
As a rule straight-to-video films are just plain garbage. Now I don't mean the Independent or Foreign films that fail to get a wide release. I mean the straight-to-video `should have aired on television' type movies. So, it's safe to say that when my wife picked up this little ditty out of the bargain bin and said "hey, lets get this one, it looks funny" my face contorted like I was sucking on something sour and my head started shaking in the `no' direction. I had never heard of it. I had never seen an advertisement. It had big stars in it and when you couple big stars with no advertisement that only can mean one thing...those stars are ashamed of the movie. But, who can resist a bargain, so `Relative Strangers' became mine and a few hours later my wife and I were sitting on the sofa in our living room laughing hysterically. Yes, `Relative Strangers' was quite the bargain.

The film circles around psychologist Richard Clayton. His life is going wonderfully. He's getting married to a beautiful woman, he's extremely successful and his brother Mitch is extremely jealous, and so he spills his family's dirty laundry. Richard is adopted. Feeling betrayed Richard decides to track down his birth parents expecting to find upper class educated people to justify his talent and success but instead he finds the last people on the face of the earth he'd want to be related to...carnies.

Frank and Agnes Menure (pronounced like cow poop) are outspoken, unmannered and embarrassing, especially to someone of Richard's social standing. With that said Richard spends his time finding every reason imaginable to hate them, to blame them for everything that goes wrong in his life. But all Frank and Agnes do is love their boy and this becomes very aware to Richard's fiancée Ellen.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chrissy K. McVay VINE VOICE on February 18, 2007
Format: DVD
Bates can play serious roles as well as she plays comedy (who can forget the 'squirrel lady' in Rat Race?). The interaction between Bates and Devito is very comic indeed. To bring down the blood pressure from watching one of my horror movie picks, I like an entertaining, lighthearted comedy, and this one delivered. When a thirty-four year old psychologist finds his birth parents he's more than disappointed, he's angry. They're not anything like he imagined. Can he learn to accept them for who they are and love them unconditionally?

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Randy J. White on March 20, 2007
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Saw this movie on Comedy Central recently. I didn't even know it existed. One of the funniest comedies of recent memory. Four times I busted my gut laughing. The whole thing was very amusing and entertaining. If Danny DeVito had released this movie instead of some of the awful ones that he has, he would be on top of the comedy ladder. Kathy Bates plays off of him expertly. Ron Livingston's expressions as the beleagured would be son, were hilarious. The scene where he hides in a closet and is privy to DeVito and Bates having sex on a bed, brought tears to my eyes. Funny! I am buying this one for my library.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BiblioChic on November 22, 2007
Format: DVD
I happened to notice a copy of Relative Strangers with the new releases at the video rental store, and as soon as I saw Danny Devito with Kathy Bates on the cover, I had to rent it! My boyfriend wasn't as thrilled as I about renting a movie he'd never heard of, but once we popped in the dvd we were laughing nonstop! Devito and Bates make one hilarious couple- I can't imagine two better actors for those parts. Ron Livingston as the "son" wasn't so convincing, but honestly, who cares when Devito and Bates steal the show anyway?! I will defintely be watching this one again. Worth it just for the Devito/Bates comedy.
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I have yet to watch a movie staring either Danny DeVito or Cathy Bates that I did not like. They are two of my favorites. My favorite genre, when it comes to movies lies in the area of light comedy and/or romantic comedy. Now I will be honest with you and tell you right off that until I watched this film I had never heard of it nor did the brief description I read do much for me. But when all is said and done, late at night, I will watch just about anything; if nothing else, I get good nightly naps that way.

Well, I got what I wanted with this one; Danny DeVito, Cathy Bates and a light comedy that actually turned into being hilarious. Yes, the plot was extremely predictable but in this case that did not matter. I wanted to be entertained; not challenged, and I can assure you I was entertained.

To make it short, we have a young, up and coming psychologist who has just written what is certain to become a best selling self-help book. He is engaged to be married soon. His parents are tremendously rich and his life is going great. Suddenly out of nowhere he finds that he was actually adopted and his "parents" are not really his birth parents. He immediately hires a investigator to find his true birth parents.

Enter Danny DeVito and Cathy Bates, the Manures (Pronounced just like it is spelled). They are his true birth parents and they most certainly just stepped off of the stage of a Jerry Springer Show. Our young man's life is turned upside down...he is not who he thinks he was.

The strong point of this film is the verbal (and physical) exchanges between DeVito's character and that of Bates. (How can Bates play so many characters and do it so well, each and every time? What a wide ranges she has!
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