Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Danny DeVito, Kathy Bates, Ron Livingston, Neve Campbell, Beverly D'Angelo
On a mission to locate his biological parents a tighly wound professional is befuddled to find that the couple who conceived him arent exactly upper-class. Studio: First Look Home Entertain Release Date: 01/23/2007 Star... more »
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Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 9/11/2013...
Well I seldom LOL at movies but this one had me nearly on the floor LMAO all by myself! Seeing Danny DeVito with hair is worth the price of admission alone and hearing the sexual moans and grunts from he and his wife, played delightfully by Kathy Bates in the room next to Clayton's, is hilarious! Enjoy this one for the writing and the amazing cast including Martin Mull and Edward Herrmann.
Kathy A. (KathyA)
Reviewed on 5/25/2009...
I loved this movie! The all star cast! The perfect couple, the mean/sarcastic brother, the parents, well-to-do snobs.. but the mean brother can't wait to drop the bomb that his brother is adopted! It ends up, reinforcing the reasons he's different from his family, because he is a much more compassionate person than he thought he was! Kathy Bates and Danny DeVito are brilliant in their rolls as carnies! I own it, it's a must see!
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Hilda S. from YORKTOWN, VA
Reviewed on 5/5/2008...
This was a hilarious movie about a guy who finds out he was adopted and goes searching for his birth parents right before he is about to get married. His birth parents played by Devito and Bates are about as "redneck" as you can get and Devito and Bates play the role to the hilt.
Awesome performancces by Livingston and Campbell also.
Not the `straight-to-video' train-wreck one might assume it
Andrew Ellington | I'm kind of everywhere | 11/20/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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. The Menure's may not be the upper class heroes Richard expected, but they are kind hearted and loving people (beneath that harsh exterior) and he just needs to give them a chance.
The film is predictable, but it is, above all else, hysterical. I've always been a huge fan of Kathy Bates, I mean the woman can play anything. I prefer her funny, and here she is undeniable the funniest in the bunch. Couple her with Danny DeVito and you have a comedic team made in Hollywood heaven. Their banter back and forth is purely delightful since they have a very strong comedic chemistry with one another. Ron Livingston serves his purpose as Richard. He was better suited in `Office Space' and comes off a little over the top here, but he works fine and doesn't take away from the film. Christine Baranski is priceless as Richard's adoptive mother Arleen, and Edward Herrmann is also great as his adoptive father Doug. Beverly D'Angelo shines as Ellen's mother Angela, and Neve Campbell herself is delightful as Ellen.
Where is she by the way? I miss my Neve fix!
Don't be a stranger (I can't believe I'm this corny) to `Relative Strangers', a film that took me by surprise in its ability to scratch my funny bone. I absolutely loved this adorable little film and am sure that you will too. So give it a shot, hunt it down, buy it and enjoy every laugh filled minute."
This deserved a theatrical release.
Randy J. White | Anaheim, CA USA | 03/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Hilarious! Don't pass this one up!
K. Jones | Alabama | 11/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."