Synopsis: Alex Rose and Nancy Kendricks are a young couple who believe they have found their perfect home to start a family in. There is just one problem. An elderly tenant is staying upstairs and won't move out. Alex and Nancy desperately try everything to convince her to leave, but she refuses to move. Soon, their dream home becomes their home of nightmares.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Danny DeVito
Production: Miramax Films
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

So, you're

finally settling down.

You've saved up

a little nest egg

and are ready to dive into

the real estate market.

Let's do a little

shopping around.

The American dream home.

Two bedrooms, two bathrooms,

one doghouse, one garage,

two garbage cans.

It's cozy, safe,

and just barely within

your overstretched budget.

Not for you?

For the same price,

you can buy 200, 000 acres

of prime Sahara wasteland.

Put up a cottage.

Nothing but you and the sky.

It's like a beach

without the ocean.

And talk about quiet neighbors.

Too remote?

Oh, I understand.

You need the thrill

and excitement of the big city.

With that same nest egg,

you can get a slice

of prime real estate.

Not this real estate.

Cozy and affordable,

this lovely fixer-upper

is the perfect place

for a dynamic couple like you.

No need to putter around

the house.

It's all right there

where you stand.

What's the matter?

Feeling a little cramped?

Well, just a stone's

throw away,

just one bridge

or a tunnel ride,

just outside the big,

bustling city,

there is a place

with wide- open spaces,

friendly natives,

and spacious dwellings.

And it's all within

your price range.

It's almost

too good to be true.

When I told you

I had a particular building

in mind for you,

this is the one

I was talking about.

It's a historical home

on one of the best blocks

in all of Brooklyn.

- Remember what we talked about.

- I know. Poker face.

Built-ins, built-ins.

Oh, the kitchen's

a little small.

Well, rip out this

awful room divider,

and you've got

an eat-in kitchen.

And over here

you have your library.


For your books.

Oh, you like books?

I have a little collection

of first-edition novels.

Alex is a writer.

The parlor.

Oh, my God.

So, this staircase.

This leads to where?

I thought you realized.

This is a duplex.

As in two floors

for the price of one?

I believe it's right there

in the listing sheet.

So, why was it sealed off?

Were there, like, a slew of

murders up there or something?

No, there's just a sweet, little

old lady that lives upstairs.

A tenant?


So, rent control means

we can't kick her out, right?


That's a legitimate question.

You cannot evict her.

She has to decide to leave

or, God forbid...

Poor thing hasn't been

feeling well lately.

She's gotta be close

to 100 years old.

Mrs. Connelly?

It may take her a while.

She's hard of hearing.

Mrs. Connelly?


There's my favorite girl.

How you feeling today,

Mrs. Connelly?

I don't feel too good, Kenneth.

Oh, I'm sorry to hear that,

Mrs. Connelly.

I brought by a young couple that

may want to buy the apartment.

- Hi.

- Hi, Mrs. Connelly.

I'm Nancy Kendricks.

This is my husband, Alex Rose.


We were wondering

if we could look around.

I don't feel up to it.

I'm sorry, dear.

Nice seeing you again, Kenneth.

You have a Mommy-and-Me

park over here.

You got shopping that way.

No traffic.

It is ideal.

Here's my card

if you want to make an offer.

There's a lot of heat

on this place.

I'd say it'll be

off the market by Monday.


Three fireplaces?

Guys, the place sounds


And surprisingly affordable.

It's kind of affordable.

It's really at the high end

of our price range.

But when you factor in

that it's a duplex.

It's a duplex?



You know, it's Brooklyn,

first of all.

We weren't even thinking

about Brooklyn, so...

Oh, actually, which reminds me.

Did you bring it?

Oh, yeah.

Is this the latest in

the Don Piper mystery series?

Fresh off the presses.

I inscribed this copy

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