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Madhouse (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  16 February 1990 (USA)
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The luxurious villa of Mark and Jessie Bannister, a yuppie couple, is overrun by loads of uninvited guests who turn the house up side down.

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Mark and Jessie Bannister have a problem. Actually, SEVERAL problems. Namely his cousins, her sister and nephew, and the neighbours next door. All this, problems at work and a cat that keeps coming back from the dead. Written by Brad H. Yasuda <b_yasuda@hotmail.com>

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The bad news is you have houseguests. There is no good news.

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16 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La casa loca  »

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$21,036,771 (USA)
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Dennis Miller's feature film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Mark and Jessie hear the message from Dr. Penix on the answering machine, the machine is not plugged into the phone line. See more »

Quotes

Jessie: Claudia, I... What are you doing?
Claudia: Making a list of potential husbands. There are plenty of former suitors just waiting to sweep me off my feet.
Jessie: Ranked in financial order?
Claudia: One has to know what one is getting into.
Jessie: What's the asterisk for?
Claudia: Over eighty.
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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: The Future of the Movies (1990) See more »

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Let's Dance
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The houseguests from hell. (spoilers)
30 July 2005 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

'Madhouse' is a mild comedy made much funnier by the presence of it's two lead actors--John Laroquette and Kirstie Alley--who both have good chemistry together and create the necessary counterweights to a goofy situation comedy.

This is the story of a Californian couple, Mark and Jessie Bannister, who just bought a house in L.A. On short notice, Mark gets word that his wimpy cousin and his irritating wife (John Deihl and Jessica Lundy) are coming to visit. As annoying as the wife may be, these are the least of their worries since they will be followed by a number of other equally annoying characters who the Bannisters just can't seem to get rid of. It is a mild, simple situation comedy, but as the situation becomes more outrageous as the visitors become more numerous and the Bannisters more desperate to get rid of their houseguests from hell who have taken over their once-comfortable home and are slowly invading their lives (including their work). By this point, it's destined for a lot of laughs, especially as the Bannisters become more neurotic.

Fans of late 80s/early 90s mainstream situation comedies should enjoy this one. It's a good weekend afternoon snoozer comedy. It's on the order of oddball disaster comedies like Mystery Date or After Hours (although with much less humor than After Hours).


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