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HouseSitter (1992)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 12 June 1992 (USA)
Con artist Gwen moves into Newton's empty house without his knowledge, and begins setting up house posing as his new wife.

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Davis builds his dream house and presents it to Becky with a proposal of marriage. She turns him down. He leaves the house, still with a ribbon running around it and returns to the city, terribly smitten with Becky. He meets Gwen who has an interesting relationship with the truth. He spends the night with her, but leaves while she is sleeping. She takes his description of the house, searches it out, and moves in. The residents of Davis' home town become curious and she invents a marriage, a courtship, and and an entire history. Davis' parents meet Gwen and are immediately taken with her. By the time Davis finds out what has happened, 2 things have happened, the whole town thinks he's married, and Becky tells him that Gwen has made her see him in a whole new light. Gwen and Davis agree that she can pretend to be his wife and get free rent while Davis works on Becky until they can announce a divorce. The trouble is that no one in the town wants them to separate and keep trying to help ... Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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She came. She saw. She moved in. See more »

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Rated PG for mild sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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$58,500,635 (USA)
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Trivia

The house was built as a standing set in Concord, Massachusetts. It was torn down soon after filming ended. See more »

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When the mom gives Gwen the card with the money, Gwen closes the card twice between shots. See more »

Quotes

Newton Davis: Wow! You're a genius. You're like the Ernest Hemingway of bullshit.
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Referenced in Muriel's Wedding (1994) See more »

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Hawn makes "Housesitter' worthwhile
20 March 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Steve Martin plays Newton Davis, a big city architect, whose marriage proposal is turned down by his childhood sweetheart Becky (Dana Delany). His proposal included a dream house, which has been sitting empty ever since. But after sharing a one night stand with Gwen, a waitress with a knack for telling lies. Gwen eventually moves into the empty house and convinces the neighbors, including Davis' parents and Becky, that she's his wife. When Davis arrives, he formulates a plan to use Gwen and their fake marriage to win back Becky.

Sure. the plot sounds a little crass, but the actors make it work to a certain degree. Martin, basically playing his 'American everyman' role with a flair for physical comedy, gets some laughs as Davis. But Hawn steals the show, it's her spawn of lies and the sweetness of her character that elevates this movie from being your standard sitcom. But, in spite of the acting, the movie still suffers from a script that lacks a real comedic punch. Too often recycled gags, like Newton's uptight parents and jerk boss, are used to strain humor into otherwise bland proceedings. A movie like this could have used new ideas. (6/10)


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