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Houseguest (1995)

 -  Comedy  -  6 January 1995 (USA)
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In hot water with the mob over an unpaid debt, a con man poses as a family friend in an affluent Pennsylvania suburb.

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Storyline

Kevin Franklin is a con man whose mouth is bigger than him, but it doesn't help him much when he's in with the mob for $50,000. Trying to avoid a gambling addict boss, and his two stupid henchmen, Kevin poses as a childhood friend to Gary Young, a workaholic father whose own life is in turmoil in an affluent Pennsylvania suburb. Written by MonkeyKingMA

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He came. He ate. He stayed. See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, double entendre humor and some comic violence | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

6 January 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Houseguest  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$26,325,256 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Candy was apparently considered to be the top choice to play the character Kevin Franklin but died before filming began. See more »

Goofs

That brand of baseball cards (Topps, 1994 edition) did not contain gum in the packs. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Pike: Slap me five there, brother!
Kevin Franklin: How about I just slap you?
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Connections

Features Blazing Saddles (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bell Day
Lyrics by Randall Miller, Jody Savin
Arranged by John Debney
Performed by Carmen Twillie
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This Guest is welcome anytime so, do seek out this fun-filled movie which can buoy spirits in a big way!
16 March 2007 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Kevin (Sinbad) is a poor single man living in Pittsburgh, with his hamster, in a small apartment. An orphan, Kevin once bragged to his grade school classmates that, one day, he would be "very wealthy". Trouble is, none of his get-rich-quick schemes have panned out and Kevin is in debt to the local mobsters. When they come to collect, Keving speeds off to the airport to catch a flight. However, with the mob on his heels, Kevin overhears an even better opportunity for him to lay low for awhile, at the airport terminal. It seems that Gary (Phil Hartman)and his children are waiting for an old camp friend that Gary has not seen for 20 years. Kevin seizes the moment and declares himself to be Dr. Derek Bond, a dentist, to Gary and the kids. Gary is delighted to see him and takes him home. Once there, in heavenly suburbia, Kevin finds out he is supposed to make a speech at the local elementary school, on career day. Okay. Kevin also learns he is reputed to be a strict vegetarian. Horrors. But, as the family showers him with gifts and parties, Kevin wonders, as do we all, how soon will they learn the truth about his identity? This is a great film, very funny and very spirit-lifting. Sinbad's Kevin is a such a lovable character, despite his scheming, that everyone is hoping for a happy ending. Hartman, likewise, is dead-pan funny in his role as a much put-upon lawyer with a family that looks perfect but which, in reality, has some problems to overcome. The setting is lovely, the costumes are nice, and the look of the film is quite wonderful, too. Do you want to cheer up yourself and your family in a big fashion? This is the film for you, as to watch it is to love it and laugh it up till the clouds overhead are long gone.


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