Houseguest (1995)

PG  |   |  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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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




Release Date:

6 January 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Convidado à Força  »

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Box Office


$10,500,000 (estimated)


$26,325,256 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Best Short - Newburyport Documentary Film Festival. See more »


As Kevin sits next to Gary and watches him eat the Big Mac, the position of the bottom bun on the Big Mac changes between shots. See more »


[Kevin's shipment of baseball cards come in]
Kevin Franklin: The entire 1994 baseball season, know what I'm saying? I got Ken Griffey Jr. here, Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco. People spend big money for baseball cards, but if they get hurt, it's even worth more money! Say one of them's going to the car after the game, gets hit - pow! I don't wanna see it happen, but if it does, I'm getting paid!
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Heroic Sentiment
Composed by Gerhard Trede
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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Very good for a family movie
27 November 1998 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

Most family movies seem hastily thrown together but HOUSEGUEST is an exception. The dialogue sparkles, the direction isn't just 2-takes-and-go, the cinematography is whackily speeded up in some places and the editing is rapid fire. And unlike most family movies, it lasts for 110 minutes. That's about half an hour longer than is usual. I know this hardly seems like a valid point but I reckon it proves the movie's got more content than fart jokes etc.

My only gripe is the obvious McDonalds plugging about 40 minutes in. If you can just turn away for these 10 seconds then it's not so bad. It's a shame that it's there tho because it tarnishes the credibility of the movie.

Sinbad is always good and the late, great Phil Hartman can make any film watchable so they really add to this brilliantly entertaining comedy. Do yourself a favour and watch it. It's not just for kids. I watched my VHS a zillion times and I was so impatient for this DVD to be released.

So it's barebones, but who cares? I'm just glad to have it. The 1.78:1 anamorphic picture is super and the Dolby 2.0 surround track is decent enough. After all this is a dialogue driven comedy but some sound effects and music are presented pretty well. My subwoofer even go a big kick from a gunshot near the end.

Pick this one up whenever you see it. No matter what age you are, you and your kids will enjoy.

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