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Houseguest (1995)

PG | | Comedy | 6 January 1995 (USA)
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, double entendre humor and some comic violence | See all certifications »
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6 January 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Convidado à Força  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,325,256
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Second of three films that Phil Hartman and 'Sinbad' appeared in together. The first one was Coneheads (1993) and the last was Jingle All the Way (1996). However, they only share screen time in this film. See more »

Goofs

When Kevin and Steve are standing on the railroad tracks, the train is shown approaching much faster that reality. Numerous times the train is seen approaching in the distance, then is further back, then is closer again. See more »

Quotes

Pauly Gasperini: [hangs up phone] Happy's not happy.
Joey Gasperini: Who is he, then?
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Crazy Credits

Sinbad and Phil Hartman sing several food-themed parodies over the credits with music and a chorus in the background. Phil Hartman uses the name "Sinbad" during these songs instead of either of the character's names from the movie. See more »

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Referenced in God Said, 'Ha!' (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas/Burger Medley
Lyrics by Phil Hartman, Randall Miller, Jody Savin
Arranged by Don Nemitz
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Heaven Help Us All, I Loved a Sinbad Movie
19 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

I thought for sure I was going to run kicking and screaming from my television... a film with Sinbad? Unwatchable! But this gem proved me wrong, as I not only watched it but loved almost every second of it (and Sinbad is always on the screen, so surely it must be his doing!).

The story is a common Hollywood theme: a guy (Sinbad) passes himself off on a group or family as someone he's not: in this case, a childhood friend of a father (Phil Hartman). A little variety exists in how to play this out, but the same old stuff happens: stranger teaches family a lesson and learns one himself along the way.

What made this film great was the cast. Sinbad was surprisingly insightful and was able to make even average activities seem far-fetched and outrageous. Phil Hartman had a relatively minor role and didn't really get to provide us with a full performance, but his physical facial comedy of biting into a piece of turkey was extremely amusing (facial comedy plays a large part in this film, later coming back when a wine taster is testing a glass).

Jeffrey Jones has too small a part (this man is so under-rated in Hollywood), but does well with what he's been given. And most of all I think Kim Murphy's career should have ignited from this film, but I guess producers didn't watch it. Murphy is obviously beautiful (which seems to be enough to make it in Hollywood), but more so she played her Gothic character perfectly. I was amused with her delivery of the lines concerning Edgar Allan Poe's last meal, her Smiths t-shirt (perfect choice) and the really wacky line about evil rats. The writers did their homework when writing in Murphy's character and she repaid them in spades. (Can I use the word "spades" when talking about a Sinbad movie?) The soundtrack was amusing. Best feature: the fact that some scenes were so obviously McDonald's commercials, with one really extended scene including a McDonald's theme song. Heck, after that moment I would have cut off my own leg for a double quarter pounder with cheese.

I love this movie, and would not be against displaying it proudly on my movie shelf for all my relatives, friends and guests to see. I do not know why this film has gone underground and has been long forgotten my many people, but it shouldn't have been. This is comedy gold, people.


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