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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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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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They were just your average, uptight suburban family until Kevin Franklin stepped into the picture. See more »

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

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Convidado à Força  »

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$10,500,000 (estimated)

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$26,325,256 (USA)
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John Candy was apparently considered to be the top choice to play the character Kevin Franklin but died before filming began. See more »

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When Kevin Franklin and Jason Young are playing basketball with the group of kids, the ball switches hands repeatedly between Kevin and the boy when the camera angle changes four or five times. See more »

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Joey Gasperini: WHERE'S THE DOUGH?
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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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References Matlock (1986) See more »

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Coconut
Written by Harry Nilsson
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underrated comedy
21 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Kevin Frankin (Sinbad) is a guy who dreams of starting his own business. However, getting it off the ground is another matter altogether, and soon Kevin discovers that the two loan sharks who fronted him money want to be paid, and paid promptly, otherwise Kevin will be spending some time in the hospital. On the run through an airport, Kevin is trying to find a way out when he overhears Gary Young (Phil Hartman) wondering where his friend is. It seems that Gary has arranged a reunion with an old friend from childhood, but since he hasn't seen him in 25 years, he has no idea what he looks like today, beyond the fact that he's black. Kevin fits the bill that far and claims to be Gary's long lost buddy, which Gary buys hook, line, and sinker. Gary seems to enjoy bonding with his old friend, and Kevin likes staying at Gary's fine home and raiding his icebox, but Kevin discovers that impersonating a stranger is a lot more complicated than he expected after he's forced to perform oral surgery and give a speech at a grade school "Career Day" presentation. However, this is all small potatoes on the "oh, no" scale when the loan sharks track Kevin back to Gary's home in the suburbs. Houseguest was funny, it is underrated if you ask me, Phil Hartman and Sinbad made a great team. I recommend Houseguest if you want to see some classic Phil Hartman, he was great.


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