House Arrest (1996)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family  |  14 August 1996 (USA)
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A group of children, desperate to keep their various parents from getting divorces, kidnap them and hold them prisoner in a basement in order to force them to reconcile.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Alan 'Grover' Beindorf
T.J. Krupp (as Russel Harper)
Janet Beindorf
Ned Beindorf
Stacy Beindorf
Mooky Arizona ...
Matt Finley
Louise Finley
Alex Seitz ...
Jimmy Finley
Josh Wolford ...
Teddy Finley
Victor 'Vic' Finley
Brooke Figler
Cafeteria Cashier
Chief Rocco
Donald Krupp
Mrs. Burtis


High-schooler Grover Beindorf and his younger sister Stacy decide that their parents, Janet and Ned, are acting childishly when they decide to divorce after 18 years of marriage, so they lock them up in the basement until they'll sort out their problems. Their schoolfriends also decide to do the same with their parents to solve their respective problems. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


There's More Than One Way To Keep A Marriage Together... See more »


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Areszt domowy  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,121,824 (USA) (16 August 1996)


$6,970,578 (USA) (18 October 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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T.J.'s van is a customized '70s Dodge Tradesman. See more »


There would be no cobwebs, and certainly no live rats, in a laundry chute that had been completely sealed years earlier as shown. See more »


Stacy Beindorf: Good morning, Chief Rocco!
Chief Rocco: Aren't your parents going to work today?
Grover: Uh, no, they got the bug that's been going around.
Chief Rocco: I didn't know there was one.
Stacy Beindorf: Yeah it's really bad... especially for old people.
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Crazy Credits

As the closing credits roll, we are shown the various family members in Hawaii hula-dancing, often in native garb or something close to it, singly and in various combinations. The footage ends with Chief Rocco (Ray Walston) stumbling out of some bushes with a set of night-vision goggles with which he tries to observe the rest of the cast (in full daylight). See more »


References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »


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Funny with a useful lesson
24 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This comedy, about a teenager and his younger sister who lock their parents in the basement until they work out their marital problems, is not as bad as it sounds. We wind up with a bunch of kids upstairs who know how to relate to one another but gradually have to work out how to keep practical things running, and a bunch of adults downstairs who are just the opposite. In truth, neither side does very well, but at least this is not the tired condescension of the kids screwing up and needing to be rescued by the adults: both groups are portrayed with a mix of severity and sympathy. Throw in a meddling retired chief of police across the street, and make him Ray Walston whom I think everybody loved most in "Picket Fences," and you have a film that is very entertaining, and also carries across some deeper meaning about what contributions young people and older ones can make to each other's ongoing development. Kyle Howard was 18 trying to play 14, which took a good deal of suspension of disbelief, but that miscasting seems to be an obsession Hollywood just can't seem to grow out of.

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