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

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Home is where the hostages are. 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  »

Filming Locations:


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 »


Janet Beindorf: [hears pounding up above] What's he doing now?
Ned Beindorf: I don't know. Grover, what're you doing?
Grover: I'm nailing the door shut.
Ned Beindorf: He's nailing the door shut. If you...
Janet BeindorfNed Beindorf: WHAT?
Grover: You guys are going to stay down there a while.
Janet Beindorf: [runs up to the basement door] He's really doing it, he's nailing it shut!
Ned Beindorf: Grover, stop it right now! What you're doing is very bad for the wood!
Grover: We'll pay for the wood!
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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 Sesame Street (1969) See more »


Do What You Gotta Do For Love
Performed by BoBoYama featuring Michael Sembello
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Its Good
4 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No matter how you beat around the bush this movie is still a good movie. Even though at times it can be sappy, like when Grover has his temper tantrum (which was absolutely funny) its still cute. My favorite part would have to be when the parents are dancing, it was so cute. But then you want to wonder what was going on with Mark's folks I mean at one point I was trying to understand why they were looking like they had sex the that night. When TJ started playing " Its Not Unusual" you see their heads pop out. Why would they be having sex when other people were around, thats kind of weird. Another thing it was kind of grimy how the fist thing that Mrs. Beindorf notices about her husband is his car. what was up with the nosy behind neighbor? These scenes really made you really want to go "hmmmmmm"? I love the part when Mr. Beindorf tells his wife that Mr. Krump would be his attorney. Krump looks at the wife and turns to Beindorf and say " I can get you the house, but kids might be a problem" All in all this movie is still good.

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