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House Arrest (1996)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 14 August 1996 (USA)
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

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

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

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Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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14 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Areszt domowy  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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

Goofs

When Mr. Krupp gets through the concrete, the appearance is given that he'd been digging straight through, however when Mr. Finley goes through and gets stuck in the concrete, he's coming up through a hole made in the concrete lain ground level, rather than perpendicular to the ground. In addition to it being a factual goof, given the previous scene, it would also be physically impossible for him to climb through, seeing as his back would have to be bent at a 90 degree angle at one point in order to accomplish this feat. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »

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Nothin' To Nowhere
Performed by Jeff Paris and The Immigrants
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8 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Calibre of the actors is not in question but what they did with the material was nothing short of a miracle. As Actors you have to make a living so please don't blame them, although I would say that the one that didn't fit was kevin pollack. He gave no reason for us to either empathise or sympathise with his character. Jennifer Tilly stole the show in this instance but I will have to admit Her daughter played by Jennifer Love Hewitt showed signs that her acting ability in comedic roles suits her better than he more serious roles she has been given. Admittedly she doesn't have a gutsy enough part for the film. In fact the characters were all too shallow to be taken seriously in any respect although the storyline was entertaining there is no real depth to it. The film needed more background to each of the families involved to succeed. As it happened the only redemption was Jenifer Tilly whom not seen until almost all the parents were kidnapped, made the best of a bad situation and became a catalyst for the the other characters to play off of. Verdict: Most of the actors made the best of a bad script. But not a bad film I felt the Director could have done better.


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