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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 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


Home is where the hostages are. See more »


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:





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 »


T.J. Krupp: [installing the security door] Folk's, your look at the enforcer 2000 it's the best security door that money can buy now uh there's no need to thank me it's my gift to you and since your my favorite new customer's here's a little bonus gift
[show's off jumper cable's]
T.J. Krupp: a shiny new pair of jumper cable's which just so happen to be connected to two count em two 12 bolt car batterie's in my backpack, now that's why your gonna hand over the knife Mr. Beindorf
Ned Beindorf: [confused] What are you talking about?
T.J. Krupp: Lets...
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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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Cut little comedy
16 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

I don't know why a lot of critics attacked this movie. What is there to attack? That's the problem with critics, they're always way too serious. Lighten up! No one said this would be Saving Private Ryan. It's not even Honey I Shrunk The Kids, but it's still cute.

I mean think about it, at one point (well, more than one) in our lives we all just wish we could lock our parents in the basement. The acting is not superb but it's cute and the kind you would expect from a movie like this. The one person I will hand it to is Jennifer Tilly, who really stole the show as Jennifer Love Hewitt's teen-like mother. Not bad at all, though not near to becoming one of the best. This movie will soon be forgotten but if it ever comes on TV watch it.

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