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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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Cafeteria Cashier
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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 USA:

$3,121,824, 18 August 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,970,578, 20 October 1996
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When the Police ring the door bell, the Christmas lights are flashing, however this was after Mr. Beindorf had shut off the power to the house. See more »

Quotes

Ned Beindorf: Why did you have to argue?
Janet Beindorf: Why did you have to say i was critical?
Ned Beindorf: Because you are., Grover are you drug's?
Grover: Yeah, I'm on heroin and stacy's on crack.
Ned Beindorf: [to Janet, smugly] Happy now?
Janet Beindorf: Oh he's kidding,
[serious tone, banging on door]
Janet Beindorf: you better be joking do you hear me Gregory Alan Beindorf do you hear me what is wrong with you?
Grover: You guy's are splitting up that's what's wrong with me, now get down there and start solving your problem's.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Nothin' To Nowhere
Performed by Jeff Paris and The Immigrants
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Its Good
4 February 2007 | by 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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