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Smart House (1999)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Drama | Family  -  26 June 1999 (USA)
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A teenager wins a fully automated dream house in a competition, but soon the computer controlling it begins to take over.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nick Cooper
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Ben Cooper
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Pat
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Sara Barnes
Katie Volding ...
Angie Cooper
Emilio Borelli ...
Miles
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Tuttle
Jason Lansing ...
Johnny
Joshua Boyd ...
Ryan
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Gwen Patroni
Niles Calloway ...
Charlie
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Passing Kid (as Sean Donahuoe)
Nicole Bailey ...
Pretty Girl
Rachel Duncan ...
Judy
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Natalie
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A 13 year old boy wins a computerized home manned by a cyborg maid named PAT. When he and his dad move into the house, he figures that his dad will cease considering re-marrying anyone since the house and PAT can handle all of the cooking and cleaning chores. However, his father soon shows an interest in the computer programmer. This sets the boy into tinkering with PAT's program and sets in motion a too wife (and mother)-like nagging robot. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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When the party is over, the girl in the maroon shirt runs out of the house twice. See more »

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Sara: No, its okay. I should go home and feed my pet rat.
Angie: You have a rat?
Sara: Yes, his name is Butler. Get it, Rat Butler?
Angie: [pause]
Sara: Sorry, wrong generation. I hate showing my age.
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Slam Dunk
Performed by Five
Composed by Denniz Pop, Max Martin (as Martin Sandberg), Herbie Crichlow (as Herbert Crichlow),
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Inc. (ASCAP) (for United States and Canada)/Grantsville Publishing, Ltd. (Administered by Zomba Music Publishers,
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HAL In Your Home
9 January 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the more clever Disney television movies is definitely Smart House. This involves a family winning a contest to live as guinea pigs in a futuristic house that is completely computer controlled. But like HAL in 2001 A Space Odyssey or Colossus, The Forbin Project the super artificial brain starts to take over everything.

Kevin Kilner and his son Ryan Merriman and daughter Angie Volding are the Cooper family and they win moving into a house that is completely computer controlled. It cleans up after itself, cooks meals, makes beds, etc. All with the cheery voice of that ultimate mother figure, Katey Sagal. It's even got a name like HAL, PAT in this case. It even helps Kilner organize his work so he can stay at home most of the time. Kilner has other needs however that Pat can't supply and that his kids can't understand.

Especially Merriman who misses his mother and is jealous of computer woman Jessica Steen who runs PAT's support systems and who Kilner starts showing an interest in. Merriman downloads some old family television shows to give PAT an idea of what the ideal mother is like.

It's a lot of laughs and then gets a bit frightening when Sagal materializes as a holograph and shuts the place down.

Several centuries later all the kinks got worked out and the Starship Enterprise certainly didn't need a mother figure supervising the crew's every needs. Smart House was a clever idea for a family film, nicely packaged by the folks at The Magic Kingdom.


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