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House Broken (2009)

R | | Comedy | 7 July 2011 (Israel)
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In order to enjoy his retirement, a father takes drastic measures to get his twentysomething, slacker sons to move out and fend for themselves.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cathkart
Mary Cathkart
Quinn Cathkart
Elliot Cathkart
Sarah Stanton
Suzy Decker
Fire Chief Henry Decker (as Tom Wilson)
Gilroy (as Tony Yalda)
Shirtless Boy
Husband Camper
Wife Camper
Daughter Camper


Cathcart retires from the fire department and wants to live alone with his wife, which means he has to get his two sons, Quinn and Elliot, who are approaching 30, to move. They are unemployed slackers; their mom does everything for them. Cathcart takes her camping while leaving the boys a house without food, money, or electricity. Will the lads get the message, find jobs, and move out, or will they cling to life at mom and pop's at all costs? They take in boarders, who may be their salvation. Meanwhile, mom wants to come home and continue babying her sons. Can the house survive? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for crude and sexual content and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 July 2011 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

No Place Like Home  »

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1.85 : 1
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Infantile comedy and boring story...
29 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

I bought this movie because I thought Danny DeVito would be in the lead role, as he was on the front of the DVD cover along with his name. But it turned out that this was just a teenage comedy, and not an impressive one at that, with Danny DeVito in a supporting role only.

The story is about two slacker sons, Quinn and Elliot, who live at home and is making their father's life miserable, especially after he retired from his work at the fire department. Coming up with a plan to teach his sons about life and responsibilities, the retired father and his wife go away camping and leave the sons to fend for themselves.

I clearly wasn't the target audience for "House Broken", because I found the type of comedy infantile and the story more annoying than interesting. As such, I didn't particularly enjoy this movie very much.

The bright points to "House Broken" were Danny DeVito, Katey Sagal, Matthew Glave and Thomas F. Wilson.

If you enjoy a good comedy, then "House Broken" is hardly the best of choices.

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