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Houseguest (1995)

PG | | Comedy | 6 January 1995 (USA)
In hot water with the mob over an unpaid debt, a con man poses as a family friend in an affluent Pennsylvania suburb.

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Randall Miller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sinbad ... Kevin Franklin
Phil Hartman ... Gary Young
Kim Greist ... Emily Young
Kim Murphy ... Brooke Young
Chauncey Leopardi ... Jason Young
Talia Seider Talia Seider ... Sarah Young
Paul Ben-Victor ... Pauly Gasperini
Tony Longo ... Joey Gasperini
Jeffrey Jones ... Ron Timmerman
Stan Shaw ... Larry the Tattoo Artist
Ron Glass ... Dr. Derek Bond
Kevin Jordan Kevin Jordan ... Steve 'ST-3'
Mason Adams ... Mr. Pike
Patricia Fraser Patricia Fraser ... Nancy Pike
Don Brockett ... Happy Marcelli
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Storyline

Kevin Franklin is a con man whose mouth is bigger than him, but it doesn't help him much when he's in with the mob for $50,000. Trying to avoid a gambling addict boss, and his two stupid henchmen, Kevin poses as a childhood friend to Gary Young, a workaholic father whose own life is in turmoil in an affluent Pennsylvania suburb. Written by MonkeyKingMA

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He came. He ate. He stayed. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, double entendre humor and some comic violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Convidado à Força See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,831,302, 8 January 1995

Gross USA:

$26,325,256

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,325,256
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Candy first choice to play Kevin Franklin, but he died before filming began. See more »

Goofs

When Kevin is chased by the bad guys, he is carrying a McDonald's paper bag, which gets crumpled and creased during the journey. But once Kevin gets into Gary's car and throws the bag down, it is creaseless. See more »

Quotes

Pauly Gasperini: [hangs up phone] Happy's not happy.
Joey Gasperini: Who is he, then?
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Crazy Credits

Sinbad and Phil Hartman sing several food-themed parodies over the credits with music and a chorus in the background. Phil Hartman uses the name "Sinbad" during these songs instead of either of the character's names from the movie. See more »

Connections

Referenced in American Dad!: Lost in Space (2013) See more »

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Dramatic Event
Composed by Hans Conzelmann and Delle Haensch
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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Not smart, but some funny and fun scenes thanks to Sinbad's comic work.
6 September 2014 | by frogsaroyanSee all my reviews

The plot is formulaic, the characters are trite. Even worse, the characters are all negative stereotypes without any parody with which to lampoon them. As such, the movie is nearer to a Saturday morning cartoon than to National Lampoon. It is not smart. Still, much of Sinbad's comic delivery is fun, I'll admit! His "award-acceptance" monologue near the beginning I find hilarious. I can picture a golden age icon like young Mickey Rooney or Jimmy Stewart doing the same scene with a zany innocence... but Sinbad is a comic for our times and because of the edginess of his character (who was set up to look like a petty criminal) that scene couldn't have been more funny. I also enjoy the tooth-removal sequence. It's comedy worthy of Jerry Lewis or Lucille Ball, and that the entire film is really a build up to that scene makes it forgivable. I watched it because mistaken/hidden identity stories are often funny... and I watch any and every movie with Jeffrey Jones.


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