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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.

Director:

Harry Winer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle Howard ... Gregory Alan 'Grover' Beindorf
Herbert Russell ... T.J. Krupp (as Russel Harper)
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Janet Beindorf
Kevin Pollak ... Ned Beindorf
Amy Sakasitz ... Stacy Beindorf
Mooky Arizona Mooky Arizona ... Matt Finley
Caroline Aaron ... Louise Finley
Alex Seltz-Wald Alex Seltz-Wald ... Jimmy Finley (as Alex Seitz)
Josh Wolford Josh Wolford ... Teddy Finley
Wallace Shawn ... Victor 'Vic' Finley
Jennifer Love Hewitt ... Brooke Figler
Patrika Darbo ... Cafeteria Cashier
Ray Walston ... Chief Rocco
Christopher McDonald ... Donald Krupp
Colleen Camp ... 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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Home is where the hostages are. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

This movie has become a cult film 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

Matt Finley: [hooking up his Christmas lights as a silent doorbell, lights flicker] Hey guys, don't ring the doorbell until I tell you!
Jimmy FinleyTeddy Finley: We didn't!
[Matt goes to the door and sees Chief Rocco]
Chief Rocco: Are the Beindorfs home?
Matt Finley: No, they're... at the doctor's office, I'm babysitting.
Chief Rocco: Oh, well I brought them some chicken soup.
[holds up Tupperware dish of disgusting looking soup]
Matt Finley: Oh, great!
[takes it]
Matt Finley: Thanks!
[...]
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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 »

Connections

Spoofs Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Hawaii
Written by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger
Published by Famous Music Corporation
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User Reviews

Cut little comedy
16 October 2000 | by White DolphinSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House Arrest See more »

Filming Locations:

Monrovia, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,275,808, 18 August 1996

Gross USA:

$7,032,782

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,032,782
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DTS | Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (1998 Re-Release)| SDDS (1998 Re-Release)| DTS (Digital DTS Sound) (1998 Re-Release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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