5.8/10
7,223
31 user 14 critic

House Arrest (1996)

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
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Paper Brigade (Video 1996)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Gunther Wheeler, fourteen, a tough guy from New York City, moves to a small town called Pleasant Valley. Gunther isn't making very many friends in his new town. Until he meets Allison ... See full summary »

Director: Blair Treu
Stars: Kyle Howard, Robert Englund, Travis Wester
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A young boy refuses to accept his mother's new boyfriend, a lawyer, despite the man's attempts to win his respect, while disgruntled relatives of a criminal he prosecuted seek revenge.

Director: James Orr
Stars: Chevy Chase, Farrah Fawcett, Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Camp Nowhere (1994)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Morris "Mud" Himmel has a problem. His parents desperately want to send him away to summer camp. He hates going to summer camp, and would do anything to get out of it. Talking to his ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Prince
Stars: Jonathan Jackson, Christopher Lloyd, John Putch
It Takes Two (1995)
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Alyssa (a rich girl) and Amanda (an orphan) are two little girls who are identical, but complete strangers, that accidentally meet one day. In an attempt to stop Alyssa's father from ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Tennant
Stars: Kirstie Alley, Steve Guttenberg, Mary-Kate Olsen
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A man learns he has a thirteen-year-old son who was raised in the jungle and brings the boy to New York City, turning his life upside down in the process.

Director: John Pasquin
Stars: Tim Allen, Martin Short, JoBeth Williams
Edit

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 Seitz Alex Seitz ... Jimmy Finley
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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Areszt domowy See more »

Filming Locations:

Monrovia, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,121,824, 29 November 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,970,578, 6 January 1997
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Kyle Howard. 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

Victor 'Vic' Finley: [Louise is crying] Just hang in there, honey, when we get out of here I'll buy you a whole truck load of cigarettes.
Louise Finley: It's not that, it's just, it must be nice to have kids who love you so much.
Victor 'Vic' Finley: What're you talking about? My kids love you.
Louise Finley: You see? It's your kids. They don't think of me as their mother, they don't even want me as their mother.
Victor 'Vic' Finley: Well of course they do! Why do you think they locked you in here?
See more »

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

References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Not Unusual
Written by Les Reed and Gordon Mills
Performed by Tom Jones
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Ask yourself a few questions during watching?
8 November 2005 | by j-w-andrewsSee all my reviews

The Calibre of the actors is not in question but what they did with the material was nothing short of a miracle. As Actors you have to make a living so please don't blame them, although I would say that the one that didn't fit was kevin pollack. He gave no reason for us to either empathise or sympathise with his character. Jennifer Tilly stole the show in this instance but I will have to admit Her daughter played by Jennifer Love Hewitt showed signs that her acting ability in comedic roles suits her better than he more serious roles she has been given. Admittedly she doesn't have a gutsy enough part for the film. In fact the characters were all too shallow to be taken seriously in any respect although the storyline was entertaining there is no real depth to it. The film needed more background to each of the families involved to succeed. As it happened the only redemption was Jenifer Tilly whom not seen until almost all the parents were kidnapped, made the best of a bad situation and became a catalyst for the the other characters to play off of. Verdict: Most of the actors made the best of a bad script. But not a bad film I felt the Director could have done better.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 31 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed