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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.

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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 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
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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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There's More Than One Way To Keep A Marriage Together... 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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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 »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$6,970,578, 6 January 1997
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kevin Pollak (Ned Beindorf) & Caroline Aaron (Louise Finley) also worked together on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017) as Moishe Maisel & Shirley Maisel respectively. 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

Gwenna Krupp: A lot of people don't dress their age. Phil Donohue did a whole special on...
Donald Krupp: Gwern, nobody wants to hear about Phil Donohue.
Cindy Figler: Excuse me, why are you always interrupting her all the time?
Donald Krupp: Well I don't think I interrupt her all...
Cindy Figler: How would you like it if somebody interrupted you every time you tried to talk?
Donald Krupp: Well like I said, I don't think I interrupt her all...
Cindy Figler: I don't think you respect her very much.
Donald Krupp: Respect? That's my wife, of course I respect her.
Gwenna Krupp: Actually Don, you're not very nice to me.
Donald Krupp: ...
[...]
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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

References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Kill Someone You Hate
Written by Jeffrey McDonald and Steve McDonald
Performed by Redd Kross
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Worst Movie I have Ever Seen
30 July 2001 | by cbrown-3See all my reviews

This has to be the worst movie i have ever seen. The plot sucked no kid would ever do this. It wasn't funny the jokes sucked. I couldn't believe that anyone would have ever thought up this movie. The acting was just terrible. The only bright spot was Jennifer Love Hewitt she could act much in this movie either. I give this move 1 star out of 10 and 2 thumbs down. I DON'T i repeat I DON'T recommend it.


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