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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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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 »

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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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Trivia

Film debut of Kyle Howard. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Krupp gets through the concrete, the appearance is given that he'd been digging straight through, however when Mr. Finley goes through and gets stuck in the concrete, he's coming up through a hole made in the concrete lain ground level, rather than perpendicular to the ground. In addition to it being a factual goof, given the previous scene, it would also be physically impossible for him to climb through, seeing as his back would have to be bent at a 90 degree angle at one point in order to accomplish this feat. See more »

Quotes

Stacy Beindorf: Good morning, Chief Rocco!
Chief Rocco: Aren't your parents going to work today?
Grover: Uh, no, they got the bug that's been going around.
Chief Rocco: I didn't know there was one.
Stacy Beindorf: Yeah it's really bad... especially for old people.
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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

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1996 (1997) See more »

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It's Good To Know That I'm Alive
Written by Michael Sembello and Richard Rudolph
Performed by Jennifer Love Hewitt
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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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