Houseboat (1958)


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Cary Grant scored still another box-office smash with his 1958 vehicle Houseboat. Grant plays a widowed father who packs himself and his spoiled kiddies off to a ramshackle houseboat. Enter Sophia Loren, who is attempting to break loose from her tyrannical father's (Eduardo Cianelli) iron grip. She hires on as Grant's housekeeper and his children's governess. Though Grant struggles valiantly to maintain a "hands off" policy, he and Loren are billing and cooing by fadeout time--but not before … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
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Written By: Jack Rose, Melville Shavelson
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On DVD: Nov 5, 2002
Paramount Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Houseboat

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | January 29, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Warm romance classic has realistic kid behavior.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Innocent romantic comedy isn't one of Grant's best, but he and Loren make for interesting watching in close quarters.

August 6, 2005
Movie Metropolis

The leads share so little chemistry I had to double-check the credits to make sure they were in the same movie.

July 7, 2004

Audience Reviews for Houseboat


Charming classic romantic comedy about a widower who has to win back his kids' hearts while living on a house boat and dealing with an unusual maid. Everything about this film feels dated, the green screen, camera work. That's not a bad thing, though, because it fits the movie perfectly and makes it such a nostalgic trip back to a time when rom coms still were charming and innocent without fart jokes. Cary Grant is of course a great leading man and Sophia Loren a cheeky counterpart. A sweet and lovable film you can still watch to have a good time, even after all those years.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

This is a cute and fun little romantic movie with two great stars, and I enjoyed it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Cute entertaining flick from Cary Grant. Not one of his best, but I could spend two hours watching Cary Grant take out his trash. This time around he's a divorced man taking in his three young kids after their mother dies in a car accident. He hasn't been much of a father up until now, so he's having to spend a little while getting the kids to like him again. When the youngest boy wanders off during a concert and is found by Sophia Loren, she takes him back to Grant's apartment and the kids beg him to hire her as their maid. Through a series of events, the family ends up living on a houseboat. In the meantime....well, you can guess what happens from here. Cary and Sophia scratch and claw at each other first, but then instead of fur, sparks fly. Grant is gorgeous, Sophia is gorgeous, and the whole film is a fun little romp suitable for the whole family. And unlike 90% of the romcoms, this one didn't make me nauseous. Good job.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

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