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Constructed out of cliches, thinly written characters, and fundamental misunderstandings of human nature, House Arrest is a dull (and borderline irresponsible) waste of a talented cast. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

When Janet Beindorf (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her husband, Ned (Kevin Pollak), announce their separation, their two kids decide to lock them in the basement of their home until they sort things out. Soon other parents are getting the same treatment from their children, including the divorce-happy Vic Finley (Wallace Shawn), with all the adults confined to the Beindorfs' basement along with Janet and Ned. Unable to escape their prison, will the parents finally make some changes in their lives?

Cast & Crew

Jamie Lee Curtis
Janet Beindorf
Kevin Pollak
Ned Beindorf
Jennifer Tilly
Cindy Figler
Sheila McCarthy
Gwenna Krupp
Wallace Shawn
Victor 'Vic' Finley
Caroline Aaron
Louise Finley
Mooky Arizona
Matt Finley
Amy Sakasitz
Stacy Beindorf
Kyle Howard
Gregory Alan 'Grover' Beindorf
Ray Walston
Chief Rocco
Keith Samples
Executive Producer
Bruce Broughton
Original Music
Ueli Steiger
Cinematographer
Ronald Roose
Film Editor
Peter Jamison
Production Design
Chris Cornwell
Art Direction
Linda Spheeris
Set Decoration
Hope Hanafin
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Critic Reviews for House Arrest

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  • [A] predictable and sugarcoated (even criminally negligent) take on The Parent Trap.

    June 14, 2013 | Rating: D- | Full Review…
  • To the slim degree that it qualifies as a comedy, House Arrest is a comedy with rank amateur pathos, and it's totally out of touch with its own superficially treated emotions.

    June 14, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A headache of a movie with a Parent Trap premise that quickly devolves into clamorous farce.

    May 29, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • One of the year's worst movies... at least I hope so, or it's going to be a very bad year.

    May 29, 2013 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
  • A tepid and repetitious comedy.

    March 26, 2009
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    March 16, 2003 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for House Arrest

  • Nov 21, 2011
    "Kids lock up parents": Terrible spoiled children. Terrible written screenplay.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2010
    Has some nice moments but was one of many mediocre movies around that time about parents splitting up.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2009
    I Think after a while, you see it's failed Attempt at a big blockbuster,and It's major Flaws.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2008
    This mean-spirited comedy only has very few laughs about the soon-to-be divorced couple's kids who decide to keep the parents locked in the basement for the best way to keep the family together.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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