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House Arrest (1996)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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When their parents decide to separate, Grover Reindorf and his sister Stacey are determined to stop them. The kids lock their parents in the basement, intending to keep them there until they reconcile. When word gets out, their peers decide that their own misbehaving parents need exactly the same treatment.

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Cast

Jamie Lee Curtis
as Janet Beindorf
Kevin Pollak
as Ned Beindorf
Jennifer Tilly
as Cindy Figler
Sheila McCarthy
as Gwenna Krupp
Wallace Shawn
as Vic Finley
Caroline Aaron
as Louise Finley
Mooky Arizona
as Matt Finley
Kyle Howard
as Grover Beindorf
Russel Harper
as T.J. Krupp
Amy Sakasitz
as Stacy Beindorf
Jennifer Love Hewitt
as Brooke Figler
Patrika Darbo
as Cafeteria Cashier
Ray Walston
as Chief Rocco
Colleen Camp
as Mrs. Burtis
K. Todd Freeman
as Officer Davis
Daniel Roebuck
as Officer Brickowski
Ben Stein
as Ralph Doyle
Rosie Winer
as Flower Girl
Jessica Frank
as Jr. Bridesmaid
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Critic Reviews for House Arrest

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (12)

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

June 14, 2013 | Rating: D- | Full Review…
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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…
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A headache of a movie with a Parent Trap premise that quickly devolves into clamorous farce.

May 29, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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…
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A tepid and repetitious comedy.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

There's little to commend this formulaic and misleading fantasy, which seems sadly aimed at an especially fragile audience -- kids from broken homes who all too often blame themselves.

January 22, 2002 | Full Review…
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for House Arrest

"Kids lock up parents": Terrible spoiled children. Terrible written screenplay.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Has some nice moments but was one of many mediocre movies around that time about parents splitting up.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

½

I Think after a while, you see it's failed Attempt at a big blockbuster,and It's major Flaws.

Joseph Eastmond
Joseph Eastmond

Super Reviewer

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