House Arrest (1996)



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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Grover and his young sister Stacy decide to lock their parents in the basement until they decide that they are not going to get a divorce. Eventually three other sets of neighbor kids decide to bring their parents over to do the same thing.

Rating: PG (adult situations)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Hitchcock
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 2, 2002
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as Janet Beindorf

as Ned Beindorf

as Cindy Figler

as Gwenna Krupp

as Vic Finley

as Louise Finley

as Matt Finley

as Grover Beindorf

as T.J. Krupp

as Stacy Beindorf

as Brooke Figler

as Cafeteria Cashier

as Chief Rocco

as Mrs. Burtis

as Officer Davis

as Officer Brickowski

as Ralph Doyle

as Flower Girl

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.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
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.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
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.

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A tepid and repetitious comedy.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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.

Full Review… | January 22, 2002
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

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 McKenna

Super Reviewer


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

Joseph Eastmond

Super Reviewer

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