House Arrest (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 Reindorf (Kyle Howard) is a kid with a problem, which is how to keep his parents from divorcing. He hits on a solution that makes sense to him. Why not lock them up in the basement, and keep them there until they reconcile? He and his younger sister Stacey (Amy Sakasitz) agree to do just that, and they successfully lure their parents into the basement and lock them in. When their junior-high-school friends find out what they've done, they decide that their own misbehaving parents need exactly the same treatment. One after another, all are tricked into entering into the Reindorf's basement. Meanwhile, upstairs, the youngsters have a very mild good time, as they can't even bring themselves to swallow the champagne they try.more
Rating: PG (adult situations)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Hitchcock
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 2, 2002
HBO Video


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.

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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