House Arrest

1996

House Arrest

Critics 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.

10%

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Reviews Counted: 30

45%
liked it

Audience Score

User Ratings: 20,029

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Reviews Count: 0
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 0

AUDIENCE SCORE

45%
Average Rating: 2.8/5

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Movie Info

Kevin Pollak and Jamie Lee Curtis are a feuding couple locked in the basement by their kids in this high-concept, low-execution comedy whose audience Ñ unlike its characters Ñ will be free to leave.

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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.

    Jun 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.

    Jun 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.

    Mar 26, 2009

    Joe Leydon

    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.

    Jan 22, 2002 | Full Review…

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

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
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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