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Perplexingly unfunny given the involvement of its two hilarious leads, Houseguest wears out its welcome almost immediately. Read critic reviews

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Fast-talking con man Kevin Franklin (Sinbad) is in over his head: He owes $50,000 to the mob, and they want to collect. On the run, Franklin happens upon lawyer Gary Young (Phil Hartman) and his family, who are waiting for an old friend Young hasn't seen in 25 years. Taking the opportunity for another con -- and to save his neck -- Franklin convinces Young he's the old friend and becomes the family's houseguest. He has a great hideout from the mob, but the Mafia henchmen are still on his trail.

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  • May 15, 2010
    I remember that we had this movie on VHS and that I really liked watching it when I was younger. I remember it being very entertaining at the time. Sinbad stars as a con artist who is trying to hide from some mobsters. In an airport he gets mistakenly befriended by a geek lawyer who thinks he's a long lost childhood friend. He becomes a house gest and makes himself comfortable in the lawyer's home and really gets to know his family and neighbors. This movie is very funny and well suited to watch with your family, I know I loved to watch it back then.
    Naughtia N Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2009
    HILARIOUS! In "Houseguest," Kevin Franklin (Sinbad) stars as a houseguest that wasn't supposed to be a houseguest. Kevin is in trouble with a few people and they threaten to kill him if he doesn't give them $50,000 the next day. Kevin ends up pretending to be a long lost friend of Gary (Phil Hartman) and his family. Kevin is going to be a houseguest for awhile just so he can stay away from the madmen that he's in trouble with. But to be the family's houseguest, he has to pretend to be the REAL long lost friend of Gary, and also pretend to be what Gary's real friend is known for, for being one of the best dentists there are. I don't see why "Houseguest" isn't a lot more popular than it is, it's one of the funniest movies I've ever seen without a doubt, and I've seen a lot of great comedy movies. Sinbad provides most of the laughs with his crazy antics. I couldn't quit laughing at the part when Sinbad washes his hands with novacaine and he finds out that his hands are real numb while he's pretending to be a dentist. But that's far from being the only hilarious part of the movie. "Houseguest" is hilarious all the way from when he first becomes the houseguest at the beginning of the movie all the way to the song that talks about food in the credits after the movie. I recommend "Houseguest" to anybody who likes hilarious movies. Whether you like Sinbad or not, you should be able to enjoy this movie a lot. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.
    Jason O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2008
    Sinbad plays a funny character that sneaks into a familes house to dodge some mobsters, posing as a long-time friend. The plot is predictable, it seems like its been done before, and its not really that orginal... But Sinbad and Hartman both play great roles that bring the movie to life. It actually turns out to be classicly funny and a great family film for all too see
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  • Nov 09, 2006
    This is a funny film. The film stars comedian Sinbad as a con artist on the run from the mob who he owes money to. He pretends to be a famous dentist and hides out with someone who thinks he was his old college roomate. The film also stars Phil Hartman as the person who mistakes him as the old friend. I will admit this is a funny film. Sinbad is very funny in this. Phil Hartman also brings some laughs. I always seem to enjoy watching this film. Well worth a watch.
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