Houseguest (1995)




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Movie Info

Sinbad offers some unusual advice on how to make friends in this wacky comedy. Kevin Franklin (Sinbad) is a guy who dreams of starting his own business. However, getting it off the ground is another matter altogether, and soon Kevin discovers that the two loan sharks who fronted him money want to be paid, and paid promptly, otherwise Kevin will be spending some time in the hospital. On the run through an airport, Kevin is trying to find a way out when he overhears Gary Young (Phil Hartman) … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Michael J. Di Gaetano, Lawrence Gay
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 8, 2002


as Kevin Franklin

as Gary Young

as Emily Young

as Jason Young

as Sarah Young

as Brooke Young

as Joey Gasperini

as Ron Timmerman

as Larry the Tattoo Art...

as Derek Bond

as Steve `ST-3'

as Nancy Pike

as Happy Marcelli

as Vincent Montgomery

as Stuart the Manager

as Sister Mary Winters

as Little Kevin

as 1st Local Guy

as 2nd Local Guy

as Ticket Saleswoman

as Happy's Wife

as Woman in Red Dress

as Big Spin Host

as Mr. Ichabod

as Rosie the Caterer

as Tom Miller

as Stern Man

as Society Woman

as Biker

as Preppy Man

as Secretary

as Security Guard

as Priest

as Woman in Red Dress

as Waitress

as Guy in Crowd

as Jerry Jordan

as Jane Jordan

as Michelle Castell

as Burger Counter Girl

as Ticket Vendor

as Dr. Kraft

as Dental Student

as Pauly Gasperini

as Jason Young

as Drunk at Party
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Critic Reviews for Houseguest

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5)

Turns out to be an inane fish-out-of-water comedy. Along the way it turns into a virtual McDonald's commercial, too. The fact that you can hardly tell the difference is a good clue to the movie's bad-television flavor.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

As good-natured as its big, beefy star, comedian Sinbad.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Plot-wise, there's little here beyond a few insubstantial strands.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

In its worst moments, Houseguest becomes a struggle in which a very human comedian fights to project his personality over the director's technological muddle. But the good news is that Sinbad wins.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 6, 1995
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Comedy at its most formulaic.

Full Review… | August 12, 2009
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Houseguest

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 Owens

Super Reviewer

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

Bobby Hobbs

Super Reviewer


An family-friendly romp with Sinbad & Phil Hartman providing the laughs. Keep your ears open during the end credits as they sing fast food variations of classic X-Mas carols.

Keith Adams

Super Reviewer

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