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House Arrest
House Arrest
Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Pollak, Kyle Howard, Herbert Russell, Amy Sakasitz
Director: Harry Winer
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family
PG     2002     1hr 48min

When the Beindorf's announce to their kids that they're getting a divorce, the kids come up with a quick fix by locking them together in the basement in a hilarious comedy that sets out to prove there's more than one way t...  more »


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Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Pollak, Kyle Howard, Herbert Russell, Amy Sakasitz
Director: Harry Winer
Creators: Harry Winer, Carroll Newman, Jon Cowan, Judith A. Polone, Keith Samples, Laura Friedman, Michael Hitchcock
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Family Films
Studio: Hbo Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 04/02/2002
Original Release Date: 08/14/1996
Theatrical Release Date: 08/14/1996
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 48min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

A Lot of Fun
sullivan_gurl | Canada | 03/03/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is a lot of fun. The basic plot is, two kids Grover and Stacey, lock their parents in the basement after they break the news that they are getting seperated. Grover and Stacey think that all they need is time to work out their problems. Soon Grover's friends decide their parents could use some help, and bring them over. The kids try to help their parents as the parents try to escape. A nosy neighbour across the street is constantly watching, but the kids are determined to get their parents back together. This movie is definitley fun for the whole family."
A very funny and heartwarming family movie!
sullivan_gurl | 01/20/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you have kids fourteen and under, I think they'll really enjoy this movie. Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Pollak play a couple who get locked in the basement by their children because the children think they need to spend more time together. Soon other kids decide their parents need some "time out" too, which leads to many very funny situations between the kids and their parent-hostages. Our children loved seeing Jennifer Love Hewitt, one of the stars of "Party of Five," and we really enjoyed Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Pollak, and Jennifer Tilly. A lot of fun! END"
Guilty Pleasure
J. Torrez | New Mexico | 11/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am so glad this movie is finally available in widescreen! It has definitely been a guilty pleasure of mine for some time. They really assembled a great cast here. And the premise is cool. Granted it's not really plausible but who cares, it's just a movie!"
It's perfectly OK to laugh in the face of adversity.
Ben Riddle | Cuyahoga Falls, OH USA | 04/13/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Here is one of the most unusual movies I've ever seen. Grover and his sister Stacey put together a home movie featuring some of their parents' best moments as an eighteenth anniversary present. They soon find out that something is wrong after their parents give them the news of their impending seperation. After his best friend "tips him off", so to speak, Grover and Stacey come up with a novel plan.The kids decorate the basement to look like Hawaii, where their parents spent their honeymoon. But after Mom and Dad start quibbling over the anniversary cake, Grover decides to take matters into his own hands by locking his parents in the basement. He figures that after a night alone together, Mom and Dad will be able to work out their problems once and for all.It doesn't work that way, of course. The hilarity level of the movie just gets higher and higher after some of Grover's friends lock their parents in the basement with his own; what starts with a "prison sentence" turns into a all-encompassing group therapy session as all of the parents get to know one another while plotting a means of escape.The reason I'm only giving this movie four stars is because of the happy Hollywood ending. Not to give more of the plot away, but the plan winds up working, which is not at all typical of real divorce cases. I'm also tempted to call this film a black comedy, since watching it caused me to laugh at things which I wouldn't normally find funny. But maybe that can be a good thing sometimes."