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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 to keep a marriage together.

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  • Actors: Kyle Howard, Russel Harper, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Pollak, Amy Sakasitz
  • Directors: Harry Winer
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 2, 2002
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Y6YF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,732 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By sullivan_gurl on March 2, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Torrez on November 5, 2008
Format: DVD
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!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 1998
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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
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ben Riddle on April 12, 2001
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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.
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I'll mince no words about "House Arrest": it is pure kiddie fare. The plot is ridiculous, the acting is outrageous, and the characters are overly colorful. Yet, the whole film is just plain fun!

For a basic plot summary, "House Arrest" sees young Grover Beindorf (Kyle Howard) lock his nearing-divorce parents (Jamie Lee Curtis & Kevin Pollak) in the basement in hopes of seeing them work out their problems. Predictably, insanity ensues and pretty soon three other "parental units" are trapped as well.

From beginning to end, the sight gags and goofy humor abound. The parents "down below" scheme to escape and bicker amongst themselves, the kids "above" struggle with their newfound freedom, and all the while a comically nosy neighbor tries to put the pieces together.

What always charms me about this movie is how it espouses such a great message at its core: kids just wanting their parents to get along. Incredibly sappy, for sure, but also innocent and sweet. Besides that, the auxiliary cast (especially Jennifer Tilly, Christopher McDonald, & Wallace "Rex from Toy Story" Shawn) really drives the humorous moments with their wacky antics and predicaments. Oh yeah, and a young Jennifer Love Hewitt will be every young boy's fantasy after watching this movie (!).

Thus, "House Arrest" may be cornball through and through, but director Harry Winer makes no bones about it and embraces the zany hilarity. Show this to your children and try to remember being a kid yourself!
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By Pumpkin Man on September 15, 2010
Format: DVD
If you are a child who has had their parents split up, then you'll probably enjoy this. Grover and Stacy Beindorf are the children of Janet and Ned. On their Anniversary, the kids throw them a party in the basement. Then they find out that their parents are spliiting up, they decide to lock them in the basement until the talk out their problems. When other kids hear about it at school, they decide to lock up their parents with the Beindorfs as well. Will this bring the parents closer together and rekindle their love? I highly recommend HOUSE ARREST!!!
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By Ikarus S. on March 21, 2013
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A great movie I didn't see when I was a kid. Yet, while it contains many of them (even a young Jennifer Love Hewitt), it is more a Teen or Adult movie. Star packed cast, and a good story line about Children being sick of their parents thinking about the big D-word. As a final solution they lock their parents up, to attempt to rescue their relationships. As a side effect the kids (who didn't like each other before) become best friends. Funny, yet serious. I think Macaulay Culkin should have watched this movie...where is that bugger anyways these days?
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