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Housesitter (1992)

Steve Martin , Goldie Hawn , Frank Oz  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, Dana Delany, Julie Harris, Donald Moffat
  • Directors: Frank Oz
  • Writers: Mark Stein
  • Producers: Brian Grazer
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 1998
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 078322740X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,919 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Housesitter" on IMDb

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Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn star in this hilarious romantic comedy about the consequences of "stretching" the truth. When architect Newton Davis' girlfriend Becky (Dana Delany) turns down his marriage proposal, his newly-built dream house suddenly becomes nothing more than an empty monument to her rejection. That is, until a chance encounter with Gwen (Hawn) turns his life upside-down. Intrigued by Newton's story, Gwen visits the house and decides to move in on her own. Resourceful and creative, Gwen is soon fixing up the house and charming Newton's family and neighbors - and all the while passing herself off as his new wife! Gwen even befriends Becky, who begins to see a Newton she never knew existed. Horrified at the deception yet unable to stop it, Newton finds himself playing along with her preposterous stories, her attempts at reconciling differences within the family and her campaign for his promotion at work. Finally, he convinces Gwen to fabricate their "divorce" so he can still get married to Becky - until he has a change of heart. It's a delightful, warmhearted and intelligent comedy from director Frank Oz.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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I wish more projects were assembled for this tag-team of born screwball comedy geniuses, because "Housesitter" offers a great display of how well Martin and Hawn work together onscreen. Their senses of timing are tremendous and both have a gift for physical comedy and wringing the best out of every line of dialogue. I disagree with the Amazon staff reviewer, I think this movie is very well constructed, with a tight plotline and just the right balance of jokes and exposition. Not a word or scene is wasted. The humor is absurdist but good-natured, as in older-style films, and the supporting cast does standout service. This is a very underrated comedy, in my view, and I give it a high recommendation for fans of either of these fine actors or zany comedy in general. A very refreshing change from in-you-face gross-out jokes and sophomoric scatalogical/sexual put-down gags that pass as "comedy" in so many films today.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Laughs December 6, 2004
A charming comedy played superbly by Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn.

Martin plays a decently successful architect and uses his talent to build a house for his high-school sweatheart. He is rather romantically inclined and presents her with this engagement gift wrapped in a big red ribbon. This scares away his high-school sweatheart as she interprets it as him being too imaginative and living in the fantasy-land than being a down-to-earth man, she'd prefer to be with.

Heartbroken, he ends up in a Hungarian restaurant to wash away his woes and eventually pours out his heart to a waitress, played by Goldie Hawn, who doesn't stop a beat to take advantage of the situation. She is an adventurous free-spirit, endowed with wild imagination, who believes that life is to be experienced and she'll do whatever it takes to experience the richness of life.

After spending one night with the architect, she promptly packs and unbeknonst to him, move into his newly built house. After all, why leave such a lovely house empty? She quickly gets acquainted with local people, charges everything to the architect's account and gets to meet even his parents, to him she presents herself as the architect's wife. As unique as she is - an acquired taste, as her make-believe inlaws would say, she has a very charming personality and everybody delights in her presence. Whatever the situation, she always has a ready answer, often backed with a wild and outrageous story.

When Martin shows up at his newly-built house and finds her there, he is at first stunned, but figures that the only way to get out of it is by incorporating and continuing her make-believe stories and inventing that they are now getting divorced.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! July 21, 2005
Most of us know the story. I'm just going to add my favorate scenes and thoughts. Becky didn't deserve Newton. She turned his marriage proposal down because she did not see the value in his creativity and vision. We get a real sense of what Gwen is feeling the first time she sees the house. Imagine this: You are walking thru a brand new house that was custom designed by someone you know. No one has ever lived in it, and the person it was offered to has turned it down. Gwen thought the house was so beautiful that she sat out side of the house and stared at it in amazement! Although she initially didn't want Newton around because of her con, we know that she could see the value of the man. This is the focus of the story: not the house but the story of a woman recognizing the quailites of Newton.

One of my favorite movies!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My All Time Favorites February 3, 2001
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I remember being 14 and going to see this movie on opening weekend with my sister, I was a big Goldie Hawn fan at that point and I fell for her big time after seeing her in "Overboard", another underrated comedy from Goldie's cinema showcase. Even though this movie mostly got mixed reviews, I loved it instantly and ordered it constantly on PPV until I managed to get my hands on a tape of it. It is truly hilarious and the comedy team of Goldie Hawn & Steve Martin is absolutely magical perfection. This movie has so many laughs in it that one would be hard pressed to pick 1 certain defining moment but it is well worth the price and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to laugh. Also recommended is Goldie's other hit from the summer of '92, "Death Becomes Her".
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Cheap Immitation February 23, 2001
Housesitter is an awful rewrite of the charming 1941 movie It Started with Eve. Unlike Deanna Durbin's character, who is honest and likeable, Goldie Hawn plays a pathological liar no decent person could respect. In fact, the whole plot of the original has been so cheapened that it's hard to accept any of the relationships between characters, or the final outcome. The two movies share a cast of characters in similar roles, and even humorous scenes like tripping over a living-room chair, but the wholesome quality of the original is totally lost in Housesitter. The film's only saving grace is the superb acting of its well-picked cast. The story line, though, has been shamefully distorted. I would expect a remake to improve on the original, but comparing these two films saddens me to think how far American screenwriting has deteriorated in the past 50 years.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Two of the best comedians provide stellar all-time comedy!!
Five stars for acting, casting, scenes, delivery, story line, and comedy of which we never tire. Hawn is fantastic!! We wish she were making more movies still like this. Read more
Published 1 day ago by latebloomerToo
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite movies
This movie is simply delightful. I have watched it over and over again. I'm so happy Amazon had a widescreen version on DVD to replace my old VHS copy!
Published 16 days ago by Sean's Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets funnier every time!
In truth, this is not the greatest movie of all time. However, there is something so absolutely splendid in the twisted and growing deceptions that take on their own reality, and... Read more
Published 28 days ago by J. Arena
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Published 1 month ago by Pam Heitzrater
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time to watch.
A decent movie. Not great. Certainly not a waste of time. Steve Martin is always funny. Good story and entertaining
Published 1 month ago by Gary Graf
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost my copy of House Sitter
This is one of Steve Martins and Goldie Hawns best comedies. The DVD was in perfect condition. We have watched it and enjoyed as always.
Published 1 month ago by Norman Hess
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Hilarious
Unbelievably funny. You have to see this little jem again in the clear DVD version. I'm really glad I bought it.
Published 1 month ago by David R. Denend
5.0 out of 5 stars Housesitter
Totally funny movie, just makes you feel good. Was a perfect casting decision, they feed off of each other. One to be watched over and over again.
Published 1 month ago by aeglins
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY MOVIE
Anybody interested in watching a movie that will make you laugh and feel good, plus it has romance THIS is IT.
Published 1 month ago by Maria Tourreilles
5.0 out of 5 stars Must watch
Another great movie done by Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. They have lots of magic together and gives you a good feeling kind of movie. Love happy endings.
Published 1 month ago by Loraine Cope
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