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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.
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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One of my favorite movies when I was a kid. Now my kid loves it!! SO happy I was able to find it on here. Netflix doesn't have it :(Published 2 months ago by Kayeigh
This movie is very expensive to buy on dvd, it's a good rare teenage movie though!Published 3 months ago by Branden Weaver
Loved this movie as a child and still love today. My daughter enjoys it as well.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Still a favorite. watched this with my daughter who loved it as well.Published 18 months ago by Adelle_Vine
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