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Housesitter

4.7 out of 5 stars 281 customer reviews

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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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    • Actors: Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, Dana Delany, Julie Harris, Donald Moffat
    • Directors: Frank Oz
    • Writers: Mark Stein
    • Producers: Brian Grazer
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish
    • Dubbed: French
    • 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 Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: July 21, 1998
    • Run Time: 102 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: 078322740X
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,806 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Housesitter" on IMDb

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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 original Amazon staff reviewer (I believe the "official" Amazon review has since changed to a more positive judgment), 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. "Housesitter" just zips and zings along from one wild confrontation to another as the teetering house of lies constructed by Hawn (at first) and then Martin becomes ever-more unwieldy and incoherent. Dana Delany plays a prim, preppy "third wheel" character with aplomb and the finale is satisfying, funny, and endearing. Hugely entertaining and stands up tremendously well to repeated viewings!
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    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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    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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    Gwen, or is it really Jessica (Goldie Hawn) isn't seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. She's built a whole world for herself out of those rose-colored glasses with her imaginative spin on what is true. Her many inspired, charming deceptions serve her well. But then architect Newton Davis (Steve Martin) enters that mirror ball world of untruth.
    Make 'L.A. Story' with Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant, Marilu Henner, Sarah Jessica Parker as the follow up film.
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    Hilarious and romantic comedy about consequences of "stretching" the truth. It starts with martin building his dream house for girl friend and maybe future wife, shows her the house, asks her to marry him and she says "NO" This is when the fun starts. Martin is saying his dream house is nothing more than an empty monument to her rejection of his proposal. Hawn over hears and decides to move into the house, martin mentions where it's located and hawn is off and running. She gets to the house and starts fixing it up like, new funiture, rugs, pics. etc. She has now told this little back woods town, martin and her are married. Matin decides to sell the place, this is when he finds out that every one thinks he's married to hawn. It escalates from there. Throw in two street people that she knows and now are poseing as hawns parents. I think you get the idea about this movie.
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