House Arrest
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Grover Reindorf (Kyle Howard) is a kid with a problem, which is how to keep his parents from divorcing. He hits on a solution that makes sense to him. Why not lock them up in the basement, and keep them there until they reconcile? He and his younger sister Stacey (Amy Sakasitz) agree to do just that, and they successfully lure their parents into the basement and lock them in. When their junior-high-school friends find out what they've done, they decide that their own misbehaving parents need exactly the same treatment. One after another, all are tricked into entering into the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 10%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] predictable and sugarcoated (even criminally negligent) take on The Parent Trap."
‑ Erin Richter, Entertainment Weekly
"One of the year's worst movies... at least I hope so, or it's going to be a very bad year."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Borrowing liberally from both The Parent Trap' and The Great Escape, this misguided attempt at family farce rests on a couple of incompatible premises -- romantic matchmaking and imprisoned dispair."
‑ Dennis King, Tulsa World
"Only Pollak and Curtis create any semblance of character in this tapestry of stereotype, but the movie doesn't give them enough to do as the louder idiots take to the fore with clumsily imagined escape gambits."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"As I think about it, nothing much happens during the movie except for the parents making multiple attempts to escape and the kids foiling them every step. In a sentence, that's the story."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"To the slim degree that it qualifies as a comedy, House Arrest is a comedy with rank amateur pathos, and it's totally out of touch with its own superficially treated emotions."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"A tepid and repetitious comedy."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"When you scrape through the bottom of the comedy barrel and root around underneath it, this tedious morsel of drivel is what you will find."
‑ , People Magazine
"Parents of America: Beware! Should you choose to sit through this insufferable bit of high-concept fluff, you will feel as though you have been unlawfully detained for nearly two hours."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"MGM can make millions with House Arrest. All they have to do is allow free admittance, and charge $10 a head for those wanting to run out of the theater before the end credits roll."
‑ Brandon Judell, Critics Inc./America Online
"A headache of a movie with a Parent Trap premise that quickly devolves into clamorous farce."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"There's little to commend this formulaic and misleading fantasy, which seems sadly aimed at an especially fragile audience -- kids from broken homes who all too often blame themselves."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"The performances of both adults and youngsters are uniformly strong and, despite the occasional invasion of sentimentality, this makes for thoughtful entertainment."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"Between the laughs beats a serious theme about the real victims in families pulled apart by lack of intimacy and the threat of divorce."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"It seems that in bad comedies children always know better than their parents, and House Arrest plays out that tired premise for nearly two hours."
‑ Carole Glines, Boxoffice Magazine
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