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Grover and his young sister Stacy decide to lock their parents in the basement until they decide that they are not going to get a divorce. Eventually three other sets of neighbor kids decide to bring their parents over to do the same thing.
Constructed out of cliches, thinly written characters, and fundamental misunderstandings of human nature, House Arrest is a dull (and borderline irresponsible) waste of a talented cast.
[A] predictable and sugarcoated (even criminally negligent) take on The Parent Trap.
One of the year's worst movies... at least I hope so, or it's going to be a very bad year.
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.
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.
A tepid and repetitious comedy.
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.
A headache of a movie with a Parent Trap premise that quickly devolves into clamorous farce.
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.
The performances of both adults and youngsters are uniformly strong and, despite the occasional invasion of sentimentality, this makes for thoughtful entertainment.
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