House Arrest
House Arrest (1996)

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.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 2, 2002
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Critic Score: 10% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 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.

Erin Richter
Entertainment Weekly

[A] predictable and sugarcoated (even criminally negligent) take on The Parent Trap.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

One of the year's worst movies... at least I hope so, or it's going to be a very bad year.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

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.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

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.

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Joe Leydon

A tepid and repetitious comedy.

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People Magazine

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.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A headache of a movie with a Parent Trap premise that quickly devolves into clamorous farce.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

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.

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John Ferguson
Radio Times

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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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
"Kids lock up parents": Terrible spoiled children. Terrible written screenplay.
Sunil Jawahir
Has some nice moments but was one of many mediocre movies around that time about parents splitting up.
Dean McKenna
This mean-spirited comedy only has very few laughs about the soon-to-be divorced couple's kids who decide to keep the parents locked in the basement for… More
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Joseph Eastmond
I Think after a while, you see it's failed Attempt at a big blockbuster,and It's major Flaws.
Sarah Prisbylla
A past childhood favorite and a guilty pleasure of today.