House Arrest
House Arrest (1996)

Kevin Pollak and Jamie Lee Curtis are a feuding couple locked in the basement by their kids in this high-concept, low-execution comedy whose audience unlike its characters will be free to leave.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 14, 1996
DVD 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.

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.