House Arrest

1 h 49 min1996X-RayPG
A group of children, desperate to keep their various parents from getting divorces, kidnap and imprison them all in a basement in order to force them to reconcile.
Harry Winer
Jamie Lee CurtisKevin PollakJennifer Tilly
English [CC]
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Christopher McDonaldSheila McCarthyWallace ShawnCaroline AaronMooky ArizonaRussel HarperJennifer Love HewittAmy SakasitzKyle HowardRay Walston
Judith A. PoloneHarry Winer
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

364 global ratings

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Andrew "Big Ugly' HaleReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Cute, endearing, relatable.
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This really was a cute movie with some endearing moments. The bullied kid gains the respect of the aggressor through his initiative. He then gains even more respect by standing up to the aggressor. The bully and the bullier become a team.

The film shows that kids are more intuitive to their parents grievances against each other than we give them credit for. From impending divorce, to secret affairs, to over-bearing spouses, to drifting relationships, etc. While most of the kids want their parents to work out their problems, being so torn about it as to lock them in a basement together and work it out, one kid doesn't have this concern. Her concern is with her mom not being her mom, but being her peer. She wants a mom to discipline her, to advise her, to guide her, to stop trying to hang out with her.

I can remember some extreme moments (too often unfortunately) where I wanted to lock my parents away and make them work out their issues. But you cannot. Only in a movie. In the end, whether divorced or reconciled, the kids didn't fail. So is life, I'm afraid. But let us never think our children aren't effected by our grievances, nor inspired by our affections.
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SitcomsGuru93Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie, but this is not worth the price people are selling it for.
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"House Arrest" is about two siblings who decide to lock their parents in the basement in order to make them rekindle their love, amidst the announcement of their separation. It's all fun and games until their friends get the same idea and lock all the parents in their basement. Now the kids rule the house while the parents are grounded.
The family-comedy stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Pollak with Kyle Howard, Christopher MacDonald. and Jennifer Tilly.

After a reframed 1.33:1 release by Warner Home Video through HBO Video, Paramount has released a satisfying version of this film. Framed in its original 1.85:1 production aspect ratio and the video quality for the most part is good,. It is obvious the film print used here is sourced from the HD Video-on-Demand copies. Hence the Paramount Pictures logo appearing before the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures logo, and at the end of the film itself. There are no special features on this disc at all, not even the theatrical trailer is intact here.

Rent it (unless you are a fan of this movie or Rysher Entertainment itself)
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Saved by Grace!!!Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Watch it!!!
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No "F" bombs. No "God d***" bombs. No nudity... Not even partial nudity. No drug abuse. No sexual deviancy. No foul mouthed thugs. No foul mouthed police, soldiers, politicians, or bureaucrats. Just a fun and entertaining movie, with a great message, that the whole family can enjoy together.
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Kent MeltesenReviewed in the United States on July 16, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kidnapping Parents
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I thought for what the children had done to their parents by trying to have them to be happy again; as well for each and everyone of the whole family to be able to get along with them all forever. It was a great movie to see and how the children were able to see them through the camera's by tv to talk to each one of them to find out what they liked about each other; meaning the parents. Awesome!!!!
Paula SchafferReviewed in the United States on April 14, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
So good to watch it again
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I finally got to show this to my son's. I was trying tell them about it and they enjoyed watching it
Ikarus S.Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Kids Locking up parents
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A great movie I didn't see when I was a kid. Yet, while it contains many of them (even a young Jennifer Love Hewitt), it is more a Teen or Adult movie. Star packed cast, and a good story line about Children being sick of their parents thinking about the big D-word. As a final solution they lock their parents up, to attempt to rescue their relationships. As a side effect the kids (who didn't like each other before) become best friends. Funny, yet serious. I think Macaulay Culkin should have watched this movie...where is that bugger anyways these days?
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Serena CastilloReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I just love watching the movie It’s good for the whole family
Arien W.Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
90's 4eva
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What kid doesn't want to lock up there parents? Such a great movie. Loaded with actors both young and old. A good storyline that you can watch with the kids. It's a fun movie that will keep the whole family laughing. Def one for your collection!
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