House Arrest

 (247)5.81 h 48 min1996PG
A group of children, desperate to keep their various parents from getting divorces, kidnap them and hold them prisoner in a basement in order to force them to reconcile
Directors
Harry Winer
Starring
Jamie Lee CurtisKevin PollakJennifer Love Hewitt
Genres
AdventureComedyKids
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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Supporting actors
Herbert RusselKyle HowardColeen CampJeniffer TillyWallace Shawn
Producers
Judith A. PoloneHarry Winer
Studio
Paramount
Rating
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

247 global ratings

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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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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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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.
4 people found this helpful
Emily Curtis-SinkevichReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
My childhood now with the push of a button
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One of my fave 90's movies as the ultimate what if I could lock up my parents scenario.
2 people found this helpful
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!!!!
Alicia MooreReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gotta Love 90's Movie
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I love this movie! I first saw it when I was 10 now I have my kids watching it. Funny and corny. Perfect way for the kids in the movie to try to keep their parents together.
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Robert MacfarlaneReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun.
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This movie was good the first time around. Very entertaining the second time around. Though somewhat maudlin, still a good time.
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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