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Housesitter

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HouseSitter

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
performer:
Goldie Hawn, Steve Martin
director:
Frank Oz
Producer:
Brian Grazer
distributor:
Universal
author:
Brian Grazer
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a B

In Housesitter, Newton Davis (Steve Martin) is a romantic architect trying to build a life for himself. He even proposes to his longtime love (Dana Delany) in front of the dream house he’s built for her, but he’s rebuffed on the grounds that their relationship lacks foundation. Then he meets a cute, free-spirited waitress (Goldie Hawn) who’s a compulsive liar. He inadvertently tells her about the empty house and soon discovers that she has moved in, posing as his wife. Needless to say, chaos — and reluctant romance — ensue. The manufactured mayhem gets farfetched and slightly tedious at times: For instance, why wouldn’t the architect’s parents simply call him at work when they discover this ”wife” living in his house? And why are there endless shots of Hawn’s jean-clad behind? Still, the comic chemistry between Martin and Hawn is strong enough to support this otherwise flimsy film. B

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