Erin Richter
February 21, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

House Arrest

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Pollak
genre
Comedy

We gave it a D-

If only life could be as simple as this predictable and sugarcoated (even criminally negligent) take on The Parent Trap. In an unintentional salute to Darwinism, a gawky teen (Kyle Howard) — tormented by the school bully, overlooked by the class babe (Party of Five‘s Jennifer Love Hewitt) — and his lisping little sister (Amy Sakasitz) imprison their parents (Curtis and Pollak) in the basement after hearing they plan to separate. Recognizing the obvious logic at work, their friends (including the bully and the babe) bring over their own troubled parents for some forced group therapy amid surveillance equipment, cemented windows, and a booby-trapped yard. Anyone who doesn’t already know how House Arrest ends deserves to rent it.

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