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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Mini Retro Review: Houseguest (1995) #badmovies


A rehash of the plot from 1992's Housesitter with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn, Houseguest sees comedians Sinbad and Phil Hartman, with Sinbad trying to carve out a name for himself in the comedy film world, post-A Different World and Hartman, who has been a regular on The Simpsons. A con artist is on the run from the mob, moves in with a new family and passing himself off as the childhood friend of the dad & lawyer played by Hartman. Houseguest, unfortunately, fails to maintain the laughs and at almost 2 hrs long, the plot is overstretched and it isn't long until boredom sets in. Sinbad and Hartman make for a somewhat interesting comic duo, but the weak material and uninspired and lacking direction by Randall Miller succumbs their efforts, as well as this comedy. In Hartman, he showed glimpses of being a capable comedic actor, despite being second-billed. Both of them later reunited in Brian Levant's festive comedy, Jingle All The Way starring Arnold Schwarzenneger, which not only became a huge box office hit but even with the poor reviews, it had far more charm than Houseguest. Yes, this didn't do well when it came out, but in watching this film, for me, this one just wasn't funny enough.

Is It Worth Watching?

Unfortunately not


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