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Houseguest (1995)



Critic Consensus: Perplexingly unfunny given the involvement of its two hilarious leads, Houseguest wears out its welcome almost immediately.

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Sinbad offers some unusual advice on how to make friends in this wacky comedy. Kevin Franklin (Sinbad) is a guy who dreams of starting his own business. However, getting it off the ground is another matter altogether, and soon Kevin discovers that the two loan sharks who fronted him money want to be paid, and paid promptly, otherwise Kevin will be spending some time in the hospital. On the run through an airport, Kevin is trying to find a way out when he overhears Gary Young (Phil Hartman) wondering where his friend is. It seems that Gary has arranged a reunion with an old friend from childhood, but since he hasn't seen him in 25 years, he has no idea what he looks like today, beyond the fact that he's black. Kevin fits the bill that far and claims to be Gary's long lost buddy, which Gary buys hook, line, and sinker. Gary seems to enjoy bonding with his old friend, and Kevin likes staying at Gary's fine home (and raiding his large icebox), but Kevin discovers that impersonating a stranger is a lot more complicated than he expected after he's forced to perform oral surgery and give a speech at a grade school "Career Day" presentation. However, this is all small potatoes on the "oh, no" scale when the loan sharks track Kevin back to Gary's home in the suburbs.

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as Kevin Franklin
Phil Hartman
as Gary Young
Kim Greist
as Emily Young
Chaucey Leopardi
as Jason Young
Talia Seider
as Sarah Young
Kim Murphy
as Brooke Young
Tony Longo
as Joey Gasperini
Jeffrey Jones
as Ron Timmerman
Stan Shaw
as Larry the Tattoo Artist
Ron Glass
as Derek Bond
Kevin Jordan
as Steve `ST-3'
Patricia Fraser
as Nancy Pike
Don Brockett
as Happy Marcelli
Kevin West
as Vincent Montgomery
Kirk Baily
as Stuart the Manager
Valerie Long
as Sister Mary Winters
Jesse Rivera
as Little Kevin
B'nard Lewis
as 1st Local Guy
Janathan Floyd
as 2nd Local Guy
Vondria Bergen
as Ticket Saleswoman
Susan Richards
as Happy's Wife
Vickie Ross-Norris
as Woman in Red Dress
Chuck Aber
as Big Spin Host
Larry John Meyers
as Mr. Ichabod
Jody Savin
as Rosie the Caterer
Alex Coleman
as Tom Miller
Lee Cass
as Stern Man
Jan Eddy
as Biker
Marilyn Eastman
as Society Woman
John Hall
as Preppy Man
Lisa Davis
as Secretary
David Earle
as Security Guard
Bob Tracey
as Priest
Vicki Ross-Norris
as Woman in Red Dress
Harold Surratt
as Guy in Crowd
Tina Benko
as Waitress
William Cameron
as Jerry Jordan
Patti Lesniak
as Jane Jordan
Kate Young
as Michelle Castell
Mindy Reynolds
as Burger Counter Girl
Bingo O'Malley
as Ticket Vendor
Ron Newell
as Dr. Kraft
Alvin O. McCray
as Dental Student
Paul Ben-Victor
as Pauly Gasperini
Chauncey Leopardi
as Jason Young
Randall Miller
as Drunk at Party
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Critic Reviews for Houseguest

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

Sinbad is a genial soul and his goodwill remains untouched by the mostly amateurish Houseguest.

May 23, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Turns out to be an inane fish-out-of-water comedy. Along the way it turns into a virtual McDonald's commercial, too. The fact that you can hardly tell the difference is a good clue to the movie's bad-television flavor.

May 20, 2003

As good-natured as its big, beefy star, comedian Sinbad.

February 13, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Plot-wise, there's little here beyond a few insubstantial strands.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

In its worst moments, Houseguest becomes a struggle in which a very human comedian fights to project his personality over the director's technological muddle. But the good news is that Sinbad wins.

January 1, 2000

Comedy at its most formulaic.

August 12, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Houseguest

I remember that we had this movie on VHS and that I really liked watching it when I was younger. I remember it being very entertaining at the time. Sinbad stars as a con artist who is trying to hide from some mobsters. In an airport he gets mistakenly befriended by a geek lawyer who thinks he's a long lost childhood friend. He becomes a house gest and makes himself comfortable in the lawyer's home and really gets to know his family and neighbors. This movie is very funny and well suited to watch with your family, I know I loved to watch it back then.

Naughtia Nahazhina
Naughtia Nahazhina

Super Reviewer

HILARIOUS! In "Houseguest," Kevin Franklin (Sinbad) stars as a houseguest that wasn't supposed to be a houseguest. Kevin is in trouble with a few people and they threaten to kill him if he doesn't give them $50,000 the next day. Kevin ends up pretending to be a long lost friend of Gary (Phil Hartman) and his family. Kevin is going to be a houseguest for awhile just so he can stay away from the madmen that he's in trouble with. But to be the family's houseguest, he has to pretend to be the REAL long lost friend of Gary, and also pretend to be what Gary's real friend is known for, for being one of the best dentists there are. I don't see why "Houseguest" isn't a lot more popular than it is, it's one of the funniest movies I've ever seen without a doubt, and I've seen a lot of great comedy movies. Sinbad provides most of the laughs with his crazy antics. I couldn't quit laughing at the part when Sinbad washes his hands with novacaine and he finds out that his hands are real numb while he's pretending to be a dentist. But that's far from being the only hilarious part of the movie. "Houseguest" is hilarious all the way from when he first becomes the houseguest at the beginning of the movie all the way to the song that talks about food in the credits after the movie. I recommend "Houseguest" to anybody who likes hilarious movies. Whether you like Sinbad or not, you should be able to enjoy this movie a lot. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

Sinbad plays a funny character that sneaks into a familes house to dodge some mobsters, posing as a long-time friend. The plot is predictable, it seems like its been done before, and its not really that orginal... But Sinbad and Hartman both play great roles that bring the movie to life. It actually turns out to be classicly funny and a great family film for all too see

Bobby Hobbs
Bobby Hobbs

Super Reviewer

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