‘HOUSESITTER’: ONE TYPICAL FUNNY 90s COMEDY MOVIE

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Oftentimes as I scroll through the streaming services, I feel as though I’ve seen virtually every movie under the sun. Or at least those I’m most curious about. Then I run across one I haven’t seen, and after checking whether it’s a good or raunchy kind of comedy, usually I hope it turns out to be fun versus a dud.

Housesitter (1992) Film Review

Impulsive may be in his genes, but Davis (Steven Martin) cannot help himself. He’s in love and ready to say so to the girl he’s loved since ninth grade. So, Davis does what he does best and quite impulsively, he uses his architect skills to build a wonderfully modern house. Once that’s done, he proposes marriage to Becky (Dana Delany) expecting one answer only to get another.

Some three months later, and Davis is still something of a mopey mess. This inspires him to hit on a waitress working a party his firm is hosting. Things go a little upside down there after they end up at her apartment. He leaves before the morning and returns to his normal life never expecting to see her again. Only, when he arrives at the home he intended to share with Becky, instead he finds HER! You see, Gwen (Goldie Hawn) has been living in his house and telling some pretty tall tales about their life.

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‘HOUSESITTER’: ONE TYPICAL FUNNY 90s COMEDY MOVIE. Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn team up in this funny comedy! All text is © Rissi JC

This is one of those kind of chaotic comedies that is sometimes just on the edge of being too much. However, I think most of the time, it reigns it in just enough so as never to lose it’s grip on reality and some pretty good comedy. The script is a little out there sometimes and when it is, it has a slapstick kind of element. However, mostly, it’s just a typical 90s comedy that’s kind of hard not to like.

This is especially true if you just surrender and let the film entertain. That’s the goal of Housesitter and though I don’t think it’s a very popular film (not like some of its era peers like Father of the Bride or While You Were Sleeping), it still has some of those same feelings. The movie is funny and has a good cast. Plus, it’s just always cool to see some of the early roles of stars like Dana Delany (who I saw in the now cancelled ABC drama Body of Proof) or to see Kate Hudson’s mother in roles similar to what Kate plays during my teen years.

It may just be something I enjoy and the masses don’t, but I did get some good laughs from this film. There’s all sorts of mistaken impressions and second chances, which can be hectic, but it works with the character of Gwen. If you don’t like movies that make liars of their characters, you won’t like this one, but if you enjoy 90s comedy, you may want to give this one a chance.

You can find Housesitter (at publication) on Hulu.

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‘HOUSESITTER’: ONE TYPICAL FUNNY 90s COMEDY MOVIE. Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn team up in this funny comedy! All text is © Rissi JC

Content: there’s some profanity (GD, sh*t, etc.). Characters lie (throughout) to keep up a specific appearance. There’s social drinking and it’s implied two people have sex. There’s another awkward almost sex scene [he touches her clothed body/breasts, and on the floor, unbuttons her blouse before it ends]. The film is PG.

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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