Remember when there weren't so many summer blockbusters around, that seeing a good kid's movie wasn't something you'd watch with a grain of salt? The times when with the exception of some movies like The Terminator, things were just simple and meant to make you feel good? This movie does just that.
Featuring many familiar and young faces, House Arrest has a conflict at the start that may upset some. The Bindorf's have a family that is starting to separate, and their kids, Grover and Stacy, are heartbroken. Their parents are fighting and disagreeing too much, and not wanting to have to lose one of them, Grover redecorates the basement to remind his parents of their Hawaii honnuka, and then leaves them down there with the door nailed shut. Soon, some of Grover's friends find out about his stunt and like the idea of sending their parents to their rooms too, so three different families bring their parents down to the basement too. Everyone sees this as an opportunity to goof off without being told how many Gummi Worms they can eat, but Grover wants them to do what he originally wanted. Meanwhile, the parents get some time to talk about their lives while the local elder, neighbour, and former police officer is getting suspicions.
After a long line of comedies and dramas and romances that just don't work and resort to lame jokes about body functions or something almost always loses me. It's nice to finally see the kids in charge. If anything, I think it's a good movie to get little kids ready for some more grown-up comedies. The best idea that it gets is how Grover is able to meet his crush and make friends with a long tormenting bully. It may be a bit juvenile at first, but I laughed at most of it, especially the slapstick of booby-traps on the outside and a little comment to people about champagne.