What You Need To Know:
(H, L, S, A, M) Situational ethics -- mild relativism; 5 obscenities, 4 profanities & 6 vulgarities; implied fornication between teenagers; drunkenness; and, gambling.
In HOUSEGUEST, Sinbad plays a grown-up orphan who still clings to his childhood dreams of striking it rich and proving his nay-sayers wrong. Unfazed by a depressing history of get-rich-quick failures, he maintains that his big payday is just around the corner. On the run from loan sharks, Sinbad is rescued when Phil Hartman mistakes him for an old school friend in town for the weekend and takes him home to his family. For safety sake, Sinbad must keep up the masquerade and feign expertise in dentistry, golf and wine tasting. You can imagine the comic possibilities.
HOUSEGUEST leaves no room for doubt that the movie STARS Sinbad. Sometimes difficult to tell whether he is acting or just being himself, Sinbad and the situations he creates are genuinely funny, and the movie’s storyline and supporting characters come to life in his presence. What HOUSEGUEST fails to deliver is consistent morality, portraying teenage sex and rebellion as natural and acceptable. Also, though Sinbad feels remorse for his dishonesty, his behavior changes little, implying it is acceptable because he knows his limits and is cool enough to handle it. While the movie does portray his behavior as unacceptable for others, the inevitable hypocrisy detracts from an otherwise enjoyable movie.