HouseSitter, a tediously unfunny screwball comedy, is a career misstep for both Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. Hawn is grating as the kind of giggly flake she played two decades ago on Laugh-In, and Martin is more obnoxious than endearing as the architect whose life she invades.

HouseSitter, a tediously unfunny screwball comedy, is a career misstep for both Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. Hawn is grating as the kind of giggly flake she played two decades ago on Laugh-In, and Martin is more obnoxious than endearing as the architect whose life she invades.

Martin’s in love with wholesome Dana Delany, who lives in the quaint New England village of Dobbs Mill, but she deals him an emotional blow by refusing to marry him and move into the new architectural showcase he’s built out in the countryside.

Enter Hawn. After they have a one-night stand, she tracks him to the empty house. She moves in, telling everyone in town that she’s his new wife, and they believe her.

Frank Oz proves no wizard with his direction of this nonsense [from a screen story by scripter Mark Stein and producer Brian Grazer]. John A. Alonzo’s crisp, sunny lensing is about all that keeps the pic bearable to watch.

Housesitter

Production

Universal/Imagine. Dir Frank Oz; Producer Brian Grazer; Screenplay Mark Stein; Camera John A. Alonzo; Editor John Jympson; Music Miles Goodman Art Dir Ida Random

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1992. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Steve Martin Goldie Hawn Dana Delany Julie Harris Donald Moffat Peter MacNicol
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