Jill Rachlin
December 11, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

HouseSitter

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Goldie Hawn, Steve Martin
director
Frank Oz
Producer
Brian Grazer
distributor
Universal
author
Brian Grazer
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B

In Housesitter, Newton Davis (Steve Martin) is a romantic architect trying to build a life for himself. He even proposes to his longtime love (Dana Delany) in front of the dream house he’s built for her, but he’s rebuffed on the grounds that their relationship lacks foundation. Then he meets a cute, free-spirited waitress (Goldie Hawn) who’s a compulsive liar. He inadvertently tells her about the empty house and soon discovers that she has moved in, posing as his wife. Needless to say, chaos — and reluctant romance — ensue. The manufactured mayhem gets farfetched and slightly tedious at times: For instance, why wouldn’t the architect’s parents simply call him at work when they discover this ”wife” living in his house? And why are there endless shots of Hawn’s jean-clad behind? Still, the comic chemistry between Martin and Hawn is strong enough to support this otherwise flimsy film. B

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