Remember House Arrest? Of course you do. Everyone does. Kevin Pollack and Jamie Lee Curtis made an excellent comic couple, especially after getting kidnapped by their children. That sort of thing makes an impression.
There are definitely shades of that movie in Family Weekend, although it doesn’t look like the method catches on with the rest of the neighborhood children here. The film stars Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Modine as crappy parents, and even if it has a similar blueprint (they get kidnapped by their children), the tone absolutely feels different. At least from the trailer.
The script comes from Matt K. Turner, whose only other credit (for story on a home invasion thriller called The Truth) might be telling here. Guy is really into taking hostages. At least in Family Weekend, there’s a pint-sized homage to A Clockwork Orange. Call me easy, but that’s enough to sell it.
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