History Film / Houseguest

5th Oct '14 11:16:07 AM Conrail16
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The basic premise of the film is this: [[{{con man}} Kevin Franklin]], an unsuccessful 35-year-old man in living in UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}, tries to pull of a get-rich-quick scheme, using borrowed money from the mob to do so. Like all his other plans, it flops, so he tries to run for it when the mobsters come back for him. They catch up with him at the airport, whereupon he hears a man talking to his kids. The man, [[{{straight man}} Gary Young]], is waiting for his childhood friend [[{{stop having fun guys}} Derek Bond]], to visit him for the first time in 25 years. Young remarks that he doesn't know what Bond looks like now, except that he's black and in his thirties. Naturally, Franklin decides to pose as Bond and ends up spending a long weekend with them as their houseguest. All the while, he's trying to avoid the dim-witted mobsters sent after him while trying figure out exactly who he's supposed to be an impostor of in the first place. HilarityEnsues, as you've probably guessed.

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The basic premise of the film is this: [[{{con man}} Kevin Franklin]], Franklin]] (Sinbad), an unsuccessful 35-year-old man in living in UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}, tries to pull of a get-rich-quick scheme, using borrowed money from the mob to do so. Like all his other plans, it flops, so he tries to run for it when the mobsters come back for him. They catch up with him at the airport, whereupon he hears a man talking to his kids. The man, [[{{straight man}} Gary Young]], Young]] (Hartman), is waiting for his childhood friend [[{{stop having fun guys}} Derek Bond]], to visit him for the first time in 25 years. Young remarks that he doesn't know what Bond looks like now, except that he's black and in his thirties. Naturally, Franklin decides to pose as Bond and ends up spending a long weekend with them as their houseguest. All the while, he's trying to avoid the dim-witted mobsters sent after him while trying figure out exactly who he's supposed to be an impostor of in the first place. HilarityEnsues, as you've probably guessed.
16th May '14 1:35:56 PM Cindylover1969
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Houseguest is a 1995 comedy starring Sinbad and Creator/PhilHartman.

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Houseguest is a 1995 comedy starring Sinbad and Creator/PhilHartman.
Creator/PhilHartman (in his only leading role).
9th May '14 10:18:45 AM Conrail16
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The basic premise of the film is this: [[{{con man}} Kevin Franklin]], an unsuccessful 35-year-old man in living in UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}, tries to pull of a get-rich-quick scheme, using borrowing money from the mob to do so. Like all his other plans, it flops, so he tries to run for it when the mobsters come back for him. They catch up with him at the airport, whereupon he hears a man talking to his kids. The man ([[{{straight man}} Gary Young]]), is waiting for his childhood friend, [[{{stop having fun guys}} Derek Bond]], to visit him for the first time in 25 years. Young remarks that he doesn't know what Bond looks like now, except that he's black and in his thirties. Naturally, Franklin decides to pose as Bond and ends up spending a long weekend with them as their houseguest. All the while, he's trying to avoid the dim-witted mobsters sent after him while trying figure out exactly who he's supposed to be an impostor of in the first place. HilarityEnsues, as you've probably guessed.

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The basic premise of the film is this: [[{{con man}} Kevin Franklin]], an unsuccessful 35-year-old man in living in UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}, tries to pull of a get-rich-quick scheme, using borrowing borrowed money from the mob to do so. Like all his other plans, it flops, so he tries to run for it when the mobsters come back for him. They catch up with him at the airport, whereupon he hears a man talking to his kids. The man ([[{{straight man, [[{{straight man}} Gary Young]]), Young]], is waiting for his childhood friend, friend [[{{stop having fun guys}} Derek Bond]], to visit him for the first time in 25 years. Young remarks that he doesn't know what Bond looks like now, except that he's black and in his thirties. Naturally, Franklin decides to pose as Bond and ends up spending a long weekend with them as their houseguest. All the while, he's trying to avoid the dim-witted mobsters sent after him while trying figure out exactly who he's supposed to be an impostor of in the first place. HilarityEnsues, as you've probably guessed.
9th May '14 10:14:36 AM Conrail16
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* ButtMonkey: Bond. Sure, he's kind of a jerk, but all he wanted to do was visit his childhood friend. And yet in his ten minutes of screen time, he gets beaten up, kidnapped, and [[{{Arson Murder And Jaywalking}} called ugly]]
* {{Dissimile}}: Kevin compares himself to Poseidon at once point. [[{{Black Best Friend}} Larry]] responds that Poseidon is exactly like Kevin except that "he's white, he's Greek, and he's a god"
* DrivesLikeCrazy: A lot of characters, but Kevin's terrible driving skills deserve special mention

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* ButtMonkey: Bond. Sure, he's kind of a jerk, but all he wanted to do was visit his childhood friend. And yet in his ten minutes of screen time, he gets beaten up, kidnapped, and [[{{Arson Murder And Jaywalking}} called ugly]]
ugly]].
* {{Dissimile}}: Kevin compares himself to Poseidon at once point. [[{{Black Best Friend}} Larry]] responds that Poseidon is exactly like Kevin except that "he's white, he's Greek, and he's a god"
god".
* DrivesLikeCrazy: A lot of characters, but Kevin's terrible driving skills deserve special mentionmention.
* TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily: Could the mobsters possibly be any stupider? Even the mob boss calls them out on their incompetence after they repeatedly fail to capture Franklin.


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* TrappedByGamblingDebts: Not gambling per se, but Kevin's debt to the mob is what drives the plot.
19th Dec '12 7:32:22 PM Antwan
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Houseguest is a 1995 comedy starring Sinbad and [[{{Phil Hartman}} Phil Hartman]].

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Houseguest is a 1995 comedy starring Sinbad and [[{{Phil Hartman}} Phil Hartman]].
Creator/PhilHartman.




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* ProductPlacement: McDonalds paid to be in the movie as Kevin's favorite place to eat (which causes issues when he finds out that Bond is a strict vegetarian). Since there's not a McDonalds in Sewickely, PA (where the movie is set and this troper grew up), they actually dressed up a bagel shop as one just for this movie.

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* ProductPlacement: McDonalds [=McDonalds=] paid to be in the movie as Kevin's favorite place to eat (which causes issues when he finds out that Bond is a strict vegetarian). Since there's not a McDonalds [=McDonalds=] in Sewickely, PA (where the movie is set and this troper grew up), set), they actually dressed up a bagel shop as one just for this movie.
8th Aug '12 1:25:30 PM MarkLungo
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* ProductPlacement: [[{{McDonalds}} McDonald's]] paid to be in the movie as Kevin's favorite place to eat (which causes issues when he finds out that Bond is a strict vegetarian). Since there's not a McDonalds in Sewickely, PA (where the movie is set and this troper grew up), they actually dressed up a bagel shop as one just for this movie
* RunningGag: Kevin can't park to save his life. Even at the end of the movie when he becomes rich and drives a nice car, he still can't park it without pushing aside adjacent cars

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* ProductPlacement: [[{{McDonalds}} McDonald's]] McDonalds paid to be in the movie as Kevin's favorite place to eat (which causes issues when he finds out that Bond is a strict vegetarian). Since there's not a McDonalds in Sewickely, PA (where the movie is set and this troper grew up), they actually dressed up a bagel shop as one just for this movie
movie.
* RunningGag: Kevin can't park to save his life. Even at the end of the movie when he becomes rich and drives a nice car, he still can't park it without pushing aside adjacent carscars.
8th Aug '12 1:24:47 PM MarkLungo
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* TwoFirstNames: Kevin Franklin

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* TwoFirstNames: Kevin FranklinFranklin.
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8th Aug '12 1:24:31 PM MarkLungo
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The basic premise of the film is this: [[{{con man}} Kevin Franklin]], an unsuccessful 35-year-old man in living in {{Pittsburgh}}, tries to pull of a get-rich-quick scheme, using borrowing money from the mob to do so. Like all his other plans, it flops, so he tries to run for it when the mobsters come back for him. They catch up with him at the airport, whereupon he hears a man talking to his kids. The man ([[{{straight man}} Gary Young]]), is waiting for his childhood friend, [[{{stop having fun guys}} Derek Bond]], to visit him for the first time in 25 years. Young remarks that he doesn't know what Bond looks like now, except that he's black and in his thirties. Naturally, Franklin decides to pose as Bond and ends up spending a long weekend with them as their houseguest. All the while, he's trying to avoid the dim-witted mobsters sent after him while trying figure out exactly who he's supposed to be an impostor of in the first place. HilarityEnsues, as you've probably guessed.

!!Tropes in this film include:

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The basic premise of the film is this: [[{{con man}} Kevin Franklin]], an unsuccessful 35-year-old man in living in {{Pittsburgh}}, UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}, tries to pull of a get-rich-quick scheme, using borrowing money from the mob to do so. Like all his other plans, it flops, so he tries to run for it when the mobsters come back for him. They catch up with him at the airport, whereupon he hears a man talking to his kids. The man ([[{{straight man}} Gary Young]]), is waiting for his childhood friend, [[{{stop having fun guys}} Derek Bond]], to visit him for the first time in 25 years. Young remarks that he doesn't know what Bond looks like now, except that he's black and in his thirties. Naturally, Franklin decides to pose as Bond and ends up spending a long weekend with them as their houseguest. All the while, he's trying to avoid the dim-witted mobsters sent after him while trying figure out exactly who he's supposed to be an impostor of in the first place. HilarityEnsues, as you've probably guessed.

!!Tropes in this film include:
!!Tropes:
27th Apr '12 9:15:14 PM Conrail16
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The basic premise of the film is this: [[{{con man}} Kevin Franklin]], an unsuccessful 35-year-old man in living in Pittsburgh, tries to pull of a get-rich-quick scheme, using borrowing money from the mob to do so. Like all his other plans, it flops, so he tries to run for it when the mobsters come back for him. They catch up with him at the airport, whereupon he hears a man talking to his kids. The man ([[{{straight man}} Gary Young]]), is waiting for his childhood friend, [[{{stop having fun guys}} Derek Bond]], to visit him for the first time in 25 years. Young remarks that he doesn't know what Bond looks like now, except that he's black and in his thirties. Naturally, Franklin decides to pose as Bond and ends up spending a long weekend with them as their houseguest. All the while, he's trying to avoid the dim-witted mobsters sent after him while trying figure out exactly who he's supposed to be an impostor of in the first place. HilarityEnsues, as you've probably guessed.

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The basic premise of the film is this: [[{{con man}} Kevin Franklin]], an unsuccessful 35-year-old man in living in Pittsburgh, {{Pittsburgh}}, tries to pull of a get-rich-quick scheme, using borrowing money from the mob to do so. Like all his other plans, it flops, so he tries to run for it when the mobsters come back for him. They catch up with him at the airport, whereupon he hears a man talking to his kids. The man ([[{{straight man}} Gary Young]]), is waiting for his childhood friend, [[{{stop having fun guys}} Derek Bond]], to visit him for the first time in 25 years. Young remarks that he doesn't know what Bond looks like now, except that he's black and in his thirties. Naturally, Franklin decides to pose as Bond and ends up spending a long weekend with them as their houseguest. All the while, he's trying to avoid the dim-witted mobsters sent after him while trying figure out exactly who he's supposed to be an impostor of in the first place. HilarityEnsues, as you've probably guessed.
27th Apr '12 9:14:17 PM Conrail16
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The basic premise of the film is this: [[{{conman}} Kevin Franklin]], an unsuccessful 35-year-old man in living in Pittsburgh, tries to pull of a get-rich-quick scheme, using borrowing money from the mob to do so. Like all his other plans, it flops, so he tries to run for it when the mobsters come back for him. They catch up with him at the airport, whereupon he hears a man talking to his kids. The man ([[{{straightman}} Gary Young]]), is waiting for his childhood friend, [[{{stophavingfunguys}} Derek Bond]], to visit him for the first time in 25 years. Young remarks that he doesn't know what Bond looks like now, except that he's black and in his thirties. Naturally, Franklin decides to pose as Bond and ends up spending a long weekend with them as their houseguest. All the while, he's trying to avoid the dim-witted mobsters sent after him while trying figure out exactly who he's supposed to be an impostor of in the first place. HilarityEnsues, as you've probably guessed.

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The basic premise of the film is this: [[{{conman}} [[{{con man}} Kevin Franklin]], an unsuccessful 35-year-old man in living in Pittsburgh, tries to pull of a get-rich-quick scheme, using borrowing money from the mob to do so. Like all his other plans, it flops, so he tries to run for it when the mobsters come back for him. They catch up with him at the airport, whereupon he hears a man talking to his kids. The man ([[{{straightman}} ([[{{straight man}} Gary Young]]), is waiting for his childhood friend, [[{{stophavingfunguys}} [[{{stop having fun guys}} Derek Bond]], to visit him for the first time in 25 years. Young remarks that he doesn't know what Bond looks like now, except that he's black and in his thirties. Naturally, Franklin decides to pose as Bond and ends up spending a long weekend with them as their houseguest. All the while, he's trying to avoid the dim-witted mobsters sent after him while trying figure out exactly who he's supposed to be an impostor of in the first place. HilarityEnsues, as you've probably guessed.



* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Gary's boss, who at first just seems arrogant, but then is quickly revealed to have almost no morals (eg trying to get Gary to spy on his own wife's yogurt business to figure out how to destroy it)



* TwoFirstNames: Kevin Franklin
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Gary's boss, who at first just seems arrogant, but then is quickly revealed to have almost no morals (eg trying to get Gary to spy on his own wife's yogurt business to figure out how to destroy it)

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* TwoFirstNames: Kevin Franklin
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Gary's boss, who at first just seems arrogant, but then is quickly revealed to have almost no morals (eg trying to get Gary to spy on his own wife's yogurt business to figure out how to destroy it)
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