Housesitter (1992)

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HousesitterNewton Davis (Steve Martin), an architect, and Gwen Phillips (Goldie Hawn), a waitress who is full of jokes. They meet in a restaurant where she works. After her shift, she again meets Newton outside of the restaurant. They end up in Gwen’s apartment that night. The following morning, Gwen finds no Newton, but only a restaurant’s napkin with Newton’s drawing of the house he has built. The house is for his girlfriend who has turned down his marriage proposal. Now, he cannot decide what to do with the house. Without his knowledge, Gwen goes to his hometown to find the house and live in it. Can you guess how Newton will react when he finds out about this?

Some people might find the storyline simple and predictable. I tell you that the script and direction are awesome that you think you know what will happen next, but no. My ghost instinct can easily peep into the minds of the writer and director, but they are just too good in keeping the surprises and exposing them at the right moment. Plus, the natural funny ways of Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn as actors are at their best. The supporting actors are also awesome. I like the character of Newton’s father. Oh, he is a darling!

The impromptu make-up stories of Gwen are creative and effective. They are simple when simplicity is needed. They are unbelievable when a certain amount of awe is called for. These remind me of myself. How often and how clearly I show myself to a person depends on how much I want to scare him or her. Haha! But kidding aside, the intertwining of the scenes and dialogues in the movie is well-planned. It keeps the viewers, like me, to want to draw the curtain a little more so they can already see what is going to happen next. It is like I want the excitement but I kill at once by knowing the next scene. If that even makes sense to live people like you. It does make sense to ghosts like me. Go ahead and find out if you do what I do about exciting scenes. Then, you can conclude whether you are alive or a ghost like me.

Housesitter (1992)
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