With the divorce rate soaring ever higher in this fickle world of ours, it’s surprising that more studios haven’t exploited every latchkey kid’s fantasy of fixing their parents’ broken marriage. There’s always a place in advertising for luring kids from dysfunctional homes into a fantasy world where all their life’s problems can be solved via sound planning and some clever booby traps.
I guess the creators of House Arrest saw The Parent Trap so many moons ago and decided to blatantly rip it off. In the Parent Trap, twin sisters engaged in some romantic maneuvering to trick their estranged parents into falling back in love with each other. In the 90s, that kind of subtle sneakiness would’ve bored the audience to tears, so House Arrest decided to forego the logic and move straight into kidnapping and forced couples therapy.