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Guest House

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

No laughs, lots of drugs, cursing, sex in stoner comedy.

Movie R 2020 84 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Really funny

This movie is funny I love it and the acting is great
age 15+

It’s fun funny action packed this is the bessst

Well my mom dad and I all watched it and we all love it we are huge comedy fiends so this movie is hilarious and genius stoner comedy and pauly shore is great in this

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

While literally no one expects a Pauly Shore movie like this to win any Oscars, one would hope that it would at least be funny, if only once. Somehow, Guest House fails to achieve even that low bar. It's not for lack of trying; the sheer crassness and boorish raunchiness make the post-Vacation National Lampoon movies seem as subtle and nuanced as Ingmar Bergman films by comparison. Joke after joke after joke falls flat. None of the characters are likable, even as they try to shoehorn in an ending that's somehow supposed to forgive the mass spiking of adult beverages with Molly at a wedding, among other obnoxious transgressions. Making a comedy with no funny moments would almost be an impressive feat, if the experience wasn't so excruciating.

This movie will probably be enjoyable for those who believe that the American Pie franchise wasn't quite gratuitous enough. For everyone else, this is just a dumb movie, and not dumb in a good or entertaining way. It can't even be enjoyed ironically. Ten minutes into the movie, the over-the-top drug and sex humor grows tiresome. Thirty minutes in, it becomes tedious. By the 45-minute mark, an existential crisis takes hold, wherein one questions the need for an "entertainment industry" when products like this makes the real-life drudgery of filing taxes or cleaning bathrooms an ecstatic joy by comparison.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: November 10, 2020
  • Cast: Pauly Shore , Aimee Teegarden , Mike Castle
  • Director: Sam Macaroni
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 84 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: Strong Crude Sexual Content, Drug Use, Language Throughout, Graphic Nudity
  • Last updated: April 7, 2023

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