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House Arrest

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Cursing, sex in unremarkable Indian romcom.

Movie NR 2019 104 minutes
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This film starts off with an interesting and timely concept but fizzles out. The lead character, Karan, has opted to live his life completely within the confines of his apartment, avoiding social interaction in pursuit of peace and tranquility. Aside from receiving food deliveries, conducting his business online, and talking on the phone with his best friend, Karan has cut himself off from the world even while living in a large city. It's an interesting premise for a romcom, but the premise of House Arrest ultimately gets short-circuited by resorting to the cliches of romcom stock characters and ludicrous but not-funny side stories.

This premise is also ultimately constrained by its limitations. While the apartment is an incredible testament to the glories of interior design done right, it overshadows the lead character's focus on living a hermetic lifestyle. And while the movie tries to counterbalance the dragging narrative with the lead character's lecherous best friend and something involving a screaming man kept taped and bubble-wrapped inside a small box (who somehow doesn't die of suffocation), none of this really overcomes the limitations of a man living more or less in solitary confinement.

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