Career firefighter Cathkart (Danny DeVito) and his wife (Katey Sagal) are ready to embrace their golden years, but push comes to shove when the only way to reclaim the nest from their slacker sons Elliot (Ryan Hansen) and Quinn (Skyler Stone) is to move out first. Left holding the keys, the fumbling couch potatoes get a crash course in suburban reality as the bills multiply and their newly founded lemonade stand goes belly-up.
Rating: 3 out of 10
I am so disappointed in Danny DeVito. I sound like his overbearing mother in the classic comedy “Throw Momma From the Train,” but this film is far below DeVito’s talent and sensibilities.
DeVito has been a stand out from his early work in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” to television’s Taxi and as a director of such films as “The War of the Roses” and “Death to Smoochie.” As a producer, he was nominated for best picture for “Erin Brockovich” and holds Emmys and Golden Globes. So why “Housebroken” — a dopey movie full of prat falls and bad acting, even by DeVito?
This is a typical movie about parents trying to ditch their kids who have never grown up and moved out. The description doesn’t sounds great, but I thought DeVito could pull this one out. Instead, it’s a boring, dumb “comedy” full of farting and stereotypes.