July 14, 1992 -- ``Housesitter'' is a pleasant summer diversion, a screwball comedy with a heart.
The Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn vehicle is pretty thin and more than a few plot screws fall out during its bumpy romantic journey. It has to do with a guy, Martin, who gets involved with a pathological liar, Hawn, who pretends to be his wife while taking over his vacant home he had built for his former love.
Martin decides he will go along with the fantasy world Hawn has built up, hoping to win back the woman he loves. Talk about thin. Pretty soon the lies get bigger and bigger and both characters start losing sight of the truth. The ending is a predictable Hollywood cliche.
There are quite a surprising number of laughs in the film. Both Martin and Hawn do a fine job with their roles and of course, both are very likable. I am told by reliable sources that this film is quite a bit better than a previous Martin film, ``Father of the Bride,'' but I did not see it.
This is no work of art, but it is not bad for a summer film. It rates a C.
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