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(2003) (Ashton Kutcher, Tara Reid) (PG-13)

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Comedy: After mistakenly agreeing to house-sit for his tyrannical boss, a young executive tries to keep things from spiraling out of control, all while hoping to get to know his boss's comely daughter.
Tom Stansfield (ASHTON KUTCHER) works as a researcher at the publishing house run by the tyrannical Jack Taylor (TERENCE STAMP) who isn't above firing people, such as his assistant, Audrey Bennett (MOLLY SHANNON), for something as simple as making a bad cup of coffee. Accordingly, Tom is nervous to approach his boss about an opening in the creative department, let alone ask out his daughter, Lisa (TARA REID), who also works there.

Tom thinks he gets a break, however, when Lisa appears to invite him to a party with her. It turns out she wants him to house-sit Jack's house so that she can go out with her boyfriend, Hans (KENAN THOMPSON). Tom only learns this when he gets to the house and Jack lays out the ground rules. They basically consist of feeding and tending to Jack's pet owl, O.J., and that he'll kill Tom should anything happen to the house while he's watching it.

Tom thinks that's no big deal, but once Jack and Lisa are gone, Lisa's brother, Red (ANDY RICHTER), shows up. He wants Tom to deliver a package to T.J. (MICHAEL MADSEN) when he arrives. Little does Tom know that the thug expects that to be drugs, or that Audrey and her friends, including Speed (DAVID KOECHNER) and Tina (CARMEN ELECTRA), will show up.

As things progressively get out of control and he worries about keeping his job should something bad happen, Tom tries to let Lisa know how he feels about her, all while dealing with her boyfriend, Hans (KENAN KOECHNER), a young woman with a bad head wound, Julie (EVER CARRADINE), and the ever-growing chaos that develops in the house.

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  • ASHTON KUTCHER plays a young executive who finds his life and possible career turned upside down when he unknowingly agrees to house-sit for his tyrannical boss. While getting to know that man's daughter, he tries to prevent things from spirally out of control in the house. He uses some profanity and briefly drinks.
  • TARA REID plays the girl of his dreams who just so happens to be his boss's daughter. She does a brief and partial striptease for Tom while thinking he's gay.
  • MOLLY SHANNON plays Tom's former coworker who was fired and then shows up at their boss's house. She invites her friends there and proceeds to take over the house.
  • TERENCE STAMP plays their demanding, demeaning and tyrannical boss who fires people at the drop of a hat. He briefly uses some profanity.
  • ANDY RICHTER plays his troubled son who has some drug-related dealings with a thug.
  • MICHAEL MADSEN plays a thug who wants his drugs from Red and ends up trashing part of the house while looking for them and dealing with Tom. He urinates in the living room, uses profanity and drinks.
  • DAVID KOECHNER plays Audrey's friend who assists her in crashing her boss's house and drinks.
  • CARMEN ELECTRA plays another of Audrey's friends who does the same.
  • KENAN THOMPSON plays Lisa's emotional boyfriend who cheated on her.
  • EVER CARRADINE plays a young woman with a bad head wound who wants to go out with Tom, thinking he's her blind date.


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    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this comedy that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 1 "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also used. Sexually related dialogue and various forms of attempted humor are present, including some gay related material and innuendo.

    Two men's bare butts are seen in a nonsexual moment, a woman is seen in a clingy, tight and wet t-shirt, a drawing shows a bare-breasted woman, and other women are seen in revealing attire. A man gropes two women's clothed breasts, arousing one. Various forms of imitative behavior are present, including urinating in and on many things in a living room. Other crude humor involves a character with a bloody head wound.

    Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, while the film comes off the same way regarding its source material (including talk of a previous attempted rape, a suicide attempt, a blind and paralyzed man, blacks, Jews and more) used for intended comedy.

    Violence includes various bits of slapstick style material, while people threaten others with guns and a switchblade and some striking or roughing up of others is present. One character is presumably killed by a combination of drugs and booze (but is later okay), while an owl reacts to drinking cocaine-tainted water. Others drink and/or smoke.

    If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

  • Audrey asks Tom if there's any beer in Jack's place. She then drinks a beer, as does her boyfriend.
  • People drink at a party.
  • Lisa pours wine for Tom and herself and we later see them with some again.
  • T.J. complains that Red gave him a bag of flour instead of cocaine.
  • Tom tells Hans, "Let's get you a drink." Both then have beer.
  • Audrey gives Tom some pills (from Speed) to give to T.J. to knock him out. We then see T.J. having some whiskey, and after Tom says he'll have some bourbon, Tom distracts T.J. so that he can put the pill's contents into T.J.'s whiskey. That makes him woozy and he then stumbles about before passing out and then having severe convulsions from the combination (all played for laughs).
  • Red has a beer.
  • Audrey gathers up many empty beer bottles in Jack's kitchen.
  • We hear that an owl consumed some cocaine-tainted water (and then see it doing so again). We then see it having a flashback (represented via a distorted image on the screen).
  • Crude humor includes the following:
  • Jack tells Tom that he'll have to give two pieces of medication to his pet owl, one orally, one rectally (but we never see that occur).
  • Lisa tells Tom that it's okay if he has to "take a crap" (he doesn't).
  • T.J. unzips his pants and proceeds to urinate all over the living room, including on the walls, furniture, in the fireplace and on Tom's pants leg (we see the urine stream many times, including when Tom has to duck beneath it). T.J. then uses a pillow to wipe off his crotch (we don't see any nudity). Moments later, Speed thinks that Tom's had an accident and tells him to try Kegel exercises (saying he's doing his right now). He then unzips his pants and proceeds to urinate in the living room as well.
  • Tom finds some medicine called "Rectacid" (to be used on one's butt for a skin condition).
  • We hear one of Jack's employees urinating and then see the urine hitting Jack's shoes.
  • We see blood on the large bandage wrapped around a woman's head (following some sort of accident that occurred before the film begins). As she goes to sit or lean against things in Jack's house, Tom races to put things behind her bloody head or get them (such as drapes) out of the way. As her head goes back against things, we hear squishy sounds and then see blood left on magazine pages that Tom placed behind her and a string of gooey blood from her head back to a window she was just leaning against. She also has Cheetos stuck to the back of her bloody head after unknowingly placing her head on a package of them.
  • We see more blood on the above girl's head bandage.
  • Jack repeats rumors he's supposedly heard about Tom wanting to date a midget so that he could rest his beer on her head.
  • Jack is a demanding, demeaning and tyrannical boss to his employees and fires people at the drop of a hat.
  • Jack asks Audrey, "Are you retarded?" and then says that that's not a rhetorical question.
  • Jack fires Audrey for making a bad cup of coffee.
  • Audrey crashes Tom's house-sitting and then invites friends over to party with her.
  • Audrey's boyfriend makes disparaging remarks about Tom being a Jew (although it doesn't appear he is). He also has a bad attitude toward her and we hear him slap her.
  • T.J. is a drug dealing thug who threatens others and tears up Jack's place while looking for the drugs that Red owes him (Red puts others in harm's way by hiding from this man).
  • Hans admits to cheating on Lisa by having sex with another woman.
  • A paralyzed man refers to himself as "crippled."
  • A man meanly kicks his blind relative's wheelchair and we then hear things getting knocked over.
  • The film uses blind and paralyzed people, gay people, black people, as well as those who've been in accidents, one who reports an earlier rape attempt (not in the film), a suicide attempt and more as sources of comedy.
  • A young girl comments on a trucker trying to rape her in the past. Later, and after she says that no men want to date her, Red says that the trucker was obviously attracted to her.
  • Some people bury a man who's been poisoned and is supposedly dead (to cover up the crime), but he's later alive.
  • Red admits to stealing money from his father's safe.
  • A bus driver tells a black man to go to the back of the bus (prompting the black man to think it's racism-based), but the driver then points to the man's cigarette and to the rest of the smokers in the back of the bus (in a foreign country).
  • It's possible that scenes listed under "Violence" could be unsettling or suspenseful to some viewers, but none are intentionally played for that effect (instead, all are going for laughs).
  • For those concerned with material regarding animals, we see an owl that's in distress on the floor, and Tom accidentally causes a toilet seat to fall onto that distressed owl's head. Tom later nearly feeds live mice to Jack's owl, but they get loose. The owl does grab one, however, and we see it in the owl's talons (but don't see what else happens). We later see a dead mouse that rolls out of a broken gutter.
  • Handgun/Switchblade: Carried and/or used to threaten others. See "Violence" for details.
  • Jack repeats rumors he's supposedly heard about Tom wanting to spray the work place with an AK-47.
  • A handgun is accidentally fired.
  • Phrases: "I'll blow your ass to f*ck-town," What sounded like "f*ckhead," "Thinks it's sh*t," "Oh sh*t," "Holy sh*t," "I don't give a sh*t," "What are you nuts?" "Pissed," "Loser," "Are you retarded?" "Sucks," "Idiot," "You freaking psycho," "Shake that tail," "Shut that sass trap," "Black ass karma," "Nuts" (crazy), "Tramp," "Skanky whore," "Bastard," "Slut," "Can" (butt), "Sure as hell," "Where the hell is he?" "You perv," "What the hell is going on in here?" "Shut up," "Freak," "Take a crap," "Nuts" and "Balls" (testicles), "You moron," "Get the hell out of here," "Did you piss yourself?" "Jeez," "I'm not just jerking your chain," "I'm so screwed," "Waste the bitch," "Get his ass out of here," "You blithering idiot" and "Screw" (nonsexual).
  • Audrey shows cleavage and has a tattoo on the part of her breast that we can see.
  • Audrey opens a beer by slamming down onto its top against a counter top (chipping it), while her boyfriend opens his with some part of his face (possibly his eye).
  • A person belches.
  • Tina wears a midriff-revealing top.
  • T.J. unzips his pants and proceeds to urinate all over the living room, including on the walls, furniture, in the fireplace and on Tom's pants leg. He then uses a pillow to wipe off his crotch (we don't see any nudity). Speed later unzips his pants and proceeds to urinate in the living room as well.
  • Audrey gives Tom some pills (from Speed) to give to T.J. to knock him out. He then distracts T.J. and puts the pill's contents into T.J.'s whiskey.
  • We see a guy hanging from a noose (an attempted suicide attempt, but played for laughs).
  • Various people spit out apparently foul-tasting coffee (played for laughs due to the sight of it).
  • It's possible the following could startle a few viewers. A supposedly dead man suddenly thrusts his arm up out of his freshly dug grave, grabs a person's leg, and then unearths himself.
  • There's some brief comedy-based suspenseful music.
  • A song has a lyric about "dirty fantasy."
  • At least 1 "f" word (and another possible one), 6 "s" words, 1 slang term for male genitals ("shrimp"), 12 asses (1 used with "hole"), 10 hells, 4 damns, 2 craps, 1 S.O.B., 8 uses of "Oh my God," 5 of "G-damn," 3 each of "For God's sakes" and "Oh God," 2 each of "God" and "Jesus" and 1 use of "Holy Mother of God."
  • Tom carries a stranger's briefcase that then opens up to reveal (to Lisa) a gay magazine titled "Man on Man."
  • Audrey shows cleavage and has a tattoo on the part of her breast that we can see.
  • Tom briefly watches a videotape of Lisa in a small bikini.
  • Audrey mentions something about her boyfriend's penis being small.
  • We see a buxom woman in small and tight clothing.
  • Lisa shows some cleavage.
  • Tom goes through Lisa's bag (and her panties in there) trying to find a mouse that's on the loose. It then crawls up his sleeve and then down into his pants, causing him to go into contortions while trying to get it out. Lisa then walks in and sees him (from behind) holding her panties in one hand and having his other hand at his crotch (making it look and sound like he's masturbating). His pants then fall to the floor.
  • We see a nude drawing that Lisa did of a woman lying down (that shows bare breasts).
  • Tina and others fall into a pool. She then gets out, wearing a clingy, tight and wet t-shirt that clearly shows her breasts through it (and she seductively runs her hands down her body).
  • Lisa thinks that Tom is gay and says that it's nice that there's no sexual tension between them. She then tells Tom that she's going to show him a striptease act her friend does. She then proceeds to remove her outer shirt and then unbutton her small main shirt. We then see part of her bra as well as the top front and back of her panties as her pants are undone at the top. She then asks if that would turn him on if he weren't gay. He says he's not and she's briefly embarrassed by what she just did, but that doesn't last long. They then end up kissing, but are interrupted.
  • Hans makes it sound like he and Lisa had sex for the first time, but he's referring to her catching him with another young woman (as he lies clothed on a counter and does some pelvic thrusting to show what he was doing). He also comments on Lisa seeing him nude from behind for the first time (while cheating on her).
  • A paralyzed man tells Tom that the advantage of being a "cripple" is that he no longer needs Viagra as he can maintain his arousal for hours. Tom replies that some things compensate for others, but the man then angrily says that it's because no woman wants to date him.
  • Audrey states that Tina thinks she has cancer and wants Tom's help. We then see Tom sitting on a bed between the two, with his hand on Tina's barely covered breast, groping it. Audrey then grabs his other hand and puts it on her clothed breast for a comparison (telling him to rub hers too), but she then gets aroused by that (until Lisa walks in and sees this). Most of the shot doesn't show that hand to breast contact, but there is some of that as well as the sound of such groping.
  • To distract T.J., Tom lies about seeing several women "going at it."
  • When seeing T.J. convulsing on the floor (from a drug and booze combination), Audrey states that he's like a human vibrator.
  • Tom unzips his zipper as if he's going to urinate, but that doesn't occur. Moments later, Lisa looks there and tells him that maybe he should put that away (referring to his penis that she sees, but we don't).
  • Speed looks at Audrey's clothed butt as she stands on some steps.
  • A man's clothed crotch ends up at a man's face when the former falls from the ceiling and lands crotch-first at the latter's face. In the same comic vein, Jack and Tom are in an out of control car that somehow repeatedly causes Jack's head to go up and down near Tom's clothed crotch.
  • Trying to prove a point, Tom rips the back of Jack's pants to reveal his bare butt (that we see). Red then drops his pants to reveal his bare (and splotchy) butt.
  • Tom has his hands by Lisa's clothed butt as they embrace.
  • Speed and Hans each smoke once, while some miscellaneous people smoke in the back of a bus in a foreign country.
  • Lisa states that she used to wish she were Jack's bird since he paid more attention to it than her or Red.
  • Dealing with mean and/or tyrannical bosses.
  • The various sorts of people and topics used as sources of comedy.
  • The notion that people have that everything bad happens to them.
  • All of the following is played for intended comedy.
  • A miscellaneous man slams into a column in a subway station when his briefcase gets caught in a train's door and he's pulled down the platform.
  • We hear Audrey's boyfriend slap her.
  • Tom accidentally causes a toilet seat to fall onto a distressed owls head.
  • Tom does a pratfall and lands on some furniture, breaking it.
  • An old man holds a handgun on Tom after thinking he's a peeping Tom. Tom then grabs the gun and aims it at the man, but does not intend to harm him.
  • We hear the sound of a woman (who was climbing a rock wall) hitting the ground.
  • We hear sounds of things breaking in Jack's house.
  • Tom falls over Lisa's bed. Moments later, he accidentally falls into and breaks a model boat.
  • T.J. throws Tom back against a wall, pulls a switchblade on him, and then throws him down onto some furniture. Moments later, he threatens Tom with the switchblade again.
  • T.J. violently rummages through Jack's house.
  • A man meanly kicks his blind relative's wheelchair and we then hear things getting knocked over.
  • Tom pulls a handgun on T.J. in an attempt to make him stop trying to pry open a safe with a crowbar.
  • T.J. accidentally breaks various things while stumbling about in the living room (from being drugged that results in severe convulsions and later presumed death, but he turns out to be okay).
  • T.J. holds a gun to Lisa's head and Tom challenges him to shoot her (thinking the gun is empty but not realizing it's been reloaded -- but we don't know that until later).
  • Red hits T.J. on the back of the head with a shovel, knocking him out.
  • Police arrive and aim their guns at someone.
  • We see a guy hanging from a noose (an attempted suicide attempt, but played for laughs), but the chandelier breaks and he and it crash to the floor, breaking a table (he's okay).
  • A car smashes through a wall (everyone is okay).
  • As Jack hangs onto the roof gutter with his feet on a branch below, that branch breaks. He then lands hard on his crotch on a branch below the first and the contents of the now broken gutter (dirty water, many beer bottles and a dead mouse that lands in his mouth) hit him on the head. He then falls hard to the ground below onto some trashcans (we don't see the impact).

  • Reviewed August 22, 2003 / Posted August 23, 2003

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