Smart House

1999

Comedy / Drama / Family / Sci-Fi

10
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 53%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 53% · 2.5K ratings
IMDb Rating 6.1/10 10 8330 8.3K

Director

Top cast

Katey Sagal as Pat
Kevin Kilner as Nick
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754.58 MB
1280*718
English 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 21 min
Seeds 35
1.36 GB
1912*1072
English 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 21 min
Seeds 74

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bkoganbing 7 / 10

HAL In Your Home

One of the more clever Disney television movies is definitely Smart House. This involves a family winning a contest to live as guinea pigs in a futuristic house that is completely computer controlled. But like HAL in 2001 A Space Odyssey or Colossus, The Forbin Project the super artificial brain starts to take over everything.

Kevin Kilner and his son Ryan Merriman and daughter Angie Volding are the Cooper family and they win moving into a house that is completely computer controlled. It cleans up after itself, cooks meals, makes beds, etc. All with the cheery voice of that ultimate mother figure, Katey Sagal. It's even got a name like HAL, PAT in this case. It even helps Kilner organize his work so he can stay at home most of the time. Kilner has other needs however that Pat can't supply and that his kids can't understand.

Especially Merriman who misses his mother and is jealous of computer woman Jessica Steen who runs PAT's support systems and who Kilner starts showing an interest in. Merriman downloads some old family television shows to give PAT an idea of what the ideal mother is like.

It's a lot of laughs and then gets a bit frightening when Sagal materializes as a holograph and shuts the place down.

Several centuries later all the kinks got worked out and the Starship Enterprise certainly didn't need a mother figure supervising the crew's every needs. Smart House was a clever idea for a family film, nicely packaged by the folks at The Magic Kingdom.

Reviewed by filmfan887 5 / 10

Made for Kids

I remember watching this movie when I was in late elementary school. As a kid, you could care less about acting or a dumb story - as long as the movie or show was entertaining. Mom and dad on the other hand, probably though different. I absolutely loved it because the house did all sorts of cool things.

I'm now 23 years old and a filmmaker, and I remember most of the scenes in this film.

The movie was made 100% for kids, and therefor they can get away with terrible acting. The acting is made for kids...very dumb down...very explanatory for a young one. An adult would consider it horrible - because it really is horrible, but a 13 year old would most likely love it. The story is interesting, but the acting can't even be rated because it's a movie for kids. However, most of these "kid movies" do have a good message behind them.

Reviewed by anna_angel87 6 / 10

Your Typical, but Creative Disney Original Film

I can remember way back when I still in 6th grade when this movie came out. I watched Disney all the time at this age and my best friend did too. I can remember how unbelievably excited we were to watch this movie after Disney had been doing their usual hype over it's new movies.

Like other reviews have stated, this movie starts out really fun and interesting, and then takes a boring turn at the end. But it's honestly only because this house starts out so amazing and it really holds your interest to see all the cool new things the house can do. Some things you could picture actually happening, such as the huge screens on the walls. Most things though are completely impossible. I remember even back then, the scene where the floor sucks in all the debris from the party through the carpets made me roll my 6th grade eyes.

However, you have to keep in mind that it's just supposed to be a fun little Disney Original Movie and you let the impossibilities of it all pass. Cause honestly, who doesn't wish their floor could clean itself? Or that you could just make a food select off a touch screen and have it magically pop out of your counter? I especially liked how the house picked out the little girl's outfit in the morning.

The only real thing that really bugged me about this movie, and I don't even know why it bugs me so much, is how the kids got busted for their party. That Gwen girl tossed her sweater over a house plant and suddenly its completely obvious that they threw a party? Couldn't the little girl just play it off that it was her sweater? I dunno, it just always bugged me. But then it is Disney, and Disney can be incredibly ridiculous sometimes.

I would rate this a 6 out of 10 because the movie really is quite cheesy but still enjoyable to watch. Good for kids and preteens. Though I would not recommend it to those that would put too much thought into it, like I tend to do. It really is just meant to be watched and enjoyed.

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