HOUSESITTER starts out slowly and never stops being implausible or predictable. Neither Steve Martin nor Goldie Hawn do anything we haven't seen them do before, and neither of them play especially likeable characters. The strange thing is that, despite these failings, the movie is
obstinately, sometimes painfully funny.
Martin plays Newton Davis, a Boston architect who builds a dream house for the love of his life, Becky (Dana Delany), in the small New England town where they grew up. After Becky rejects his marriage proposal, Davis confides his woes in Gwen (Goldie Hawn), a waitress/con-artist whose response to
his sob story is pretty unconventional. While Dav...