50th Anniversary: Madhouse Review

The Leader 03/1990

Matthew J. Mencke | Editor

If you’re the type of person who enjoys a good comedy movie, then you should get out and see Madhouse, starring John Larroquette and Kirstie Alley.

Laroquette and Alley play the parts of Mark and Jessie Bannister, a married couple living in Los Angeles. He is a stockbroker, and she is a television news reporter. They have all the privacy they can ever want until uninvited house guests arrive.

First, it’s his cousin and his cousin’s wife. Then it’s her sister and her sister’s son. To top it all off, the neighbors’ house burns down and they come over too. Pretty soon the house owners are absolutely insane, and are living outside in a shelter made out of blankets while the guests are running the inside of the household.

Laughter is easy to come by in this show. The cousins bring a cat that dies four times and comes back to life each time. One of the neighbor kids who moves in gets angry at Larroquette and carves some obscene words in the lawn with the lawn mower, and Alley has a breakdown while reporting on the evening news a few times.

The movie runs along at a pretty good pace, but really kicks in in the ending scenes when the Bannisters start “cleaning house,” and are kicking everybody out.

An overall god show with a great cast including Dennis Miller from Saturday Night Live.

Mencke Rating System: $$$$