The House Arrest of Us Review

I am here in the Northwest and mostly still stuck in lockdown. So what could inspire me to watch something that has anything to do with lockdown and Covid? A week ago, I would have said nothing but then Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo came out with a show on Netflix that follows a newly engaged couple being stuck with all their relatives during the first wave of quarantine. Needless to say, I hit play.

Synopsis: A long-term couple finally decides to get engaged, and per Filipino pre-wedding tradition, the groom-to-be and his family go to his fiancée’s family to settle the union. A series of unfortunate events follow as a pandemic hits, with the government suddenly implementing an Enhanced Community Quarantine. Now the would-be bride and groom, joined by their warring families, must live under one roof during a mandated lockdown. (IMDb)

If you are a fan of this Filipino OTP, as I am, you will be happy to know that their chemistry continues into this show. I swear that they literally glow on screen and have such sweet chemistry that you can’t help but fall in love with them. Through all the issues, and there are many, we watch them overcome and fall in love all over again.

And then we have the families who are a huge part of the angst of the show. Two families that could not be any different. One family is all about money and, more importantly, showing off that money. And one is all about living a quirky free lifestyle full of social media, video games, and family Zumba. All of these larger than life personalities provide a lot of the humor and the what the heck moments of the show.

And before you go thinking this show is going to be all Covid and depressing…for the most part it is a unseen background story. In the final episodes, it does go a bit more into the realistic stressors caused by the pandemic. Specifically, having to let people go, sick loved ones, etc. I personally, didn’t feel overwhelmed like I do with several other TV shows that try to deal with the same events. This one felt somewhat distanced from what I experienced so it wasn’t overly triggering.

Now for the negative. This show could have been condensed to maybe 5 or 6 episodes and worked really well. But with an episode count of 13, it runs a bit long for me. So if you don’t have anything else to watch, check this out. But if you want something a bit better written, watch some of their movies. Many of them are also available on Netflix or Amazon Prime.


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