- 1 hr 38 min
Directed by Gore Verbinski, this comedy film stars Nathan Lane and Lee Evans as brothers, Ernie and Lars Smuntz. After the death of their father, Ernie (Lane) and Lars (Evans) inherit an old mansion along with its debts as well as the family’s antiquated string factory. Ernie ignores his inheritance while Lars decides he wants to run the factory. Lars receives several offers from a company who wants to buy the factory, but remembers a promise he made to his father about never selling it. When Lars’ wife finds out about his refusal to sell the factory, she kicks him out of his house. Meanwhile Ernie is working as a chef in his own restaurant, and he serves the major. Ernie accidentally serves him cockroach in the food and the major has a heart attack and dies. Ernie then loses his job and his home leading to his reconciliation with Lars and their decision to check out the house their father left them. When the go to the house, they find the blueprints and realize it was the last house built by a famous architect, before he was sent to an asylum. They believe they can make a ton of money if they restore the mansion, and they ignore an offer a collector makes on the house in favor of an auction. Not long after they come to this decision, they learn that only two days remain to pay off the $1,200 mortgage or else the bank will foreclose. As their renovation efforts begin, the brothers discover a worthy adversary in the form of an exceptionally clever mouse. They decide they need to kill the mouse, as Ernie fears the occurrence of another incident like the cockroach affair. Hilarity ensues with their comical attempts to rid the house of the mouse, and the mouse evading every one. They bring in an exterminator (Christopher Walken) to no avail. The rest of the movie follows their attempts to kill the mouse and prepare for the auction of the house.