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The House (2017)

Review by CJ

Director:
Andrew Jay Cohen

Starring:
Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Jason Mantzoukas, Ryan Simpkins, Allison Tolman, Nick Kroll

Other notable appearances:
Jeremy Renner, Cedric Yarbrough, Rob Huebel, Lennon Parham, Kyle Kinane, Rory Scovel

Running time:
88 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Rough Night, The Hangover Part III, Let’s Be Cops

 

When their town revokes their daughter’s college scholarship and they are refused for loans or raises, Scott (Ferrell) and Kate (Poehler) Johansen must think outside the box to pay the tuition fee. Enter the illegal underground casino and all of the challenges that come with one.

This film is one of the few times that the house doesn’t win. The House takes a fun concept, talented comedic cast and killer soundtrack to create something that’s pretty average. As was the case with Rough Night, if you’ve seen the trailer for The House, you have seen all of the best bits and the few laugh out loud moments.

Poehler, Ferrell and Mantzoukas all give decent performances but they seem to have either not been given enough room to improvise with a lacklustre script and direction or just weren’t feeling it.

I loved the idea of The House. Illegal casino run by a trio of suburbanites? What could go wrong … except for EVERYTHING! But in reality, the trailer features the most interesting thing that happens. Everything else that happens in the name of misadventure is pretty vanilla or is too little, too late.

The soundtrack though? Very fun, upbeat and fitting for the plot’s subject matter.

The House isn’t good and it isn’t bad – it is just very average. If it’s on TV and you have nothing else to do, it might be worth a watch, but if you’re looking for a great quality comedy, I would recommend folding this hand.

Rating:

“Oh, my God. My butt just got so tight.”

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