The House

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The House

Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler open an underground casino in this witless, laugh-free comedy

The house always wins? One thing’s for certain – if you pay to see this lazy waste of time and talent, you’ll be the loser. As comedy, it may have worked on paper: Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler play the struggling parents of a perky, sure-to-succeed daughter. Trouble is, they can’t afford to send her to college. Enter their gambling-addicted buddy Frank (Jason Mantzoukas) with a hare-brained scheme to turn his house into an underground casino.

In practice, there’s nothing here that works. The script by ‘Neighbours’ writers Andrew J Cohen and Brendan O’Brien is practically non-existent – perhaps director Cohen was hoping Ferrell and Poehler would sprinkle a little of their improv magic and bring it to life. But both performers seem totally disengaged, zombie-ing through their parts as though they’d rather be somewhere, anywhere else (and fair enough). Jeremy Renner is unexpectedly funny in his fleeting cameo as a ruthless mob boss – but, hey, if stone-face Renner’s the liveliest thing in your movie, you’ve got problems.

By: Tom Huddleston

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday June 30 2017
Duration: 88 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Andrew Jay Cohen
Screenwriter: Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O'Brien
Cast: Will Ferrell
Amy Poehler
Jason Mantzoukas

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Average and low on laughs, but entertaining, this caper tells the tale of parents setting up an illegal gambling den to fund their kid through college. Silly forced humour and quite a lot of gore in this one actually, aping movies such as Casino and Goodfellas as Will Ferrell and co blunder through the movie. Watch this on a plane to pass a couple of hours but don't go out of your way to see it. You'll have more fun in a real casino where you might be able to win some cash!

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Sometimes you need a light movie ... This is the one for you.. A couple opening their own illegal casino within a friend's home in order to pay for their daughter's uni fees......

Its wild... Its wacky but its will ferrell movie so you know its going to be hilarious! I enjoyed the humour and storyline!... Not a bad movie at all..