The House

ho00004389Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler star in a high concept comedy about parents who decide to open an illegal casino in their friends home to pay for their daughters college tuition fees.

Let’s get this out of the way quickly, this is an awful film with very little positive to talk about. The opening set up is forced and you will be hoping it gets funny when the casino antics are in motion but unfortunately you will be treated to sporadic chuckles whilst you wonder how so many talented people are in such a poor film. As usual, my complaint here is improvisational comedy is fine if it is part of a plot and used to come up with some gems. But it will not help something that would struggle to fill a 22 minute sitcom episode.

The only positive aspect, by a long margin are the crazy antics of Jason Mantzoukas, who plays gambling junkie Frank, whose home the casino is set up in. His desperation and casual attitude to the criminal aspects of the venture are the only thing that will regularly make you smile.


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