The House of Yes
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A wealthy young man wants to wed a painfully ordinary girl, and a few hours with his family will convince anyone why he's doing so in this black comedy. Marty Pascal (Josh Hamilton) is engaged to marry Lesly (Tori Spelling), a dizzy blonde he met when she was working at a doughnut shop, and he bravely decides that it's time she met his family, so he brings her along for Thanksgiving dinner at his mother's house in West Virginia. Bravery is necessary because the Pascals are not an especially healthy or wholesome family. Mother (Genevieve Bujold) explains her philosophy about… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bujold has the frazzled hauteur of an aging, neglected star, and Spelling is nicely glazed, studiously artless. But the film is keyed to Posey's performance: perfectly brittle, faultlessly false."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"This is a definitive Posey performance: wide-eyed, smiling and ultrafeminine, but plastic and cold as a store mannequin."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Bujold is as good as ever, but the real surprise here is Spelling: Slack-jawed and dewy-eyed, lids forever at half-mast, she's perfectly cast as a lamb among wolves, and her naivete is strangely affecting."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"So light it almost floats away were it not somewhat anchored by the performances of Posey, Bujold and Spelling."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Easy to forget if not for the presence of the wonderful Parker Posey."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"[Waters] manages to open up the text while maintaining its perilous mix of arch wit, pathos and suspense."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"There are many gaping holes between the funny moments."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A fierce piece of farce and sharp as a kitchen knife."
‑ , Film4
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Waters takes pains never to caricature the family members. Even Jackie-O, who could have easily become the stuff of high camp, is reigned in by Posey's performance, which is one of her best; she manages to be arch, touching and acerbic all at once."
‑ Lael Loewenstein, Boxoffice Magazine
"There's something quite lethal about Parker Posey in pearls, and for that inspiration director Mark Waters deserves our gratitude."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Not every chance taken by Mark Waters works, but enough are successful to produce some memorable motion picture moments."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Offers more than its share of tartly biting zingers, dropped to maximum comic effect by the letter-perfect Posey."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Can be entertaining at times, but the question about this film's long-time impact on viewers' memory is going to be a definitive "no.""
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"The story seems too intent on spreading quirkiness on with a spatula to be really engaging; you can't picture these people as anything other than movie characters."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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