The House
The House (2017)

Andrew J. Cohen directs this romp about a mother and father (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) who blow their daughter's college fund and start an illegal casino in their basement to recoup the losses.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 30, 2017
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2017
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Critic Score: 18% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The House squanders a decent premise and a talented cast on thin characterizations and a shortage of comic momentum.

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

A dismayingly lightweight experience.

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Katie Walsh
Los Angeles Times

Instead of writing actual characters, they've hired a gaggle of beloved comedians to do bits based on stereotype and persona, and have concocted a cockamamie suburban crime story that manages to be both bizarre and incredibly thin.

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Danielle Solzman
Solzy at the Movies

In a year in which studio comedies failed on so many levels, The House was surprisingly okay and there's nothing wrong with that.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

A dark, startlingly bloody journey into the bitter, empty, broken heart of the American middle class, a blend of farce and satire built on a foundation of social despair.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

There's more character development (and more believable plot turns) in a typical "Saturday Night Live" sketch.

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Pete Hammond
Deadline Hollywood Daily

Cohen just can't seem to make the tonal shifts work, and the film falls prey to some cringe-inducing scenes in its second half.

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Rafer Guzman

It's all meant to be wild and crazy, but somehow it seems simultaneously nasty and dull.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

The pace is hectic, but the jokes just aren't there.

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Josh Larsen

...what happens when improvisation runs out of steam.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A typical suburban couple, short on cash, decide to open a casino to fill in the stopgap. Okay, so its Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, so toss that… More
Bradley J
Summer is meant for frivolous laughs and in many ways The House delivers on that template. It is light, frothy and sometimes funny, although you often feel the… More
Nate Zoebl
It's got an appealing premise and many funny people attached, so why is The House such a shoulder-shrug of a comedy? Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler open a… More
Christopher Oakley
Liked it much more than I could imagine I would and find Ferrell and Poehler a good team. Solid concept that was imagined quite rightly. Funny and stupid but I… More
Jamie Clarke
A typical Will Ferrell comedy, A few cheap laughs and abit of gross humour thrown in for the hell of it and it ends up being an ok film but never pushes itself… More
Philip Price
It's a sad day when one of your comedic icons who you grew up watching seemingly puts the nail in their proverbial comedy coffin, but that seems to be… More