The House of Yes
The House of Yes (1997)

This offbeat comedy is an adaptation of Wendy MacLeod's play about the affluent, dysfunctional Pascal family as they prepare for a Thanksgiving dinner. The mentally disturbed daughter (Parker Posey), who identifies with Jacqueline… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 10, 1997
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

This is a definitive Posey performance: wide-eyed, smiling and ultrafeminine, but plastic and cold as a store mannequin.

Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Incest is the core of dysfunctional family dramedy.

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Dennis Harvey

[Waters] manages to open up the text while maintaining its perilous mix of arch wit, pathos and suspense.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

There are many gaping holes between the funny moments.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

There's something quite lethal about Parker Posey in pearls, and for that inspiration director Mark Waters deserves our gratitude.

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James Berardinelli

Not every chance taken by Mark Waters works, but enough are successful to produce some memorable motion picture moments.

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A fierce piece of farce and sharp as a kitchen knife.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
"The House of Yes" is a little gem of an indie film, which alternates between crass satire and dark comedy with seeming ease. The set-up of the film… More
Jennifer Xu
A highly variable movie with its own individual peaks and valleys. It's a pleasure to watch indie queen Parker Posey act, for sure. It is she that gels the… More
Letitia Lew
It's scary how believably Marty (and the viewer) gets sucked into the hermetically loving vacuum of family.
Lafe Fredbjornson
YES! This movie was quirky and interesting, with a strange family in a mansion. Fun in a weird captivatingly demented way.
Bruce Bruce
This film didn't do much for me. A brother comes home with his finance to meet his family, a sister who thinks she is Jackie Kennedy and is in love (More… More
Alice Shen
Pretty decent adaptation of a darkly comic stage play...up until the second half when it becomes stagnant. Posey, Bujold, and Rachael Leigh Cook as Young… More

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