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After Scott (Will Ferrell) and Kate (Amy Poehler) Johansen lose their daughter Alex's college fund, they become desperate to earn it back so she can pursue her dream of attending a university. With the help of their neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), they decide to start an illegal casino in the basement of his house.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: The House squanders a decent premise and a talented cast on thin characterizations and a shortage of comic momentum.
A dismayingly lightweight experience.
July 13, 2017
It's all meant to be wild and crazy, but somehow it seems simultaneously nasty and dull.
June 30, 2017
Los Angeles Times
Instead of writing actual characters, they've hired a gaggle of beloved comedians to do bits based...
June 30, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Great cast wasted in tepid, weirdly violent comedy.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The House is an over-the-top comedy built around an iffy premise: Parents (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) start an illegal casino to pay for their daughter's college. There's more violence than you'd expect: Limbs and digits are chopped off, with spouting blood that goes everywhere. Main characters threaten others with an axe and a blowtorch, a villain threatens a crowd with a gun, and a cop plays with a gun and says being afraid of guns is "silly." A woman also mimes hanging herself as a response to a stressful situation. Both adults and high-school grads drink and smoke pot (a main character says she's addicted to the latter); in one scene, a bunch of men snort cocaine. Things get pretty racy, too: There are jokes about masturbation, date rape, a married couple's sex life, and anonymous sex through holes in a wall. Language is strong and frequent, with many uses of "f--k," "s--t," and much more. Both male and female characters are derisively called "bitch" and "p---y," which sends an uncomfortable message about gender roles.
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- Release Date:June 30, 2017
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