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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.
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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
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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