The House (2017) – Review

When a town scholarship program no longer has funding, parents Scott (Will Ferrell) and Kate (Amy Poehler) are left without the necessary cash available to send their daughter to University. Facing very few options, they decide to open and begin running an illegal casino in an attempt to make the cash before the summer ends. An entertaining Netflix time killer that never had a dull moment, with some extremely brutal moments thrown in that made you want to look away on more than one occasion.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Director: Andrew Jay Cohen
Writers:  Andrew Jay CohenBrendan O’Brien,
Starring: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas

Before starting, I must admit to not being the biggest Will Ferrell fan, but after stumbling across this one on Netflix, I decided to give it a shot. For sure, it wasn’t the worst decision in the world, but certainly not the best. The House is currently streaming on Netflix and can be regarded as a half decent time killer.

One thing worth noting about this is the fact that it is definitely not a family friendly movie as it contained a large amount of gambling, bad language, violence and some drug use along with the occasional sexual scene, but it always tried its best to remain funny throughout, and as already mentioned, it never really had a dull moment as was the pace of the flick.

The comedy was dark in patches, especially when the characters got deeper into the life of running their underground casino and eventually adopting their “gangster alter egos” – The Butcher and The Burner! Not all the funny moments got laughs, but some of them did, and I think in a film of this nature, there were just enough humourous moments to make it watchable on a whole.

In regard to the cast, that was reasonably extensive – especially the supporting cast, all of whom do a good enough job in drawing you in and making you care enough for their journey and the various mishaps which happen to them along the way.

With that being said, the main characters, led by Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, had a good amount of chemistry and the pair were entertaining for most of the flick, and even hilarious at times. Jason Mantzoukas also starred as Frank, a man who was struggling to cope with the separation from his wife. He shined brightly in this one and it was good to see the actor finally adopting a more impactful role rather than the minor roles in comedies such as Dirty Grandpa and Brooklyn Nine Nine. A stellar performance and somebody I’d love to see more of in the future.

Overall, not the worst eighty-eight minutes of anyone’s time but not one you’d want to watch on repeat. The story, actors and acting in general was satisfactory, along with some genuine laugh out loud moments to keep you watching.

“The house always wins.”

Frank – The House

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