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Open House (2004)

Anthony Rapp , Sally Kellerman  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Rapp, Sally Kellerman
  • Format: Director's Cut, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B9EYGG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,531 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Open House" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The first-ever "Musical Commentary" featuring the original song, "This is the DVD Commentary!" Commentary includes director, crew and Anthony Rapp.
  • The first-ever "Slamdance-a-Rama®" Audio option to give the ultimate film festival experience.
  • Sing-a-Long Lyrics for all the songs.
  • Alternate Endings, Beginning, and Middle (in Japanese, w/English subtitles)
  • Deleted scene and outtake from Alternate Endings
  • Deleted scene featuring excessive product placement
  • "Film School in a Box" featurettes - over an hour of "How To" minidocumentaries, including:
  • "How to Win an Award®" - documenting the film's campaign for Best Original Musical Oscar®.  Features "Bat Boy: The Musical" co-creator Brian Flemming
  • "How to Cast a Movie" - cast interviews on how the ensemble came together
  • "How to Make a Musical" - how and why the actors sang live, on set
  • "How to Make an Indie Film" - working with Slamdance co-founder Dan Mirvish
  • "How NOT to Shoot a Film in 17 Days" - production war stories
  • "How to Make Fingersandwiches" - with Sally Kellerman and George McGovern
  • KABC-TV's "Eye on LA" segment on the making of the film
  • "Fantabulous in One Take" - Anthony Rapp sings the opening number
  • "Trailer" - with intro by director and producer at Slamdance fundraiser

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Dan Mirvish's "fatabulous" musical comedy Open House, is a tangled tale of intrigue, romance, lost love and the one thing everyone has in common: the American dream of finding a home. We meet Barry (Anthony Rapp, Rent) - the eager-to-please real estate agent desperate to sell a house. There's Debbie and Joel (Kellie Martin, ER and James Duval, Donnie Darko) - two "Sexy Swipers" who spend their Sundays making quick love in open houses and then stealing trinkets to put in the next house. Down-on-his-luck jewel thief Dave (Jerry Doyle, Babylon 5) has a broken-down getaway car, so he pretends to be an endocrinologist interested in buying a house. There's Ron and Gloria - a couple of adulterous cops trying to break a big case. And finally we meet Marjorie (Sally Kellerman, M*A*S*H), a dispirited realtor with a penchant for younger men and tequila. This disparate group of strangers comes together in the search for true love, a bag of jewels and the perfect two-story colonial


"A crowd favorite." -- S. Mark Rhodes, Films in Review

"A funny, fast-paced and above all very unique film. A film filled with interesting and hilarious songs about real estate that you won't be able to get out of your head! It works beautifully. Every musical number resulted in an eruption of applause from the audience. Kellerman is simply on fire!" -- FilmThreat

"A must-see favorite! Super cast! Kellie Martin scores as a yuppie fond of quickie sex in strange houses; Sally Kellerman, as a boozy, unsuccessful agent, delivers a torchy realtor's lament; and Ann Magnuson shows up very late and nearly walks off with the whole movie." -- Baltimore CityPaper

"A triumph...unique and flavorful! The show is clearly stolen by Kellerman whose "Sellin' A Dream" song is the most completely marketable and pleasing thing in the movie. Hopefully, the Academy will remember it come nomination time because a proliferation of films like 'Open House' could usher in a new era in the musical genre." -- Jonathan Hickman,

"Among its many send-ups are a showstopping duet, 'Sellin' a Dream,' performed by Sally Kellerman and Jerry Doyle." -- Regina Weinreich, The East Hampton Star

"Awesome! This is a hilarious, crazy movie! Thumbs up to director, Dan Mirvish; Sally Kellerman is excellent!" -- Jim Muscarella, The Improper

"In a rare and demanding move, all singing was performed and recorded live on set. Lovely!" -- Variety

"It's Fantabulous! With OPEN HOUSE, Dan Mirvish has crafted the first great musical of independent film. Amongst a great cast, Sally Kellerman, Ann Magnuson, and Kellie Martin shine as they deliver Mirvish's toe-tapping tunes which you won't be able to get out of your head. Stylistically, it's a ingenious blend of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Preston Sturges, and Robert Altman. One of the songs is entitled 'Do You Love this House?' And the answer is a definite yes!" -- Terry Keefe, Venice Magazine

"Mirvish, who is perhaps best known for co-founding the Slamdance Film Festival, creates a very funny and sardonic atmosphere that will have you laughing throughout....A genuine delight! The musical numbers are nothing short of hilarious." -- Larry Katz, WTTR Radio

"People loved it. It was funny. And it's about time somebody made a Real Estate Musical!" -- Carloss James Chamberlin, Senses of Cinema

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent musical October 6, 2005
Having seen an advance screening at the Egyptian theater in Hollywood, I was thrilled to see the return of Dan Mirvish' directorial prowess. Not since his 1994 film " Omaha the Movie", have I been as impressed with a directing style. From the broad dance numbers to the very funny song lyrics, Dan's dry wit and humor is abundant in this film. I was told that the actors sang live on set and that very little was done in editing. How bold a concept to let the actor's true talents show throughout the project. I just hope I dont have to wait another 10 years for the next Dan Mirvish film.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
"Do you love this house? Do you love this house?"

Yeah, I really did. Dan Mirvish has wonderfully created a light, hysterical and crazy story about achieving the American Dream: buying your first house.

This movie's awesome. I loved it. Just off-kilter enough to be funny and heartfelt without being diabetes inducing. I absolutely loved it!

My favorite part was Anthony Rapp's song "My House" towards the end. Everything that he says in that song was exactly how I felt when me and my family moved out of our house. I lived in my house for like ten years and that's exactly how I felt when we had to leave. And you have to know I was so pissed at the people who bought it from us when I saw that they'd let the lawn die!

I think this is why Open House works, because everyone can relate to this.

Great job. I really loved it. Hysterical, great performances, great screenplay and awesome camera work!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is FANTABULOUS! March 14, 2006
I found out about this movie becaues Anthony Rapp was in it. I knew nothing about it untill i spotted it at the store. I picked it up, read the back, and thought it sounded interesting. A musical about real estate, something i've never seen before. I bought and watched it the minute i got home and completely LOVED it. The songs were catchy and it had a strange but good story line. It was fun to see people you wouldn't noremally see singing, singing songs about loveing a house or sexy swiping or making a safe houes of love. It's not a normal musical, but i love all the songs and by the end of the movie i was singing Fantabulous and It's My House. It definetly a movie i'll never fotget.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hysterical, musical romp! October 5, 2005
This movie was an absolute joy to watch! It constantly surprised me - first with the musical numbers, which are like none others I'd seen in a movie - and then with the heart of the characters (Anthony Rapp was amazing!),and the depth of the story (don't reveal the ending!). Somehow this movie slipped through the cracks on its big screen release (I saw it in Santa Fe), but now's our chance to get the DVD. I can't wait to share this with everyone I know. Oh, and Sally Kellerman was fantabulous!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a huge disappointment! February 8, 2008
I'm a RENT fan, so when I found this Anthony Rapp musical movie I had never heard of I was pretty excited. When I watched it I couldn't believe how bad it was. The story line has some (but very little) potential, but to call it a musical is being very, very generous. The "music" is pathetic as are the lyrics. As for the singers, Anthony Rapp does the best he can with the weak material. The rest of the singers' voices are as bad as the "songs" they are singing. I finished watching it because I had invested in it (my mistake) but it was actually hard to get through it. I felt so sorry for Rapp to have been in such a low-budget, poor project; he is so very talented. If you are an Anthony Rapp fan, do yourself a favor, continue to enjoy him in RENT recordings and don't spoil your image of him by watching this fiasco.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and unique! January 5, 2006
I first had an interest in this movie after doing a search for my favorite actor, Anthony Rapp. I originally rented the movie and after renting and watching it several times , I fell in love with Open House. So much so that I immediately purchased my own copy, as my friends and I watch Open House with veneration. This is the general consensus of everyone I know who loves this movie. My friends and online buddies and I quote the lines all the time. The entire concept of a real estate musical is pure genius. The movie starts on a "high note" and doesn't disappoint. Open House is refreshing because of the absence of "cool special effects". The movie has a loose plot at best, dorky but lovable characters, and is entertaining in that it does not seek to 'wow' its viewers. So, not only was the film fun for the whole family and all of my friends, but it was also original and innovative, an instant classic in my movie collection.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you love this Open House? October 6, 2005
"Do you love this House? Do you love this House? Do you really, really love this house?" Thats lyrics from just one of the memorable songs from this fun and inventive musical! I loved the cast: Anthony Rapp from RENT and DAZED AND CONFUSED! Kellie Martin from LIFE GOES ON and ER! The still sexy Sally Kellerman! Tired of the same old movies at the theaters? Buy OPEN HOUSE for a breath of fresh air!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizaare, but somehow it works! February 10, 2006
Independent minded, to say the least. It has some rough edges production-wise, but it is infectiously fun. Had me laughing and singing along (god-forbid, if you've heard me sing!)

It also has some of the most fun DVD extras I've seen. Why bother with film school ?Just watch the "how-to" features on the DVD!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I great find if you love musicals
I great find if you love musicals! Anthony Rapp leads a great cast in a unique and original musical romp.
Published 3 months ago by FilmFan
1.0 out of 5 stars C Grade Movie
C grade filming and definitely not Grease... More odd and strange than comical... Watched it once and that will be it.
Published on September 27, 2012 by W&J
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTABULOUS!
This is a strange but wonderful movie. Some may not like it but I think it is one of the best musicals. It is a movie that is a spoof on musicals. Read more
Published on September 27, 2007 by Shannon M. Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantabulous
Open House is a zany and very funny original musical. I usually don't go for musicals, but the subject matter made this one really work for me. Read more
Published on May 17, 2006 by Aaron Huber
5.0 out of 5 stars More than "cute"
I have read some reviews where people are applauding "Open House" for being a 'cute,' 'silly' movie. Which I suppose it is, on the surface. Read more
Published on March 19, 2006 by D. Holle
4.0 out of 5 stars Mindless fun
Open House is a very very silly movie, but that is what makes it so fun to watch. Anthony Rapp is really the best part but the "sexy Swipers" are quite enjoyable too. Read more
Published on March 19, 2006 by Caitie F
3.0 out of 5 stars Open House is fantabulous
My cousin and I rented this movie for New Year's Eve, wanting to A: not have to watch the New Year's Eve shows all night and B: want to see Anthony Rapp in something outside of... Read more
Published on March 19, 2006 by J. Selke
1.0 out of 5 stars Finally - The Worst Musical Ever
I have been collecting and watching movie musicals my whole life. In the last four minutes, I have forgotten more about Broadway and Hollywood musicals than the entire population... Read more
Published on March 16, 2006 by W. Sagal
I was suckered in by the 5 star reviews and chose to ignore the 1 star (and only honest) Amazon review on this DVD. Read more
Published on March 16, 2006 by Nathan Eckhart
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantabulous Film
Like most others, I heard of Open House through Anthony Rapp. I didn't bother to rent it, I just bought it because I've never seen Anthony involved in anything that wasn't worth my... Read more
Published on March 15, 2006 by Katlyn Dombroski
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