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House, The (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo Pack)
When Scott and Kate Johansen’s daughter gets into the college of her dreams it’s cause for celebration. That is, until Scott and Kate (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) learn that the scholarship they were counting on didn’t come through, and they’re now on the hook for tuition they can’t begin to afford. With the help of their friend and neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas)—also in need of a major payday—they decide to open an illegal casino in his suburban house, risking everything together on a Vegas-style bacchanal where money flows, inhibitions are checked at the door, and all bets are off.]]>
- If You Build The House They Will Come
- Deleted Scenes
- Extended/Alternate Scenes
- Gag Reel
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Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler turn in what may be the most moving portrait of two parents struggling to provide for their progeny since Russell Simpson and Jane Darwell immortalized Ma and Pa Joad in the 1940 classic "The Grapes of Wrath." And Ryan Simpkins injects humor and pathos into her portrayal of the college-bound daughter, Alex, who in the end joins in solidarity with her parents to secure her education, and even save the town from the corrupt clutches of the malevolent Bob Schaeffer, movingly played by Nick Kroll. We all remember Kroll's spirited performance as John in the breakthrough 2010 comedy "Dinner for Schmucks," which launched many a career for struggling young comedic talents such as Kroll and Larry Wilmore.
AMPAS has spurned too many quality films of late in the Oscar nominations, and I fear that they will ignore this masterful comedy. Don't let that dissuade you from this glorious film.
The combination of Ferrell and Poehler suggests that “The House” would provide a reasonable share of laughs. The premise is far fetched, but that’s not the problem. The writing is weak, with so-called jokes falling flat and other attempts to push the comedy envelope squirm-inducing. The idea offers possibilities for sharp parody, but it never materializes. What’s on screen should have been an early draft, sent back to the writers to punch up the comedy. Making matters worse, the film has the feel of improvised schtick, with the cast going off on their own tangents, veering from what’s on the page. This sabotages the film, with director Andrew Jay Cohen failing to keep his stars in check. Lacking wit and satirical insight, the movie is simply not fun.
Bonus materials on the 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital release include deleted scenes, extended and alternate scenes, gag reel, and 2 behind-the-scenes featurettes.
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Movie however was crap. I only bought it to see Jeremy Renner! Wish his scenes were longer.Read more