Title: The House Director: Andrew Jay Cohen Year: 2017 Run time: 1hr 28m
“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.”
2:01 - The whole choosing a school, getting in or not, thing, I missed that, thank goodness. 2:52 - “It’s a majestic creature, the bison.” 6:09 - Love the concept of removing the spray paint. Fail. 8:36 - Bit of a who’s who of comedy in this town meeting. 9:39 - “Instead, I put my heart in the bank.” No, I’d rather have the money. 15:26 - Is it weird that I’m just thinking those dice are kinda awesome. 19:48 - “He’s your best friend. He’s my long friend.” 24:29 - Heart palpitations at math. 29:27 - How quickly it descends into fighting! 33:04- Never thought about if they both get knocked out at the same time. 40:57 - Howwww did they do that shot of the submerging? Were they holding a drone? 43:51 - Blackjack Barry and Roulette Rob. 49:20 - “Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh jogging.” 57:48 - The ‘cooler’ they get, the more ridiculous they look. 1:00:17 - Canada. 1:05:39 - What’s Renner doing in this? 1:09:26 - That escalated so quickly! 1:14:53 - Little old lady does Ice Cube.
Just another one of those films that has some good moments but all in all doesn’t add up to a good comedy. I think Poehler and Ferrell could have had some good chemistry but they didn’t really have the script beneath them to get it working properly. Their relationship with their daughter was weird, so as a fundamental plot point, it gets things off to a rocky start.
I like the drone moment, and Jason Mantzoukas stole a lot of the scenes he was in, plus bonus Jeremy Renner was a nice surprise. But otherwise, it was all quite meh.