Starring comedic duo Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell, The House follows two parents whose daughter is off to college. After blowing her college fund, Scott (Will Ferrell) and Kate (Amy Poehler) are faced with the daunting task of figuring out how they will finance their daughter’s college fees. After the bank declines their loan application, Scott and Kate decide to start an underground casino, with the hopes of making enough money to fund their daughter’s four years at college.
I’ve got to say that I’ve been a fan of Amy Poehler ever since Mean Girls. I was particularly amped to see this film since she was one of the main characters. After watching the trailer, I thought that the movie looked promising. And, at least for me, the film lived up to my expectations. When it comes to Will Ferrell comedies, you should expect some dry humour, cheesy scenes and, to a certain extent, a predictable storyline. However, all things considered, I found The House to be rather hilarious, despite many other viewers not sharing my sentiment. So, why exactly did the film manage to achieve a measly 18% on Rotten Tomatoes? Let’s take a look at some viewer reviews below.
When comparing different viewer reviews, there are a few commonalities. Firstly, many viewers seem to find that the character development of the film was not very believable. The screenplay starts with Ferrell and Poehler coming across as an average suburban couple. As the story develops, they quickly alter into underworld bosses, before the viewer gets enough understanding of who exactly Scott and Kate are, and what they do for a living. Another well-known critic stated that despite the star-studded cast and appealing storyline (on paper), the film was a huge miss – and in many ways seems like one big wasted opportunity. I was lucky enough to have read these reviews after I watched the film, so my initial opinion was not tainted by them – however, after reading these reviews I couldn’t help but agree. While I initially found the film to be quite entertaining, I couldn’t help but to agree with review critics. And to make matters worse, once you see the awkward interaction and lack of chemistry between Ferrell and Poehler, there is simply no way to unsee it.
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If you’re a fan of light-hearted humour, and you don’t mind a bit of cheese, then The House would be a good pick for a simple Friday night chill. While it is definitely not an Oscar-worthy film, it’s a good choice if you’re looking to lounge around and distract yourself with a carefree comedy. Even though The House definitely doesn’t demonstrate Poehler or Ferrell’s best work, it provides enough entertainment for those of us who don’t mind a bit of cheese in our lives. So, if you’re looking for your next movie night flick, be sure to put this comedic title at the top of your list.
The House has managed to receive a below-average rating of 3.7/10 on the review site Rotten Tomatoes, and an average of B- from audience-review site CinemaScore. While the film may not have been a fan favourite amongst critics, it still managed to receive an award for the 2017 Best Comedy at the Golden Trailer Awards. While reading reviews helps one gain an understanding of the film, you can only really make an informed decision once you have seen it yourself. Whether you’re a fan of Poehler and Ferrell or not, be sure to get The House on DVD – who knows, you may be pleasantly surprised!