The House (2017)

dir. Andrew Jay Cohen. Pleasantly surprising comedy about parents (Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell) who work with a gambling addict neighbour (Jason Mantzoukas) to open an illegal casino in their house to raise money to pay for their daughters education. Simple wacky idea, that has many hilarious moments, and a few flat moments. There are some unexpected moments of violence and gore that seem over the top, but have a payoff at the end. Great to see Jason Mantzoukas as the neighbour, who people might know as Derek from the ‘The Good Place’ TV series, or as Adrian Pimento in ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’. Part of the charm is how they create a full Las Vegas style casino in suburban home, complete with massage parlour, a comedy club, and bars – this had so much more potential, but they don’t spend much time on this sadly.

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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