‘The House’: A Classic Will Ferrell Comedy | Film Review

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‘The House’: A Classic Will Ferrell Comedy | Film Review


The House is a newly-released comedy starring Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Ryan Simpkins, and Nick Kroll. Directing is Andrew Jay Cohen (known for Neighbors and Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates).


Here’s a synopsis from IMDB just to set the scene: “A dad convinces his friends to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife spend their daughter’s college fund”.


First off, if you have seen any of Will Ferrell’s films, you’ll know what to expect. There are plenty of jokes and scenes that will make you love Ferrell, and Amy Poehler as his wife adds value to this pretty decent comedy with her cool lines and acting. Ferrell and Poehler play hilarious parents to their young daughter who actually seems more mature than they do, as is typical of comedies that revolve around parents and their children.


The person who gets a lot of laughs is Jason Mantzoukas. He’s a really funny guy and it seems like he is made for such films. I believe that this trio of actors made the film great, and if one of them were missing then it wouldn’t have been as funny. I laughed out loud, especially at “the Butcher” scenes as I felt they were depicted in a humourous and authentic way.


I definitely feel like my ninety minutes were well-spent watching this. It was by no means a masterpiece (after all, it’s a light-hearted comedy), but as I said, it’s a decent watch with plenty of laugh out loud moments. The humour flows very well and seems effortless to boot.


The concept of running an in-house casino is not too far fetched, and it pays amusing homage to Martin Scorsese‘s iconic film, Casino.


All in all, the main cast are amusing with a fantastic delivery and if I were to rate this film, I would score it a of 6.5 out of 10.


The House is out in cinemas now and if you’d like a glimpse of it, watch the official trailer below:




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