The House is an American comedy film that is set to be released in he US, Canada and a number of other countries by the 30th of June 2017 and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The hilarious film is directed by Andrew J Cohen who also co-wrote the script alongside Brendan O’Brien.
The film was produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay through both Gary Sanchez Productions and Good Universe. Cinematography for the film is by Jas Shelton.
The House stars the likes of Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler who had previously starred together in the comedy film Blades of Glory as a pair of figure skaters. Canadian audiences love good comedy, and thaht’s exactly what The House brings.
The two have however never appeared on screen as a married couple before. The rest of the cast include Jason Mantzoukas; Ryan Simpkins; Andy Buckley; Andrea Savage and Cedric Yarbrough amongst others.
The Production of the Film
The script, written by Andrew J Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, was part of an intense auction between various studios.
It was however announced on the 25th of February 2015 that New Line Cinema had won the script of The House in an auction and that co-writer, Andrew J Cohen, would be making his directorial debut.
Will Ferrell was set to star in the film and on the 12th of June 2015 it was announced that Amy Poehler was to star beside him as his wife. All filming took place in Los Angeles, California which began on the 14th of September 2015.
Basic Summary of the Film’s Plot
The basic plot of The House centres on a married couple, played by Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler.
The two end up spending all of the money that they had set aside for their daughter’s college fund and become desperate to make more money.
In order to regain the college fund and make more money, the married couple enlist the help of some of their neighbours and friends and end up opening a less-than-savory casino in their basement.
The Various Characters in the Film
Will Ferrell’s character in The House has a best friend, played by Jason Mantzoukas, who suffers from a long term gambling addiction.
He is the one who initially gives the couple the idea to start the casino in their basement. Michaela Watkins plays the wife of Jason Mantzoukas’s character who is desperate for him to sign divorce papers.
Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s daughter is played by Ryan Simpkins. She is the daughter whose college fund has been squandered by her parents.
Nick Kroll and Frank Gerrish are also cast members who play characters in The House. Allison Tolman plays a financial advisor who is enlisted to assist the couple with their finances.
Cedric Yarbrough joined the cast on the 15th of September 2015 to play Reggie Henderson. Reggie Henderson is a neighbour from the area who is a hardworking man.
He starts to gamble at the casino in the couple’s basement in the hopes that it will help him de-stress from his hard life.
Another regular gambler who frequents the couple’s casino in their basement is played by actor Rob Heubel.
Overall, The House is a fun film to watch on a date or if you just need to pass the time. The only thing I found surprising was that they didn’t start an online no deposit bonus casino instead of a land based on in their basement.
Since its release, The House has a scored an abysmal 19% on Rotten Tomatoes, while The House’s IMDB score remains average at roughly 5.7/10.
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