Rated: R for language throughout, sexual references, drug use, some violence and brief nudity. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: June 30, 2017 Released by: Warner Brothers
Stupid is not funny.
Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler and Jason Mantzoukas participate in as many dumb ugly stunts as possible in a film that attempts to speak about the hight cost of college tuition. The three stars attempt to perform like the Three Stooges and they fall painfully short.
What is available from the script by, Brendan O'Brien and Andrew Jay Cohen might have made a skit on Saturday Night Live but there is no where enough here for a fill length film. Director Jay Cohen does provide some mercy for those watching this mess by limiting the running time to 1 hour and 28 minutes. But that is the only saving grace.
The Johansens (Ferrell and Poehler) have one child and with all their eggs in that one basket it is important for her to get into the college of her choice. When daughter Alex (Ryan Simpkins) is accepted there is joy in the happy household. But when the cooked town moderator has used up the scholarship money on a love affair, the family does not have the $50,000 to pay the tuition.
Their answer is to turn Frank's (Mantzoukas) house into an illegal casino. Paying off the owner of a local store to use his parking lot, a path is developed from there through woods to the entrance of the converted home which is now the most popular entertainment location in town.
As time passes Frank enlarges the scope of the scene adding dancers, boxing and Booz. In the one comical scene a patron who is caught cheating is attacked by the three owners of the make-shift casino and by accident they cut off his finger. The scene is over done with sprays of blood but the accident is a good joke. They are now looked upon as being tough and everyone pays what is owed.
The script is filled with silly activities and dumb dialogue that is not effective. If you go to The House don't expect to be entertained.