Blu-ray Review: The House
When discussing the names Ferrell and Poehler one can assume that the term “phoned in” would never apply to either, much less both at once. The veteran SNL duo has amassed quite a few memorable characters over the years, so it is indeed surprising that a seemingly safe bet on The House would end in a bust.
And while the two comedy titans – aided aptly by a stellar supporting cast led by Jason Mantzoukas – aren’t wholly responsible for the flops of The House, the high energy, comedic timing, and laugh-per-minute ratios are uncharacteristically down, replaced by a stunted pace, stale jokes, and bland amusement. Granted, the film does provide sporadic laughs, just not the quantity or quality a superb comedic cast such as this is known for. Both Ferrell and Poehler hide within themselves dozens of outlandishly opulent characters, none of which came out to cash in for this film.
It seems that the true comedy of this film might live in its extras menu, as several features include material far funnier than that of the film. Highlights of this material include the features Playing with a Loaded Deck – a bombastic behind-the-scenes romp with much of the cast – and a superb Gag Reel that is chock full of material that; perhaps, might have made the film more tolerable. The extras menu also offers a fun look at the rather literal making of The House and its trappings, as well as a scattering of Deleted Scenes and a Line-O-Rama feature.
So, while the bright lights and big rollers of Vegas might have been the inspiration, it mostly culminates in sheer frustration as The House limps in rather than going all in.
Studio Synopsis: When Scott and Kate Johansen’s daughter gets into the college of her dreams, it’s cause for celebration. That is, until Scott and Kate (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) learn that the scholarship they were counting on didn’t come through, and they’re now on the hook for tuition they can’t begin to afford. With the help of their friend and neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas—also in need of a major payday—they decide to open an illegal casino in his suburban house, risking everything together on a Vegas-style bacchanal where money flows, inhibitions are checked at the door, and all bets are off.
Studio: Warner Bros.
Running Time: 88 minutes
Number of Discs: 2
– The House: Playing with a Loaded Deck: Pranks, practical jokes, and unpredictability. Watch Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, and a full house of all-star comedians go all in during this hilarious and highly inappropriate look backstage that you won’t be able to unsee.
– If You Build The House They Will Come: Discover how the cast and crew transformed an ordinary quiet suburban house to a full-blown underground Vegas-style casino complete with high-roller tables, a pool party and Fight Night, and how the cast went to poker school, learning to place their bets from the pros.
– Deleted Scenes
– Extended/Alternate Scenes
– Gag Reel
Cast: Will Ferrell | Amy Poehler | Jason Mantzoukas | Ryan Simpkins | Nick Kroll | Rob Huebel | Rory Scovel | Cedric Yarbrough | Kyle Kinane
Director: Andrew Jay Cohen
Central Writers: Brendan O’Brien | Andrew Jay Cohen
Box Office Release: June 30, 2017
DVD/Blu-ray Release: October 10, 2017
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE
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