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The House

I love Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, but I dislike how volatile their filmography has been lately (especially Ferrell). It seems as though their films are either awesome or fall flat on their faces. It's almost a relief that The House was somewhere in the middle.

Our dynamic duo play parents to a college bound teen, desperate to figure out a way to finance her education. They're persuaded by a friend (you know the trope, the friend who's always caught up in some hairbrained scheme) to join him in running an underground casino from his home. What could possibly go wrong?

As a film not a lot went wrong, but it didn't go particularly right either. It was watchable, even enjoyable at times, but it lacked that punch that these comedians have been known to bring in the past. Granted, I'd rather they play more grounded characters than go too far out there, but it seemed just a little too safe. Still, a few scattered jokes were very clever, and there was a surprise and very unexpected cameo that I really appreciated. It might not be best to bet on the House, but at least this time you break even.

The House - \m/ \m/ \m/
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