I went into "The House" expecting it to be a one-note film. I thought all of the funny parts would be in the trailer. I actually ended up enjoying it a lot more than I expected.
At its heart, like most comedy films, this film had a very basic plot. It was predictable, and there were a lot of plot holes and things that just didn't make much sense. That being said, I thought the film redeemed itself because of how funny it was. There are some sex jokes and party jokes, and those were sometimes a little funny, but they were just okay. The parts that I found hilarious were those that involved the darker humor. I am going to sound creepy when I say this, but I don't intend to: I thought that the over-the-top violence was really hilarious. It wasn't necessarily the act that was so funny, but rather the actors' reactions to it, and that's where I thought that the casting really came in.
I thought that the production design of the film was actually decent. They transformed a house into a casino, and it looked impressive. The other technical elements are usually excessive, like unnecessary use of slow-motion. I thought that the casting was head-on. Will Ferrell is usually good, and I felt like he was pretty well-fit to this role because his over-the-top nature translated to the character's development. I am usually very annoyed by Amy Poehler, but I didn't mind her as much in this film because she was given little to do other than drugs. Jason Mantzoukas and Nick Kroll are both very funny in supporting roles, as they usually are.
Overall, even though I know that "The House" isn't the most well-written film, nor is it the most intelligent film, I had a lot of fun watching it. I was expecting unfunny and awful, and I got really funny and okay.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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