College is an incredibly important step for future success which is why so many parents are willing to go to extreme lengths to make sure their kids go. The strategy in The House is may be a little too extreme. Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler play parents so desperate for money that they run an underground casino in their home. Needless to say, this idea gets more than a little out of control. Check out the new trailer below.
It's mildly surprising that the daughter in The House was smart enough to make it to college because it turns out her parents are idiots. They don't actually know how much money they have and it's not until their daughter is accepted into a school that they discover that they can't pay for it. Unluckily for them, they have a friend, played by Jason Mantzoukas, who has an idea that will get them the money that they need, run an illegal casino out of their home.
We have to assume they could pay for the first year of college with the money they spend getting their house outfitted with everything it needs to recreate the atmosphere of a Las Vegas casino. The good news is that the casino looks like it will be an early success, however, as time goes on they add more and more to what they're doing, eventually becoming the casino bosses that you tend to see in mobster movies.
If you're fans of Will Farrel and Amy Poehler comedies, The House looks like exactly the sort of movie that will scratch that itch. Both of them are playing the sorts of characters that they're both really good at playing. It would seem that Jason Mantzoukas is playing the straight man who has the ideas and these two will pretty much follow him wherever he takes them. Which, of course, will be the problem.
Based on the amount of investment, combined with property destruction, that we see here we wonder just how much money the casino is actually making here. Of course, if it was that easy, there wouldn't really be much of a movie here.
The House is set for release on June 30. Summer comedies can be very hit or miss when it comes to the box office. Has the movie has not yet been rated it's not clear if the film is shooting for R-rating, as more summer comedies seem to be willing to do, or if it's going for the more general audience PG-13. Will you be trusting The House with your money?