All bets are on in this trailer for The House

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1. Software that is hastily made, without proper testing, and ‘shoveled’ down consumers throats in order to make some quick cash.

2. Software that is preloaded onto a computer, that does nothing but slow down performance and does nothing beneficial, but is added in order to increase price or add appeal into purchasing a computer.

I think definition 1. here works best. I honestly don’t know where the money comes from to constantly produce movies like this new  ‘comedy’ from Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler. The House looks like a few writers sat down, hit something hard, wrote down some ideas, threw them into a bucket and boom, you have a new Will Farrell movie. So what’s it about?

After they lose their daughter’s college fund, a couple (Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler) start an illegal casino in their basement to try to earn it back.

Directed by Andrew Jay Cohen, who co-wrote Bad Neighbours with Brendan O’Brien, a movie that wasn’t THAT bad, The House promises to leave your memory the moment your money leaves your pocket. Have a watch of the trailer and see what you think:


I always cringe when there are scenes that the writers and director (in this case, both) think are extremely funny and they are as funny as Trevor eating soap. I am pretty sure that it will attract some people, after all The Office Party managed to bring in $114.5 million off a budget of $45 million so, much like the Madea movies, someone watches them.

I really long for a new movie where Will Ferrell shines again. He has made some great comedies but these days misses rather than hits the mark. As for Amy Poehler, I’ve never been a huge fan of her overly slapstick antics. I think that may just be because she hasn’t used them in the right sort of movie. Is this the right sort, I don’t think so.

You can spend your money on The House on 30 June.

Last Updated: February 17, 2017

Nick Reay

I have been an avid fan of movies ever since I discovered Santa Clause wasn't real, a day marked in my memory by my first viewing of It's a Wonderful Life, which wasn't so wonderful that day. Since then I've watched thousands of movies and even fooled my parents into putting me through uni to get a degree in the subject. I first started writing as a journalist for The South African Newspaper before moving onto communications for an NGO trying to save the planet. Unfortunately my recommendations to the CEO that we should all don rings imbued with the powers of earth, fire, wind, water and HEART went unheard. Now I pretend the end isn't nigh by hiding in movies.

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