If you can’t beat the house, be… The House.
Comedy stalwarts Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler fail to rescue The House, a listless farce about a hapless mom and dad who set up an illegal secret casino with their kooky gambling-addict friend (Jason Mantzoukas) after the town council withdraws their daughter’s university scholarship. Despite their goofy ineptitude, the venture goes surprisingly well – until both the local sheriff (Ryan Simpkins) and a vicious mobster (Jeremy Renner) get wind of what’s going on. The stars play the hands they’ve been dealt as best they can, but the script is so feeble that it’s no wonder the film is a bust.
Certificate 15. Runtime 88 mins. Director Andrew Jay Cohen
Available on DVD & Digital from Warner Bros. Home Video.