THE HOUSE

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Di­rected by An­drew Jay Co­hen. Star­ring Will Fer­rell, Amy Poehler, Ja­son Mant­zoukas, Nick Kroll, Jeremy Ren­ner

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House feels like the re­sult of ter­mi­nal cre­ative panic. The writ­ers have sad­dled the team with a cen­tral con­cept that sim­ply isn’t funny: a fi­nan­cially em­bar­rassed cou­ple turn their house into a casino to help pay for their daugh­ter’s tu­ition fees. Fer­rell and Poehler im­pro­vise fu­ri­ously to make deeply wit­less plot swerves seem vaguely amus­ing. Maybe it will be fun­nier in slow mo­tion (it won’t). Noth­ing works. Well, at least it’s short. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 88 min

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