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"THE HOUSE"
(2017) (Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler) (R)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Extreme
Blood/Gross Stuff Heavy
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Mild
Gun/Weapons Heavy
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Moderate
Music (Scary/Tense) Mild
Music (Inappropriate) Extreme
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Extreme
Smoking Minor
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: A suburban mom and dad open up an illegal neighborhood casino for a month to try and raise enough money to pay for their daughter's college education.
PLOT:
Scott (WILL FERRELL) and Kate (AMY POEHLER) are good and loving parents to recent high-school graduate, Alex (RYAN SIMPKINS). Alex is accepted into Bucknell University, and all concerned believed she was going to get a full scholarship from their local town council. But council member Bob Schaefer (NICK KROLL) is corrupt and has used the funds for a flashy community pool and on expensive gifts and meals for fellow official Dawn (ALLISON TOLMAN), who he's having an affair with.

Meanwhile, Scott and Kate's good friend, Frank (JASON MANTZOUKAS), is going through a divorce due to his gambling and pornography addictions. His wife, Raina (MICHAELA WATKINS), has left him and taken most of the furniture. With his house in foreclosure, he and Scott and Kate get the brilliant idea to turn his near-empty house into an underground casino, complete with slot machines, table games, a bar, a comedy club, and more. At first, they appeal mostly to their friends and neighbors: rival soccer moms Martha (LENNON PARHAM) and Laura (ANDREA SAVAGE); good-natured salesman Reggie (CEDRIC YARBROUGH); Dawn's clueless husband, Joe (RORY SCOVEL); and so forth.

Eventually, word gets out and people come from all over, bringing their vices like cocaine and marijuana and overall debauchery. Kate develops a pot addiction, Scott takes on an enforcer persona, and local cop Officer Chandler (ROB HUEBEL) starts to get suspicious Eventually, they draw the ire of some real organized criminals who want in on the action.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Teens may be attracted to its action, the R rating, and an appealing cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language throughout, sexual references, drug use, some violence, and brief nudity.


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