The House is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Andrew J. Cohen, who co-wrote it with Brendan O’Brien. The film stars Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Ryan Simpkins, Nick Kroll, Allison Tolman, Michaela Watkins and Cedric Yarbrough. Principal photography began on September 14, 2015, in Los Angeles. The film was released on June 30, 2017, by Warner Bros. Pictures, received negative reviews from critics and has grossed $9 million. After losing their daughter’s college scholarship, husband and wife Scott (Ferrell) and Kate (Poehler) team up with their neighbors to start an illegal casino in their basement to raise money to pay for their daughter’s tuition.
- Will Ferrell as Scott Johansen, husband of Kate and father of Alex .
- Amy Poehler as Kate Johansen, the wife of Scott and Alex’s mother
- Jason Mantzoukas as Frank Theodorakis, Scott’s best friend and Raina’s husband with a serious gambling problem and who gives the couple the idea to start a casino.
- Nick Kroll as Bob Schaeffer, a crooked City Hall council member and man who creates trouble for Kate and Scott when he finds out about their gambling ring.
- Jeremy Renner as Tommy
- Ryan Simpkins as Alex Johansen, Scott and Kate’s daughter
- Allison Tolman as Dawn Mayweathe, Scott and Kate’s financial advisor.
- Michaela Watkins as Raina Theodorakis, Frank’s wife, who’s separated from Frank due to his heavy gambling problem and now wants him to sign divorce papers.
- Cedric Yarbrough as Reggie Henderson, a hardworking suburban resident who starts gambling in the new casino to de-stress.
- Andy Buckley as Craig
- Andrea Savage as Laura
- Rob Huebel as Officer Chandler, a police officer and gambler in the illegal casino.
- Jessie Ennis as Rachel, Alex’s wild best friend
- Frank Gerrish as Butcher
- Lennon Parham as Martha, a woman who gets a little too caught up in the Las Vegas-style lifestyle that emerges in the neighborhood
- Steve Zissis as Carl Shackler
- Wayne Federman as Chip Dave
- Rory Scovel as Joe
- Kyle Kinane as Garvey
- Sam Richardson as Marty
- Christina Andrea Offley as Davida
- Gillian Vigman as Becky
- Alexandra Daddario as Corsica
- Randall Park as Wall Street Guy – Buckler
On February 25, 2015, it was announced that New Line Cinema had won an auction for the comedy script The House written by Brendan O’Brien and Andrew J. Cohen, and that Cohen would make his directorial debut with the film. Will Ferrell would star as a husband who teams up with his wife and neighbors to start an illegal casino in his basement to earn money, after he and his wife lose their daughter’s college scholarship. Ferrell and Adam McKay would produce through Gary Sanchez Productions along with Good Universe and O’Brien. Amy Poehler joined the cast of the film on June 12, 2015, to play Ferrell’s character’s wife. On June 16, 2015, Jason Mantzoukas joined the cast to play Ferrell’s character’s best friend who’s dealing with a serious gambling problem and who gives the couple the idea to start a casino. On August 28, 2015, Ryan Simpkins was added to the cast to play Ferrell and Poehler’s characters’ daughter. On September 15, 2015, Cedric Yarbrough signed on to play Reggie Henderson, a hardworking suburban resident who starts gambling in the new casino to de-stress. Frank Gerrish also joined the film. On September 18, 2015, Rob Huebel was added to the cast of the film as a gambler in the illegal casino. On September 21, 2015, Allison Tolman and Michaela Watkins were added to the cast, with Tolman playing a financial advisor and Watkins playing Mantzoukas’ character’s wife, who wants him to sign divorce papers. Nick Kroll also joined the cast. Mariah Carey was supposed to have a cameo in the film but was kicked off set due to what co-star Rob Hubel called “multiple unrealistic demands”.
Principal photography on the film began on September 14, 2015, in Los Angeles.
The House was released on June 30, 2017, which Warner Bros. moved from the June 2, 2017, date.
As of July 2, 2017, The House has grossed $9 million in the United States and Canada and $2.7 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $11.7 million, against a production budget of $40 million.
In North America, The House opened alongside Despicable Me 3 and Baby Driver as well as the wide expanse of The Beguiled and was projected to gross $10–14 million from 3,134 theaters in its opening weekend. The film made $3.4 million on its first day (including $800,000 from Thursday night previews). It went on to open to $9 million, marking the lowest studio debut of Ferrell’s career.
On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 17% based on 33 reviews, with an average rating of 3.4/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “The House squanders a decent premise and a talented cast on thin characterizations and a surfeit of funny gags.” On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 31 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating “generally unfavorable reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “B–” on an A+ to F scale