The House DVD review

The House is a funny and interesting movie which delivers a lot on tense humour scenes. It feels like a “Project X” movie but for middle age people looking to let loose in their own way. With all the elements of a non-stop party that goes wrong such…

The Crit

Cast - 70%
Story - 70%
Music Score - 60%
Effects/Quality - 50%
Originality - 60%

62%

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The House is a funny and interesting movie which delivers a lot on tense humour scenes. It feels like a “Project X” movie but for middle age people looking to let loose in their own way. With all the elements of a non-stop party that goes wrong such as cops, organized crime, gambling, underground fight clubs, drugs and money.

Scott and Kate Johansen’s daughter gets accepted to the college of her dreams. The family starts getting ready for a new chapter in their lives which they have been eagerly preparing for. Unfortunately this all falls apart when the scholarship provided by their municipality is cancelled in the 11th hour.  Not wanting their daughter to be let down and give up on her studies, they try everything they can to obtain the funding to pay for the massive university bills when they run out of options from conventionally obtaining credit they embrace an unimaginable idea to start their own underground Casino. The lifestyle quickly leads to them becoming dangerous suburban crime lords.

The movie tries bringing similar antics of “The Hangover” from Las Vegas to the burbs. It succeeds in being a memorable comedy as the characters are not just having a crazy party adventure for the sake of it but there is an underlying sad truth that exposes the plight of modern parents struggling to pay for their children’s university fees, so the story is not that abstract and you feel invested in these characters. With these elements and motives of government corruption, I really feel it would speak to a South African viewer and not simply be another American comedy that we can’t really identify with.

Additional Information

Reviewed on: DVD
Available on: DVD, Digital
Genre: Comedy
Age Rating: Mature
Estimated RRP: R100+
Release Date: December 2017

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