Ladies and gentlemen, we have a front-runner for biggest summer comedy. The House, starring Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell (and a bunch of other hilarious faves), is the story of suburban parents who realize they don’t have the cash to send their daughter to her dream college, so they try to get rich quick by opening a casino in their basement. Small-time crime in the name of a young woman’s education? We are very much into it.
Check out the trailer, below:
It’s worth noting that this is the first time in a long time that Ferrell will co-headline a movie with a female comedian of Poehler’s caliber. Sometimes Ferrell’s the main star, sometimes he’s part of an ensemble that includes a love interest or wife (who is almost always blonde, for some reason), but his bread and butter is films where he goes up against another man in an Odd Couple–type bromance (see: The Campaign, Step Brothers, Blades of Glory, The Other Guys, Get Hard, and Daddy’s Home). Sure, he shared top billing with Nicole Kidman in Bewitched, and sure, Kidman’s a charmer, but that was built more on chemistry than on Kidman as a comedic actress in her own right.
The last time Ferrell had an SNL-tested laugh-out-loud funny female costar was in 1999’s Superstar, starring national treasure Molly Shannon. That movie’s a gas, so our hopes are high for The House. If it’s anything like when Tina Fey and Steve Carrell teamed up in the super fun 2010 flick Date Night, we’re going to be seeing this one a couple of times.
The House is written and directed by Andrew Jay Cohen, whose other credits include work on Neighbors, Neighbors 2, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. So, he’s basically an expert on suburban chaos. And thank God, because we could really use a laugh right now.
The House premieres June 30.
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