The trailer for New Line’s casino comedy The House proclaims that all bets are off, but despite Will Ferrell’s mixed track record when it comes to summer comedies, I’m willing to bet this movie will be closer to Anchorman, Step Brothers and Talladega Nights than to Land of the Lost, Bewitched or The Campaign.
Ferrell and his former SNL cohort Amy Poehler star as parents who begin operating an underground casino out of their basement in order to afford their daughter’s college tuition.
Jason Mantzoukas looks like a major scene-stealer here as the friend who helps them set up shop, and the impressive supporting cast includes Fargo alum Allison Tolman, Casual star Michaela Watkins, the great Steve Zissis (Togetherness) and up-and-coming young actress Ryan Simpkins (Brigsby Bear).
The film marks the directorial debut of Andrew Jay Cohen, who co-wrote the script with his longtime collaborator Brendan O’Brien. They’re the hilarious duo who previously wrote Neighbors and its sequel, as well as Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.
The House hits theaters on June 30 — a plum release date given that its only real competition will be the younger-skewing animated sequel Despicable Me 3, though it does arrive sandwiched between Transformers: The Last Knight (June 23) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7). Hopefully it’ll give those tentpoles a run for their money.
Watch the trailer for The House above and let us know whether you’d rather be caught cheating by Ferrell and Poehler, or by Casino star Robert De Niro.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief