The House (NC16)
Starring Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler
Directed by Andrew Jay Cohen
Ferrell and Poehler may be the headliners — as cash-strapped parents trying to send their kid to college — but it’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Jason Mantouzaks who steals the thunder as their friend who suggests turning his pad into a mini-integrated resort (replete with a strip joint and a fight club).
The movie is really one big excuse for comedians (hello, Nick Kroll and Michaela Watkins) to goof around and improvise like crazy. (The cameo by a certain Avenger is pretty funny too.) I’m pretty sure there’s a three-hour gag reel (including Mariah Carey’s cut cameo) collecting dust somewhere in the studio vault. (***)