You know that point in his career where Sandler stopped making good movies? It’s pretty universally accepted that it happened right around Little Nicky. I kept on trying to like his movies, but at some point I just had to give up and accept he didn’t have it anymore.
I felt like the same thing kind of happened to Jim Carrey after Cable Guy and Mike Meyers after The Love Guru. It sort of seems like there’s a shelf life, a life cycle even, to a comedy actor's career.
But surely the same couldn’t happen every time right? There must be an occasional exception to the rule, right?
Maybe there is, but I think I can confirm after seeing The House that Will Ferrell isn’t going to be that exception.
I don’t know when he fell off (maybe around Anchorman 2?) but if this is the quality of movie he's going to be content to spew out, Will Ferrell is definitely right in the middle of the crummy twilight of his career.
Luckily I don’t really have to tell people not to go, since there were only 6 other people in the theatre and one guy straight up left half way through… but I’m telling you; this movie isn’t even worth your time on Netflix. Just don’t watch it.
It’s not funny. Period. You could tell right from the get go that Amy Poehler and Ferrell weren’t going to be hitting it out of the park, as they deliver a horrible, under rehearsed, overly improvised bit about dodging aggressive frat boys in the first scene. It’s cringe-worthy.
Then as the movie plods along you’re introduced to unfunny side characters, like the down-in-the-dumps best friend of Will Ferrell (played by “guy you call when you can’t afford Zach Galifianakis” - Jason Mantzoukas) and you realise no one is coming along to save this movie.
Then you get to the meat of the story and they actually start running the casino, and you realise even the fairly decent premise won’t be saving this movie from a total lack of jokes. This was about the point the guy left.
I’m not just being overly critical because I wasn’t in the mood for a comedy, or anything. I started keeping track of how unfunny it was by counting how many theatre-wide laughs the movie managed to get after it received its first one about 20 minutes in… and it got a whopping 5 in an hour and a half. And I’m talking a low laughter bar here; chuckles were enough to break the threshold.
I can’t caution you to stay away from this movie enough. I would, however, like to ask you all to join me in mourning the passing of another great comedy career. Like so many before him, he gave us all great joy, and passed on to terrible movies all too soon. RIP Will Ferrel's career, you will be missed.
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