IF YOU CAN’T BEAT THE HOUSE, BE THE HOUSE.
When they lose a scholarship program that was supposed to fund their daughter’s education, the Johansens (Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler) get involved with a friend’s plans for an underground casino… An unexpectedly weak and lazy comedy, considering the presence of two likable and funny stars. Pretty much an excuse to see boring suburbanites lose control, but much of the hysteria that arises at the casino is more silly than hilarious. Everybody’s working hard for such a meager reward, but Jason Mantzoukas is a standout as the friend with a gambling addiction.
2017-U.S. 88 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Andrew Jay Cohen. Cast: Will Ferrell (Scott Johansen), Amy Poehler (Kate Johansen), Jason Mantzoukas (Frank Theodorakis), Ryan Simpkins, Nick Kroll, Allison Tolman… Jeremy Renner.
Trivia: Co-produced by Ferrell and Adam McKay.