Be it on cinema or the small screen, we’ve seen parents go to extraordinary lengths to ensure their nearest and dearest aren’t left strapped for cash. Some, like Walter White, dive headfirst into a criminal underworld in order to amass a small fortune, while others break the law in order to set up a fully functioning casino in their basement.
Toss in SNL cohorts Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler to the latter proposition and you’ll get a gist of The House, New Line and director Andrew J. Cohen’s upcoming comedy that has now unveiled its rip-roaring first trailer. Channeling their chemistry from working together on Blades of Glory, Ferrell and Poehler lead the charge as two parents struggling to make ends meet, and after losing their daughter’s precious college fund, they become desperate – so desperate, in fact, that they’re willing to bet big and go to the absolute extremes in order to secure four years’ worth of tuition fees in only a month. Cue the illicit shenanigans.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“After Scott and Kate Johansen (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) lose their daughter Alex’s college fund, they become desperate to earn it back so she can pursue her dream of attending a university. With the help of their neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), they decide to start an illegal casino in the basement of his house.”
The House, also starring Jason Mantzoukas (How to Be Single), Allison Tolman, Sam Richardson, and Rob Huebel (Baywatch), will swing its doors open on June 30th. As things stand, Andrew J. Cohen’s directorial debut will go up against Despicable Me 3, Amityville: The Awakening, and Sofia Coppola’s period drama, The Beguiled.