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Okay let’s see: We’ve got underground suburban casinos, bathroom nail salons, closet massages, bedroom strip clubs, 11-year-old DJs, living room girl-on-girl MMA fight clubs, Will Ferrell in Italian women’s sunglasses, Amy Poehler in a cocktail dress wielding a flamethrower, and all-around bad math. READ MORE: 2017 Summer Movie Preview: Blockbusters And Beyond You’ll find that and much more in “The House,” the new film from writer and director Andrew Jay Cohen (“Neighbors”), which follows middle-aged parents using somewhat unconventional methods to cover the cost of their daughter’s college tuition. Continue reading Will Ferrell & Amy Poehler Gamble Big In New NSFW Trailer For ‘The House’ at The Playlist.

“Intentionally phony” is one of the hardest tones for a movie to pull off. Wes Anderson can do it, and Jim Jarmusch, Joel and Ethan Coen, and a handful of other filmmakers. Their characters and dialogue are rarely “realistic,” but they fit into a larger vision, and ultimately express something true, no matter how fake they may seem on the surface. Done well, overt artifice can be sublime. Continue reading Michael Cera & Abbi Jacobson Can’t Save The Underbaked ‘Person To Person’ [Sundance Review] at The Playlist.