Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Will Ferrell Faces Rare Bomb with “The House”: So Far No One’s Seen It, and No One Will


Tonight in Hollywood, some people– I won’t call them lucky– are finally seeing Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in “The House.” They are among the very few who’ve been exposed to what I hear is a fairly awful comedy. There are no reviews posted even though “The House” opens Friday. No press person in New York seems aware of it.

Recently, Ferrell– to get some press for what looks like a turkey– threw Mariah Carey under the bus saying she’d been cut out of the film for being a diva. But really, her complaint– that they not shoot her (like with a gun)– seemed pretty normal. I think she dodged a bullet not being in the movie.

Last fall, I told you they were doing massive re-shoots on “The House,” throwing in guest stars because the movie itself was a dud.

Right now, there are reviews up for all of Friday’s movies except “The House.” And those movies are all terrific. “Baby Driver” leads the pack, and everyone wants to see “The Big Sick.” For Warners, which has “The House,” “Wonder Woman” is so huge none of this matters.

Funny thing: when a movie is good, we know all about it well in advance. Both “Spider Man: Homecoming” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” are like that, and they don’t open until next month!

For Will Ferrell, “The House” will be a rare flop. Movies in which he headlines tend to be hits. His last one was “Daddy’s Home” in December 2015– a $100 mil plus hit. That same year he also had “Get Hard.” I’m a big fan of “The Other Guys.” His misses are usually ones in which he’s featured as a bit player (“Zoolander 2”). He hasn’t had a big flop since 2009’s “Land of the Lost.”

As for Amy Poehler, everyone loves her. This will just pass. On Seth Meyer’s “Late Night” last week — on which she talked hilariously about everything else in the world– she barely mentioned the film. It must be terrible.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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