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The House of Yes

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The House of Yes

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Genevieve Bujold, Josh Hamilton, Parker Posey, Tori Spelling, Rachael Leigh Cook, Freddie Prinze Jr.
director:
Mark S. Waters
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a B-

In a movie year full of dysfunctional Thanksgivings (The Ice Storm, The Myth of Fingerprints), black comedy The House of Yes stood apart on sheer wall-to-wall audacity: from a mordant reenactment of the JFK assassination to the dark family secret buried in the backyard, to the mad, mad daughter (Posey) obsessed with Jackie O. and in love with her twin (Josh Hamilton). Adapted from the Wendy MacLeod play by director Mark Waters, the film retains a theatrical stylization that feels a bit forced, especially on video. But Posey, at least, uses this high pitch to her advantage. Catching lightning in a bottle once again, she makes the movie worth renting even if you’ve already seen it. B-

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