Chance the Rapper and New York Times critic A.O. Scott agree: The House is funny.
The Chicago rapper came to the defense of the Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell comedy on Friday, slamming critics for dismissing the film earlier this year.
“Yesterday I watched a movie that I never heard of. It had a 17% on @RottenTomatoes … it was funny as f—. Wtf @RottenTomatoes,” Chance wrote.
He later confirmed that movie in question was The House, which starred Poehler and Ferrell as parents who open a casino in their friend’s house to help pay for their daughter’s college tuition.
“Seventeen f—ing percent???” Chance wrote of the film’s Rotten Tomatoes score. “I hope Will and Amy and Nick [Kroll] never see the travesty that is these ‘critics’ reception of this masterpiece.” He also used the defense of The House to throw critics under the bus for previously praising Warren Beatty’s Bulworth, which Chance called a “sh–ty racist unfunny f—ed up ego trip.”
“If the film critics of today can’t find why The House is a comedic delicacy then I don’t wanna hear anymore reviews,” Chance added. “Please accept these [two] hard facts: 1. Most of what I just tweeted was in jest. 2. If you don’t like The House, you are poop.”
Released in June, The House failed to catch on with viewers, earning just $25 million at the domestic box office. It’s perhaps most notable for its failed attempt at a Mariah Carey cameo. “We did some reshoots with a pop star named Mariah Carey. It did not go well,” costar Rob Huebel said earlier this year. “F—ing what is going on with her? It was bananas.” (Carey does not appear in the finished film.)
While the overall reviews were terrible, some critics, such as Scott, were pleased with the results. “Based on trailers and the durable, slightly stale charm of its stars, The House might be mistaken for a genial, silly movie about nice people making questionable decisions,” Scott wrote. “Instead, it is a dark, startlingly bloody journey into the bitter, empty, broken heart of the American middle class, a blend of farce and satire built on a foundation of social despair.”