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Should you invite your family over to the House of Yes?

 

"House of Yes" (1997)

Parker Posey stars as "Jackie-O" Pascal in this tale of Thanksgiving with a family who have more than one skeleton in the closet. Josh Hamilton, as Jackie-O's brother, has brought his fianceé (Tori Spelling, ugh) to the party and well, let's just say, in the words of Mr. T himself, we pity the fool.

The story, based on a play, is shot entirely in one location and while feature-length, it feels a tad on the short side. The wit is handled well as are the odd conversations which happen throughout. Slowly, we uncover the rotting layers of this family's past and see just how much the onion of their life can stink.

We admit to a certain hesitation when we saw that Freddie Prince Jr. was in this film, but since it doesn't stray far from his usual acting job, he holds his own. Josh Hamilton does a good job, as does Geneviève Bujold as the mother and Bujold leaves us wanting to see more of her after the film is over. Posey is the star of the show and is great as a sister with more than her fair share of issues.

While we hope you can't relate to this family's issues, "House of Yes" has a well-written script and is a dark comedy worth watching - if for anything else to thank Zod you aren't related to these people.

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Credits:

Directed by: Mark Waters
Written by: Mark Water, Play by: Wendy McLeod
Cast: Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Tori Spelling, Freddie Prince Jr., Geneviève Bujold





Source of the Bitter: JAS

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
JAS on Mon, 02/01/2010 - 6:45pm

Agreed on all points! A great tale of a deeply troubled family.

Simon (not verified) on Mon, 02/01/2010 - 12:59pm

Gotta love the dark humour an d zest of this movie. The whole situation is just so off putting, awkward and bizarre, the JFK incident childishly re-enacted as incest ritual being the climax. But strangely endearing as well, Jacky-O is next to spoiled and crazy also a tragic character trapped by her own illusions and her family. This seems true for the entire of family who form a very dysfunctional but co-dependend unit. All this combined by whip smart dialogue which together with the single location betrays its stage play roots. The whole cast carries the talk heavy film well (Although teenage-heart-throb-actor Freddie Prince Jr. is never a real pleasure to watch) especially Posy who imbues her surreal lines with a surprising believability, a superb performance.

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