The House Of Yes (1997)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1997.  Bandeira Entertainment, Spelling Films.  Screenplay by Mark Waters, based on the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by ,.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Toronto International Film Festival 1997.  

Strange black comedy that can never decide if it wants to be a full-on political farce or a harmless comedy.   brings new girlfriend  home to meet his wacky Washington family, a group of misfits who live within viewing distance of the White House. His whole clan have a screw loose, including unstable mom (Genevieve Bujold) and thoroughly bent sister (a hilarious ), who goes everywhere dressed like Jackie O.  The troupe is unwelcoming of Spelling as they don’t want to let her in on their family secrets, with things going really overboard when the couple reveal that they are engaged and send Posey into a virulent jealous rage. The trouble with this film is that none of the family secrets revealed in the process are actually worth finding out. Spelling’s charming performance is an asset to this otherwise forgettable experience that is so much less than it should have been. Based on the play by Wendy MacLeod.

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