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‘The House’ Trailer: Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell Start a Casino in Their Basement

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The first trailer for The House is about what you’d expect based on the plot description: Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell need to raise money to send their kid to college, so they start an illegal casino / underground fight club in their basement, various hijinks ensue, etc. It looks pleasant enough, and the combo of Poehler and Ferrell (with a handful of other funny people) should make for a solid comedy — though this one looks a bit safe, which is surprising considering that The House comes from the minds behind Neighbors.

Maybe this trailer is hiding all the good stuff; it certainly looks like there could be a surprisingly great comedy in there, but this first preview is very, very green-band. Neighbors writers Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien penned the screenplay for The House, which also marks Cohen’s directorial debut. The movie does seem to have some Neighbors vibes, and it’s hard to not want to see a movie starring Poehler and Ferrell.

The House also has a pretty great supporting cast, including Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, Allison Tolman, Michaela Watkins (one of our most vastly underrated comedic actors), Rob Huebel and Jeremy Renner. Here’s the official plot synopsis:

After Scott and Kate Johansen (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) lose their daughter Alex’s college fund, they become desperate to earn it back so she can pursue her dream of attending a university. With the help of their neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), they decide to start an illegal casino in the basement of his house.

The House arrives in theaters on June 30.

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