The House of Yes

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  • Summary: All Marty (Hamilton) wants is a normal life, but nothing goes as planned when his fiancée (Spelling) meets his far-from-normal family. (Miramax)

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. But it is bright, smart, sometimes wickedly funny, and crisply performed to the point where the acting seems richer than the script.
  2. The House of Yes is knowingly overripe, a kitsch melodrama that dares to make incest sexy.
  3. 75
    The House of Yes is what happens when a film takes the dysfunctional family melodrama to its farthest reaches. It's a bold, gutsy movie that's definitely not for everyone.
  4. 60
    For all its talk about sex, incest, insanity and the gory details of the Kennedy assassination, Mark Waters' adaptation of Wendy MacLeod's play doesn't really amount to much more than a lurid, thoroughly enjoyable little pot-boiler.
  5. Stylized dialogue tends to play awkwardly onscreen -- we're conditioned to naturalistic conversation in films -- and Waters, who makes his feature directing debut with The House of Yes, fails to create an emotional tone or attitude to match the characters' goofy repartee.
  6. The House of Yes was adapted from a play by Wendy MacLeod. And the movie, with its brittle, outrageous dialogue has a shrill stagy feel. That would be fine, if the dialogue sustained the stylish crackle of a drawing-room comedy gone berserk, but there are many gaping holes between the funny moments.
  7. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    With its Rocky Horror meets Camelot aura, this little black movie reeks of self-satisfied smugness and pretentious perversity as only a Sundance Festival favorite can -- especially one that squanders the considerable quirky charms of indie-film darling Parker Posey. [10Oct1997 pg 04.D]

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