It's not so much surprising that The House's one-note joke premise is unfunny, but to the extent at which it feels like a half-hearted compilation of lame Vine videos and outtakes is astonishing. Will Ferrell continues his streak of loser comedies dating back to Anchorman 2, while Amy Poehler contemplates what else she could be doing in a film that doesn't even have the guts to make a social satire out of its premise
Unable to operate as a proper film on so many levels - the structure and flow of a typical narrative is almost completely absent. The whole first half of the film is haphazardly pasted scenes and when a new scene starts it takes so much time to adjust. It's hard to sympathize with characters and their motivations when the reasons behind them are essentially quickly skimmed over in the setup.