But that’s the type of stupid characters we’re dealing with. It’s not like in Dumb and Dumber where the joke is how the protagonists can barely function in society. The couple in this film have a daughter, friends, corporate jobs, and a big house (which begs the question of why they don’t just sell it). It’s Griswoldesque—which is one of the reasons the Vacation series doesn’t hold up well today.
Luckily The House has more breadth to the story, thank goodness. Actually, quite a lot more. The town they live in is full of interesting characters who all have issues and come to this casino to blow off steam.
No scenes really get dragged out for too long, like a lot of comedies of that time (4 years ago) tend to do. The runtime is brisk, even though a lot seems to happen.
The House won’t go down as one of the greatest comedies of its era, but it will definitely be worth watching a few times over.