The House of Yes (1997)



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This offbeat comedy is an adaptation of Wendy MacLeod's play about the affluent, dysfunctional Pascal family as they prepare for a Thanksgiving dinner. The mentally disturbed daughter (Parker Posey), who identifies with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, has been involved in an incestuous relationship with her twin brother Marty (Josh Hamilton) for years. But now Marty is bringing his fiancee Lesley (Tori Spelling) home for the holidays to meet his family, including his sister, his twisted mother (Genevieve Bujold), and his younger brother (Freddie Prinze Jr.). After the electricity goes out, tensions escalate. Parker Posey won the 1997 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award.
R (for language, perverse sex-related situations, and an image of violence)
Comedy , Drama
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Parker Posey
as Jackie-O
Geneviève Bujold
as Mrs. Pascal
Rachael Leigh Cook
as Young Jackie-O
David Love
as Young Marty
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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (10)

Bujold has the frazzled hauteur of an aging, neglected star, and Spelling is nicely glazed, studiously artless. But the film is keyed to Posey's performance: perfectly brittle, faultlessly false.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
TIME Magazine
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[Waters] manages to open up the text while maintaining its perilous mix of arch wit, pathos and suspense.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
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There's something quite lethal about Parker Posey in pearls, and for that inspiration director Mark Waters deserves our gratitude.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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This is a definitive Posey performance: wide-eyed, smiling and ultrafeminine, but plastic and cold as a store mannequin.

July 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Presumably it worked far better onstage, where MacLeod's absurdist tale and self-conscious, Beckett-like wordplay probably found a friendlier context.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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When the film was over I was not particularly pleased that I had seen it; it was mostly behavior and contrivance. While it was running, I was not bored.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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"The House of Yes" is a little gem of an indie film, which alternates between crass satire and dark comedy with seeming ease. The set-up of the film has us transported to a family manor on the outskirts of Washington D.C. where Jackie-O, her brother Anthony, and their mother await the arrival of Jackie's twin, Marty, and his fiancee, Lesly. These WASPs turn out to be some of the sickest people around, as they hide secrets, manipulate each other, incite violence, and revel in their insanity. Jackie-O especially has problems coping with her brother's relationship, and her jealousy is evident from their very first meeting. Though the plot of this film is nearly nonexistent at times, it's the characters that we really care about, or more aptly, whether or not Jackie-O will manipulate and seduce her brother like she once has before. This film is quite dark, but also quite inspired. It's uncomfortably funny, in the darkest possible terms, and features some great performances, especially Parker Posey, Queen of Indies. A must see for nineties indie junkies, and Parker Posey's minions.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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It's scary how believably Marty (and the viewer) gets sucked into the hermetically loving vacuum of family.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

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This film didn't do much for me. A brother comes home with his finance to meet his family, a sister who thinks she is Jackie Kennedy and is in love (More then Brother Sister type love) with her brother, flips out and tries to do away with the fiancée. Its from the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival. One of the few not so good movies from this festival, but you might find it enjoyable and funny. Me well I can only muster up 2 1/2 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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