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The House of Yes

The House of Yes (1997)
The House of Yes poster Rating: 6.7/10 (6,595 votes)
Director: Mark Waters
Writer: Wendy MacLeod (play), Mark Waters (adaptation)
Stars: Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Tori Spelling, Freddie Prinze Jr.
Runtime: 85 min
Rated: R
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released: 10 Oct 1997
Plot: A mentally unbalanced young woman (who thinks she's Jackie Kennedy) flips into a murderous rage when her brother returns home to reveal he's engaged.

There are many examples of the greatness of indie darling Parker Posey‘s run of whip smart comedies from the 90s, but House of Yes is the peak. Mark Waters‘ (Mean Girls) adaptation of Wendy MacLeod‘s Off Broadway play is a hilarious, diabolical spin on the famous woman-driven-mad plays like A Streetcar Named Desire. And Posey is absolute perfection: she’s composed, well-spoken, but completely unhinged when truthy things are spoken about. “If everyone around here is going to start telling the truth, I’m going to bed,” says the delusional but still delightful Jackie-O Pascal (Posey) to her brother’s new, holiday-surprise fiance (Spelling). Jackie and her older brother (Hamilton) had an unhealthy obsession with JFK and Jackie-O and used to recreate some of their most famous moments on film (such as Jackie giving a tour of the White House in a pink dress with a pill hat and pearl necklace). And just like the United States lost its innocence with his assassination, Jackie lost her innocence while dressed up as Jackie, and never really recovered. But there’s a holiday storm with rain, thunder, a mother dolling out pills (Bujold) and a younger brother who seems to’ve never left the family estate (Prinze, Jr), so with some wine and sleeplessness, the truth it indeed shall come out! — Brian Formo

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