Saturday, April 6, 2013

THE HOUSE OF YES (1997)

Adapted from the play of the same name THE HOUSE OF YES is about a college student, Marty, who brings his fiancee home to meet his family...his very disturbed family.  His little brother who plays at being innocent, but is quite manipulative, his mother who lives in a fantasy world and is very protective of his sister, Jackie-O, who as you can guess is obsessed with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  So much so that when her and Marty were younger they would dress up like John and Jackie and reenact the JFK assassination before making sweet brother-sister love.  Did I also tell you they were twins?  Yeah, that only adds to the level of weirdness in this home.

Set entirely in just a couple of rooms and with only a cast of 5 characters THOY doesn't have a whole lot going on.  It's almost like a short story, but like any good short story it quickly gets deep into the inner workings of each characters personality and it stays with you long after you're done. 

Beautiful house, excellent script rich in quotable lines, quick pace, perfect clothing, bizarre sexual proclivities, outstanding acting especially by Parker Posey because pretty much the entire film rides on how she portrays her mental illness and a surprisingly non-irritating acting job by Tori Spelling.  And while we're talking about surprises I thought Freddie Prinze Jr. did a fine job also as the younger brother.  The only thing I would change would be the intimate moment on the sofa would have been more graphic.

One of the better 90's art house films.  Highly recommended.