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As parents, I think it’s safe to say that we all want the best for our children. We look back at our own childhoods and the things we always wanted but never had…and we make a vow that when we have kids, we will give them everything we can possibly can. But sometimes…sometimes we take that too far, and sometimes perhaps we don’t even really take it that far, but it backfires on us. The new movie THE HOUSE, starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, opens in theaters nationwide on June 30th, is about just that – the lengths parents are willing to go through for their kids.
After Scott and Kate Johansen (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) lose their daughter Alex’s college fund, they become desperate to earn it back so she can pursue her dream of attending a university. With the help of their neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), they decide to start an illegal casino in his house.
Can you imagine?! I wouldn’t know the first thing about opening an illegal casino in my house…but then again, we parents do some crazy things for the sake of our children!
I love to travel, and I love to take Angeline traveling with me – she’s been my favorite traveling companion since she became a teenager and was old enough to really appreciate the places I was taking her to, and the things we were doing.
Of course, it’s always more expensive to travel with a companion, especially one who doesn’t have a job and can’t pay their own way. Just recently, I was invited to go to Bucharest for a travel conference and city experience. I’d never been to Romania before, and neither had Angeline. Of course I had to take her with me…but tickets were upwards of $800, and work has been really slow lately. Clearly, my 19 year old daughter can’t afford international flights, so it was up to me to foot the bill.
So I sold off some of my most beloved Disney collectibles on eBay – basically I sold a kidney, they meant that much to me – and raised enough money to be able to afford the flights.
The day of the trip, Angeline had a meltdown about leaving her “hubby” (she’s engaged) and her new puppy. She showed up to the airport IN TEARS.
Yes, I am a mean, horrible mother and forced her to take a photo at the airport anyway, and threatened to disown her if she didn’t get on that plane. She may or may not have blackmailed me into setting up an international data plan for her phone so that she could text her fiance while away for the ten day trip.
Bucharest was an amazing trip, and then we hopped on a cheapo airline to head to Athens, a city I’d been to before, but she hadn’t. As soon as we checked into our hotel (which, remember, I’d been selling off part of my collection in order to afford this trip, so it’s not like we were staying at the Hilton), which was a bare basics place with a shared bathroom with 3 other rooms.
Then her international data plan wasn’t working properly and she couldn’t text her fiance. EVEN MORE HYSTERICS.
I’d spent all of this money – money that I didn’t really have – in order to be able to take my baby girl on this amazing adventure, and she was crying in the hotel room about not being able to text her boyfriend. It was to the point that I was looking up flights to send her home to Miami in the morning. Yeah, it was that bad.
But then suddenly, her phone began working, and I took her outside for some fresh air and she realized that this cheapo hotel I’d booked? It was sitting in front of the Acropolis. Just five minutes prior, she was sobbing uncontrollably about hating Greece and wanting to go home…and then this.
A gyro. That’s all it took to totally change her attitude about the entire trip. Seriously, they say that the way to a man’s heart is through their stomach, but apparently it’s also the way to a teenage girl’s heart…
The rest of the trip went off without a hitch, we wandered the streets, we saw the sights, and I took Angeline to the Temple of Poseidon, her favorite Greek God.
Having kids makes us do crazy things…but it’s all worth it in the end, isn’t it?
The comedy “The House” also stars Nick Kroll (“Vacation,” TV’s “Kroll Show”), Allison Tolman (TV’s “Fargo”), Michaela Watkins (TV’s “Transparent”), Ryan Simpkins (“Arcadia”), Jessie Ennis (TV’s “Veep” and “Better Call Saul”), Rob Huebel (“Horrible Bosses 2,” TV’s “Transparent”), Cedric Yarbrough (TV’s “Reno 911!”) and Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Town,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Arrival”).
With an all-star cast including some of my favorite actors such as Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Nick Kroll, Cedric Yarbrough and Jeremy Renner, THE HOUSE is sure to be one of the funniest movies we’ll see all year!
Take a look at THE HOUSE movie trailer to get an idea of the hilarity that ensues during their escapades!
THE HOUSE is in theaters nationwide on June 30!