Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The House of Yes

Writing recently about "Happy Tears" gave me pause to think about my trajectory as a Parker Posey fan which began in the mid 90's with "Party Girl". Unfortunately the indie cult status of "Party Girl" means it has a very very very long wait on Blockbuster.com. They might as well admit that it will never ship. However today "The House of Yes" arrived in the mail. This is a brilliant, wicked film that might suffer from the accusation of being pretentious with it's over indulged, privileged characters and lightning fast witty dialogue. The story is that Marty Pascel (Josh Hamilton) has made the unbelievable blunder of bringing his mousey girlfriend (Tori Spelling) home to meet his wealthy, dysfunctional family on the very night they will all be virtually trapped together by a hurricane. The driving force of the family and the movie as a whole is Parker Posey as Marty's sister, Jackie-O. She in step with the weather outside is pretty much an evil, brilliant, psychotic (with the pills to prove it) bitch in a little black dress. An unhealthy obsession with Jackie Onassis and Marty are icing on the cake. Worse yet for the poor girlfriend, once back in the fold, Marty does very little to discourage Jackie-O and ultimately joins in her twisted games. Nothing ends well here unless you see the world through Jackie-O's eyes that is.

I looked for the perfect clip to post. One that might capture the absolute dark comedy and give you permission to laugh through the discomfort. I found one that contains perhaps my favorite line of dialogue ever - "If people are going to start telling the truth around here, I'm going to bed".
If your experience with Parker Posey is one of "You've Got Mail" and "Scream 3" or worse yet "Superman Returns", I suggest taking a trip back to the 90's to see how she earned the title queen of the indies.

2 comments:

Fred said...

Loved "The House of Yes". "Party Girl" was fun, but didn't have the same impact for me. This has inspired me to watch "Fay Grim". Saw "Henry Fool" many days ago.

Mocking Movies said...

Every couple of years I have my own little Parker Posey movie fest and watch my favorites. She is simply fantastic.

 
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