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The House of Yes (1997)

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A mentally unbalanced young woman - who is convinced she is Jackie Kennedy - flies into a murderous rage when her brother returns home to reveal he is engaged.

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Mark Waters

Writers:

Wendy MacLeod (play), Mark Waters (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Parker Posey ... Jackie-O
Josh Hamilton ... Marty
Tori Spelling ... Lesly
Freddie Prinze Jr. ... Anthony
Geneviève Bujold ... Mrs. Pascal (as Genevieve Bujold)
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Young Jackie-O
David Love David Love ... Young Marty (voice)
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Storyline

'Jackie-O' is anxiously awaiting the visit of her brother home for Thanksgiving, but isn't expecting him to bring a friend. She's even more shocked to learn that this friend is his fiancée. It soon becomes clear that 'Jackie-O's obsession is nothing compared to her obsession with her brother, as it also becomes clear she isn't the only member of the family with problems... Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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Meet Jackie O. She's elegant, glamorous, and well bred. When you've got it all, you can get away with murder. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, perverse sex-related situations, and an image of violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa do Sim See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,266, 12 October 1997

Gross USA:

$626,057

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$626,057
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on Edgar Allen Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher." See more »

Goofs

The amount of wine in Jackie-O's glass varies improbably between shots while Marty is playing the piano. See more »

Quotes

Jackie-O: Marty and I tell each other everything.
Lesly: Everything?
Jackie-O: We're twins.
Lesly: Did he tell you about his other girlfriends?
Jackie-O: Did he tell *you* about his other girlfriends?
Lesly: There was one, he said.
Jackie-O: [eyes open wide] Did he tell you about her?
Lesly: No, what was she like?
Jackie-O: Who?
Lesly: The girl.
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Alternate Versions

Miramax re-released this film on DVD with the alteration of the closing monologue, replacing it with a scream. See more »

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Features A Tour of the White House (1962) See more »

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House of Fun for the sick-minded and perverse
27 January 2004 | by MilesKeatonAndrewSee all my reviews

The House of Yes is one of my personal favorites. Is it creepy? Yes. Is it funny? No - it's hysterical, at least to those of us accustomed to laughing at things you're not supposed to laugh about - like bizarre social taboo. Younger indie fans may not care for this flick, but The House of Yes is not to be compared with the likes of Chasing Amy. For Parker Posey fans, the film is apples to the oranges of Party Girl, Henry Fool, Clockwatchers, etc.

The House of Yes was adapted from Wendy McLeod's play, so it is a dialogue film with its own language - similar to the Coens' Miller's Crossing. As with Miller's Crossing, the snappy dialogue never misses. While watching The House of Yes, I've caught myself rewinding to catch a phrase I missed because I was still laughing a the preceding gag.

Facial closeups dominate this film, and for reason - the actors' expressions are more telling than the dialogue, delivered flawlessly by every member of the crew - looks you could spread onto a cracker, like when Mama (Bujold) warns her son Marty about Jackie-O's mental state: "I'm going to baste the turkey, and hide the kitchen knives."

The film's biggest surprise: Tori Spelling, as a prudish and naiive Pennsylvanian - perhaps her most believable role to date.

If there were a Cooperstown for comedic acting, this film alone puts Parker Posey into the Hall of Fame.

Highly recommended for the sick-minded and perverse.

Miles Keaton Andrew


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