Fourth of July weekend is kicking off with a bang as two family-friendly comedies are hitting the box office today. And since they are all starring Saturday Night Live alum, you might as well call it a box office reunion (or battle depending on how you look at it).
Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s The House promises big laughs as the two Saturday Night Live alum portray The Johansens, two dedicated parents who open up an illegal gaming operation in their suburban house in order to pay for the daughter’s sky-high college tuition.
“I really like being with my kids,” said Poehler to Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier. “And what we love about this couple is that they really love being around their daughter.”
Only parents truly know what great lengths one will go to in order to see their child succeed and this film provides comic relief for all moms and dads out there who have ever felt the pain in their pocketbooks related to educational expenses and child rearing in general.
This over-the-top comedy is Farrell and Poehler’s first big-screen pairing, so leave the kiddos at home, folks, and enjoy the R rated laughs—you deserve it!
It’s sibling rivalry in the minion manor as the loveable grump Gru (voiced by SNL aum Steve Carrell) meets his long-lost twin brother Dru (also voiced by Steve Carrell), who is a charming, cheerful and more successful version of himself.
But the rivalry fizzles and a true bond forms between the brothers when Gru and Dru band together to bring down "Bad Boy" Balthazar Bratt (voiced by Trey Parker). The brat Bratt is an annoying 80s icon with a killer electric guitar strum.
And just how does Carrell pull off playing two sparring brothers?
“Dru has a higher-pitched voice and he’s a little sillier,” said the versatile comic to Entertainment Tonight.
The animated feature film also stars the voice talents of yet another SNL all-star. Kristin Wiig plays Dru's incredibly wise, witty and fearless wife Lucy.
Prepare to get the big tub of popcorn and a box of Buncha Crunch for this one, moms, because Despicable Me 3 (rated PG) is one the entire family can enjoy.
Markette Sheppard is host of Great Day Washington, the lifestyle morning show on WUSA 9. She is also a wife, mother of a rambunctious 3-year-old and avid movie lover. You can see more of her film previews and reviews weekdays at 9 am.