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With: Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Tori Spelling, Freddie Prinze Jr., Genevieve Bujold, Rachael Leigh Cook
Written by: Mark Waters, based on a play by Wendy MacLeod
Directed by: Mark Waters
MPAA Rating: R for language, perverse sex-related situations, and an image of violence
Running Time: 85
Date: 10/10/1997

The House of Yes (1997)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Wacky Jackie

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Based on a play by Wendy MacLeod, The House of Yes (1997) is set in 1983, when Marty Pascal (Josh Hamilton) brings his fiancée Lesly (Tori Spelling) home to meet his supremely dysfunctional family on Thanksgiving. There's his odd mother (Genevieve Bujold) and his fresh-faced younger brother Anthony (Freddie Prinze Jr.), but the center of the house is Marty's twin sister Jackie (Parker Posey), who is obsessed with Jackie Kennedy as well as with her brother.

Over the course of a night, a thunderstorm, and several bottles of rum, many old, dark, and twisted family secrets come out, as well as some new ones. There's not much Thanksgiving feasting here, unless you count Ms. Posey's amazing scenery chewing; she's irresistibly, dangerously kooky (she won an acting prize at Sundance). Rachael Leigh Cook plays the young Jackie in flashbacks. It was the debut feature of director Mark Waters (Mean Girls).

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