The House of Yes

Synopsis: '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...
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Mark Waters
Production: Miramax
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

I'll always remember that day.

Marty and I

had just turned 14...

and we went

to an Ides of March party.

I went as Jackie Onassis...

in a pink Chanel suit and a pillbox hat

and blood on my dress.

Well, ketchup, actually,

and other stuff too...

like macaroni

kind of glued on like brains.

It was more tasteful

than it sounds.

Everybody remembers that day,

exactly what they were doing.

Thank you, Mrs. Kennedy,

for showing us your official home.

This is the

White House, the scene from the south lawn.

This is the Pascal house,

as seen from the front lawn.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Mrs. John F. Kennedy.

Where are we now, Mrs. Kennedy?

This is what is known as the Brown Room.

As you can see, there are

many wonderful pieces here.

The style of the room

is dictated by the mantelpiece...

which was the gift of Mrs.

Maurice Knowne from Des Moines, Iowa.

This mantelpiece was donated by Mrs.

Noreen McCune of South Bend, Indiana.

It's really a treasure, and I wish

there were more people like Mrs. Knowne.

I wish we had more people

like Mrs. McCune.

It's through this

door that all the heads of state come.

And here's where

the marine band plays...

and then everyone goes in to dinner

in the state dining room.

- I'm rolling.

- Oh.

This is where

all the state dinners are given.

There were almost two

a month last year.

This is the main dining room,

where we entertain...

visiting heads of state

and their wives.

This room has the most

architectural unity in the White House.

I just think that everything in

the White House should be the best...

so when you find a room

like this, it's wonderful.

There's the China Room

and the Gold Room and the library.

This is the broadcast room. This is the Red

Room. This is the diplomatic reception room.

This is the men's room. This is the Green

Room. This is Lincoln's Cabinet Room.

The most formal room in the

White House... This room used to be...

Every room should have

a turnstile...

His office is really

a chamber of horrors now.

Jackie, no!

This used to be Daddy's room.

I mean, um,

Mr. Pascal's office space.

We shouldn't be in here.

The dining room and formal room... cabinet

room... China Room... broadcast room...

- Blue Room... men's room...

- This is a kitchen!

Just-Just a kitchen.

This is the living room...

center for living

and leisure activities...

and boring piano lessons!


Come on, Marty!


Anthony, help me

masking-tape these windows.

- Puttin' those crosses?

- Yeah.

The Kennedys aren't

puttin' crosses on their windows.

They could really care.

They have ten other houses.

- It's like wearing garlic, those crosses.

- It was on the news.

- It can't hurt.

- Yes, it can. It goos up the windows.

- Did Marty call?

- Last night.

- I know last night. Did Marty call today?

- He's bringing a friend.

- What?

- He said he was bringing a friend.

- Male or female?

- I don't know.

- What did he say exactly?

- He said, "Tell Mom I'm bringing a friend."

Why not me? Why not

"Tell Jackie I'm bringing a friend"?

I think it pertained to groceries,

bedrooms, like that... logistics.

Anthony, tell me everything

Marty said.

He said, "Hello, Anthony?"

I said, "Yeah, Marty?"

- He said, "Yeah." We said, "Hey."

- Marty said, "Hey"?

Not like, "Hey,"

like, "Hey!"

Like a noise.

Like a noise of jubilation.

- Marty was jubilant?

- At this point in the phone call.

At least he was doing

a fair impersonation of jubilant.

- Marty was pretending to be jubilant?

- Oh, my God.

- What's wrong with Marty?

- And who is this friend?

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Wendy MacLeod

Wendy A. MacLeod (born August 6, 1959) is an American playwright. MacLeod received a BA from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where she now teaches and is a playwright-in-residence. She received a MFA from the Yale School of Drama.Her works include the plays Sin and Schoolgirl Figure, both of which premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and were directed by David Petrarca. Schoolgirl Figure was then optioned for film by HBO and Anvil Entertainment. The House of Yes, which premiered in San Francisco at the Magic Theatre and was the theatre's second-longest running show, became an award-winning film by the same name, starring Parker Posey, and earned a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Other works include The Water Children, Things Being What They Are, Juvenilia, Apocalyptic Butterflies. Apocalyptic Butterflies was filmed by the BBC as Nativity Blues 1988, starring Alfred Molina. Her play Juvenilia, a comic drama about college students "attempting to find love", premiered off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, as did her play The Water Children, both directed by longtime collaborator Petrarca, which has also been seen at Los Angeles’ Matrix Theater where it was cited as "the most challenging political play of 1998" by the L.A. Weekly and earned six L.A. Drama Critics Circle nominations. Things Being What They Are premiered at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and was then seen at Steppenwolf in Chicago in 2003 where its sold-out run was extended twice. The House of Yes has been performed at Soho Repertory Theatre, at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin and at The Gate Theater in London, where it was published in Plays International. MacLeod's play, Find and Sign, premiered at Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2012. Set in the New York City music industry (with a slight nod to Othello), Find and Sign is about a bumpy romance between an on-the-rise young record executive and an idealistic public school teacher.Her critically acclaimed comedy Women in Jeopardy! premiered at Geva Theater in 2015, directed by Sean Daniels, and her newest play Slow Food was invited to the 2015 National Playwrights Conference. The play will be premiering at Merrimack Repertory Theater in January 2019. She has been a guest professor at Northwestern University’s film and theater departments. MacLeod's essay "Name Brand Nostalgia" was recently featured in The New York Times and her essay/talk "The Daily Struggle" was given as part of the Kenyon Review's Writers-on-Writing series in October 2016. Her prose and humor pieces have appeared in Poetry magazine, The New York Times, Salon, The Rumpus, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Washington Post, and All Things Considered. MacLeod worked as the Executive Story Editor for ''Popular'' (TV Series) for the WB and wrote the pilot "Ivory Tower", commissioned by CBS, produced by Brillstein-Grey (The Sopranos) and Diane Keaton, with actress Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love). She currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Kenyon Playwrights Conference. The Kenyon Playwrights Conference supports the early-stage development of new work through its commissioning program and offers an intensive playwriting workshop for playwrights at all stages in their careers, led by artistic leaders of partner companies which have included The Atlantic Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Steppenwolf Theater, Roundabout Theatre, Hampstead Theater, The Old Vic, The Royal Court Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, and ACT Theatre in Seattle. She is married to Read Baldwin and has two sons: Foss and Avery Baldwin. more…

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