House of D movie review, David Duchovny, Anton Yelchin, Robin Williams, Tea Leoni. Review by Jeffrey M. Anderson
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"House of D"
1.5 stars
96 minutes | Rated: PG-13
NY/LA: Friday, April 15, 2005
LIMITED: Friday, April 29, 2005
Written & directed by David Duchovny

Starring Anton Yelchin, Robin Williams, Tea Leoni, David Duchovny, Erykah Badu, Magali Amadei, Harold Cartier, Frank Langella, Gideon Jacobs, Mark Margolis, Orlando Jones, Stephen Spinella, Zelda Williams, Jonah Meyerson, Olga Sosnovska, Adam LeFevre

  • David Duchovny
  • Anton Yelchin
  • Robin Williams
  • Tea Leoni
  • Frank Langella
  • Orlando Jones
  • Stephen Spinella

    Read our interview with Orlando Jones Orlando Jones (2001)

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    David Duchovny writes, directs, stars in maudlin coming-of-ager

     by Jeffrey M. Anderson (Combustible Celluloid)

    "X-Files" star David Duchovny makes his feature directorial debut with "House of D," an utterly bizarre and pretty terrible coming-of-age film. It begins with about 20 straight minutes of penis references, and then introduces Robin Williams in arguably his worst performance as a mentally challenged janitor wearing prosthetic teeth.

    Duchovny stars as the grown-up Tommy Warshaw, living in present-day Paris. He decides to revisit his old New York stomping grounds, which he suddenly left when he was just 13. That leads to 1970s flashbacks in which young Tommy (Anton Yelchin) roams around with Pappass (Williams) and gets advice from a lady prisoner (Erykah Badu) in the Brooklyn "House of D" (i.e. prison). Duchovny's real-life wife Téa Leoni plays Tommy's mother in the flashbacks.

    Yelchin has such a unique delivery that the film almost takes off during its middle third, finding a few genuinely tender moments, but then it sinks into maudlin, near-campy sentiment at the end. It's almost bad enough to rank in "Showgirls" territory, but not quite, although it's definitely nipping closely at the heels of "Gigli." More likely, "House of D" will be forgotten, which is good for Duchovny if he hopes to direct again.

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