There have been plenty of stories where a huge family lives under one roof or lives not that far from each other. This huge family is together all the time and usually fighting like crazy and usually a comedy. The House That Jack Built has a large Latino family living in the same apartment complex and it is not a comedy. It is a rather heavy drama.
Ever since Jack was little he has been devoted to his family. When he is older he buys an apartment building and lets his sister, brother and sister-in-law, cousins, parents, and grandmother live in the building rent free. It is his dream come true that everyone is under the same roof together. It is not the dream come true for the rest of the family. His father constantly comes home drunk and his mother and grandmother are constantly yelling at him, his brother’s wife keeps going out every night leaving their new baby with his brother, his sister is a lesbian and Jack does not approve of that whatsoever, and his fiancé Lily is always talking about them getting married.
One day his mother hears some gossip at the laundromat about Jack. The two women gossiping do not know that she is Jack’s mother. They talk about how the owner of the apartment building is actually a drug dealer and that is how he was able to buy the apartment. When his mother confronts him Jack lies to her face and says no that he is not a drug dealer. Jack owns a bodega that is really front for selling marijuana. Outside his store Jack notices two guys standing on the street corner. He knows they are local gang members and drug dealers. Their leader is a drug kingpin and will not leave the neighborhood. Jack is forced to go into business with the drug kingpin.
Jack’s brother has enough with his wife going out every night. He gets the idea that his wife is cheating on him and one day he mans up and follows her. She is cheating on him and in a rage he shoots her and the man she was with. Turns out the guy she was with is the cousin of the drug kingpin that Jack is working with. The drug kingpin now needs to kill Jack’s brother or else he will kill everyone else in his family.
Despite the brother being killed the movie ends up on a somewhat happy note. Jack does marry Lily and he is surrounded by his family.
The House That Jack Built was not a bad movie. It was interesting to see a darker side to having family constantly around and also having that mixed with a drug dealing/gang storyline (at least I think that was one of the storylines…). The only reason I watched The House That Jack Built was because I really like Melissa Fumero. I adore her as Amy Santiago on the TV show Brooklyn Nine-Nine. She is hilarious on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It was cool to see her in a serious role because now I can say she really is a good actress. The House That Jack Built is not one of the greatest movies I have watched on Netflix but I say it is worth seeing at least once.