It's never a good idea to promise too much, either in an invitation to a house party held in a stranger's mansion, or in a reboot of a three-decade old hit.

But the new "House Party" does just that, starting out with a romantic voiceover about Los Angeles, where we're told "a party can change your life" as we're shown a loving montage of storefronts and people in South LA. Fair enough, but then they take it to another level with the pitch that, "Some crazy, beautiful, weird ass (expletive) is about to go down."

If only.

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