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A Home at the End of the World (2004)

Cast: Colin Farrell, Colin Farrell, Robin Wright Penn, more...
Director: Michael Mayer, Michael Mayer, Michael Mayer
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Drama, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Gay & Lesbian, Coming of Age , Features
Running Time: 97 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Directed by Michael Mayer and based on The Hours author Michael Cunningham's novel of the same name, A Home at the End of the World chronicles the 1980s reunion of childhood best friends Bobby (Colin Farrell) and Jonathan (Dallas Roberts). Where they were once best pals -- and teenage lovers -- in the suburbs of Cleveland, Bobby has become a charismatic but go-nowhere heterosexual slacker, and Jonathan is now living as an openly gay man in New York City, hoping to serve as father to his eccentric roommate Clare's (Robin Wright Penn) child. When Bobby impulsively moves to the city to be closer to his former friend, their bonds are tested sooner than anyone would have thought. Bobby falls for Clare, and in doing so, effectively eliminates what would have been Jonathan's position in the baby's life. Jonathan temporarily takes off; when his father dies, and he attends the Arizona funeral, Bobby and Clare unexpectedly turn up with the news that she's expecting. Despite the still-existent tensions, the trio becomes a family unit among themselves, ultimately buying a house in Woodstock, Upstate New York, where they all move together, challenging traditional notions of family, commitment, love, and devotion. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

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This flick rocks! by rachel January 14, 2007 - 4:37 PM PST
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This movie is the bomb!
Real human beings,
great story,
lovely musical score,
beautiful, sensitive, remarkable story.

Mamma mia! This is a very wonderful flick - rent it now.

Loved the story, not the acting. by Bramwolf June 5, 2006 - 5:30 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I really, really wanted to like this movie, a lot. Reading about it the story sounded quite interesting, and I'm still interested in reading the book. I just felt like the movie sort of...missed it in some places. The dialogue was a bit wonky, delivered oddly and unrealistically in some places, and that bothered me a great deal. I liked the story, but I just didn't feel the right emotional effect with the characters after the first part in the time line.

could have been more, but still worth watching by alexjb February 23, 2006 - 9:49 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
*sigh*. as usual, the AMG review is WRONG, both factually, and in reflecting the focus of the film.

the film chronicles a lifelong relationship between these two men, adding in Clare about halfway through. bobby is actually most likely bisexual, and their three-way relationship is at once more subtle and interesting than probably any other relationship like it on film except for henry and june. they don't move in with jonathan's parents - they buy a house in upstate NY. jonathan's parents' relationship is actually almost non-existent- it's all about jonathan and bobby and clare.

unfortunately, the film does seem a bit flat. colin and sissy spacek are delivering strong, subtle, slow performances. the others don't quite get down to that pace, which makes it seem like colin and sissy are the odd ones, and the viewer has trouble knowing which pace to get in synch with until the very end.

overall, it's about life taking people in unexpected directions; it's about some very subtle types of love; it's about wounds that never heal and how they drive people; it's about the free-love spirit of the 60s, and the way that some people actually embody it; it's about the family that you make as opposed to the one you're born into.

if you like it, go rent "You I Love" and "Henry and June".

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