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A Home at the End of the World

Released: 2004

Genre: Romance

Runtime: 1 hr 36 min

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Michael Mayer

Starring: Andrew Chalmers, Ryan Donowho, Asia Vieira, Quancetia Hamilton, Jeff J.J. Authors, Lisa Merchant, Ron Lea, Erik Smith, Colin Farrell

A tale that chronicles the lives of Bobby and Jonathan, twochildhood friends who meet as students in a suburban Ohio school.

I never believed a minute of the story.

Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 8 years ago

Michael Mayer's A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD is a contrived slice of gay life story which would have been completely ignored were it not for Colin Farrell's performance as Bobby Morrow, the story's confused lead. With long, stringy hair, Farrell (PHONE BOOTH) gets to show us his feminine, sensitive side as a gay guy who doesn't think he's really gay, a recurring theme with the other gay guys in the movie.

Robin Wright Penn plays Clare, an older, free-spirited hippie-type who lives with Jonathan Glover (Dallas Roberts), Bobby's long-time boyfriend from high school. Leaving no cliché unturned, the script has Clare complaining about Bobby to Jonathan that all the good-looking men are gay. Jonathan corrects her, by claiming that "Bobby's not gay. Well, it's hard to say exactly what Bobby is." In a movie filled with one-dimensional characters, Penn's Clare is the least convincing of them all. Clare has zero chemistry with Jonathan, the guy she lives with and is planning to produce a family with, and she has no connection to anyone else either.

The first of the movie, set when Bobby is in grade school and again in high school, features other actors playing Bobby. There is a total disconnect between these younger Bobbies and the grown one played by Farrell. The younger ones are bold and confident while Farrell's Bobby is so insecure, unsure and wimpy that he appears almost too frightened to speak. The high school Bobby, who goes to live with Jonathan's family after his parents die, has a high old time. As Jonathan's liberal mother Alice, Sissy Spacek delights in baking cookies and sharing long afternoons of smoking pot with the boys -- but they are under strict orders not to tell her husband.

I never believed a minute of the story. And I never cared.

A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD runs 1:36. It is rated R for "strong drug content, sexuality, nudity, language and a disturbing accident" and would be acceptable for older teenagers.