Homecoming (2009) Movie Review

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Homecoming (2009)

2009 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sport
88 minutes / 1h 28min

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Homecoming Plot Synopsis:

Mike was the star quarterback in a blue-collar small town where football is everything. After receiving a scholarship to Northwestern University, he returns home over Christmas break and everyone is surprised to see him with a new girlfriend, Elizabeth, a pretty rich girl from Chicago. No one is more shocked than Mike's homecoming queen ex-girlfriend, Shelby, who desperately wants Elizabeth out of the picture. After a freak car accident leaves an injured Elizabeth at the mercy of Shelby, all hell breaks loose as Shelby does everything it takes to get Mike back.

Homecoming (2009) Review

A young freshman Mike (Matt Long) was a star quarterback in a small town called Mt. Bliss, and now he comes back to his home for a visit with a new girlfriend Elizabeth (Jessica Stroup). It is only natural that Shelby (Mischa Barton), who was dating Mike when they were in high school, is not very happy about that. To make matters more complicated, Mike says his relationship with Shelby is over while Shelby just doesn’t think so.

On the night of their reunion something terrible happens to Elizabeth. That is when Shelby gets a chance to make her former boyfriend hers again. Shelby, obsessed with the idea, would never let this opportunity go.

Though pretty tight and well-acted, "Homecoming" is a disappointing thriller. The film borrows so many things from other films, and it is not a thrilling experience to watch all three principal characters doing stupid mistakes: Why leave your girlfriend there? Why leave the door open? Why not smash the window? Why not fight back?

Those who are looking for silly, over-the-top, campy movies should look elsewhere. The story is silly, but Mischa Barton’s performance itself is fine and convincing. The acting of other actors is not bad, and the photography is decent. The script is clich├ęd, formulaic and built on incredible premise and coincidences, but the film itself is professionally done, and somehow I was not bored. I also liked the fry pan scene. Nice way of using it.

The list of thrillers about obsessed female character may not be very long, but still is impressive - last year’s "Obsessed," "Play Misty for Me" (Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut), "The Crush" (starring Alicia Silverstone), "Single White Female," "Misery" and of course "Fatal Attraction." "Homecoming" is not the best of this minor genre, and perhaps not the worst.

  • Homecoming Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 4.54
  • IMDB: 5.4
  • MetaCritic: 2.1

About Homecoming 2009

Title: Homecoming
Year: 2009
Runtime: 88 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sport
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.27/5 stars from 3,927 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 3,927
MPAA Rating: R
Homecoming Cast Starring: Mischa Barton, Bingo O'Malley, Denise Dal Vera, Marty Terry, Matt Long, Jessica Stroup, Michael Landes, Mary Decaro, Philip Winters, Byrdie Bell, Allen Williamson, David Flick, Joshua Elijah Reese, Emily Martin, Nick Pasqual, Andrew McCune, Joe Forgione, Benjamin Jeran McGinn, Alex Hooper, Logan C. Sayre, Cassandra Nentwig, Krista Schwandt, Danielle Simone, Krista Ream, Hunter Seagroves, Robert Haley, Amanda Jane Cooper
Homecoming Writers: NA
Homecoming Director: Morgan J. Freeman
Production: Animus Films
Website: http://www.homecoming-movie.com/
Language: English
Country: USA