Year of Release: 2004
Director: Michael Mayer
Approx. Running Time: 97 minutes
My Rating: 1 star (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"A Major Achievement."
-Kevin Thomas, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Remember your very best friend in high school, the one who knew...and kept...all your secrets? Bobby and Jonathan, who shared that kind of friendship, meet again as adults in New York. Sparked by their relationship with free-spirited Clare, they forge a loving unit that redefines "family."
Colin Farrell, Robin Wright Penn, Sissy Spacek and Dallas Roberts star in this lyrical film that's both a celebration of commitment and a music- and memory-driven portrait of America in the '70s and '80s. Adapted by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham (The Hours) from his own novel, A Home at the End of the World strikes close to home as an adventure as big as life itself: risky, surprising, sexually charged and real.
As much as this film touts itself as "risky and real," I couldn't find any believability in its characters or events. Colin Farell stars as "Bobby" a young man who - despite the deaths of EVERYONE in his family - has an innocence and optimism that captures the hearts of all who meet him - at least, that's what the film would have you believe. But, the reactions of the other - equally unbelievable - characters aside, I couldn't help but to assume that "Bobby" suffers some sort of mental retardation; normal people just aren't that blindly optimistic.
Rated R (MPAA)
2004 (Year of Release)
Gay (LGBT) Interest