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A Home at the End of the World

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A Home at the End of the World

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
95 minutes
Wide Release Date:
07/23/04
performer:
Colin Farrell, Robin Wright, Dallas Roberts, Matt Frewer, Sissy Spacek
director:
Michael Mayer
distributor:
Warner Independent Pictures
author:
Michael Cunningham
genre:
Drama, Romance

We gave it a C-

Michael Mayer’s directorial bow, A Home at the End of the World, is so sweet-natured and well-meant that taking it to task is like rapping a beagle on the nose for being too cute. But for all its good intentions, this drippy, decades-spanning drama — in which two once-affectionate childhood friends (Colin Farrell and Dallas Roberts) and a free-spirited NYC boho (Robin Wright Penn) form a complex love triangle — is as vacuous as the self-absorbed characters it celebrates. Lazy, too: The ’60s are defined by a cheesy acid trip and some Jefferson Airplane; Wright Penn’s zest for life is demonstrated by her bright red hair (crazy!); and Farrell, wearing a ludicrous Bob Mackie-meets-Bon Jovi wig, conveys compassion by turning on his doe eyes every two minutes or so. Maybe he was just trying to avoid rolling them.

EXTRAS A short, snoozy, behind-the-scenes doc, in which Farrell (and his frightful faux ‘do) is suspiciously absent. However, Sissy Spacek does confirm the rumors that her corker of a costar is indeed endowed with a huge…sense of commitment.