November 19, 1993 at 05:00 AM EST

A Home of Our Own

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Kathy Bates, Edward Furlong, Clarissa Lessig
director
Tony Bill
distributor
Gramercy Pictures
author
Patrick Sheane Duncan
Genre
Drama

The world may not need another coming-of-age-in-a-cruel-cruel-world film. This year alone we’ve had Jack the Bear, This Boy’s Life, King of the Hill, and A Bronx Tale. Screenwriter Patrick Duncan’s memory-movie A Home of Our Own at least feels honest in its sentimentality, but that still doesn’t keep it out of the second-hand bin. As a seen-it-all mama who moves her brood of six to rural Idaho for a fresh start, Kathy Bates gives a smart but curiously unremarkable performance. More memorable are the younger actors, particularly T2‘s Edward Furlong (who’s beginning to resemble a teenage George Raft) as the oldest son/narrator, and Clarissa Lessig, an actress with the moony face of a Pierrot, as his sister. Despite their efforts, though, this familial tale is a too familiar tale. C+

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