HOMECOMING (2009)

 
Director: Morgan J. Freeman
Writer: Frank Hannah
Cast: Mischa Barton, Matt Long, Jessica Stroup and Michael Landes
Release Date: 07/17/09
 

Mike (Long) is a small-town star athlete who is the first in his family to attend college, receiving a football scholarship to prestigious Northwestern University. When he returns home over Christmas break to the people he left behind – his family and friends – they are all surprised to see him with a new girlfriend, Elizabeth (Stroup), a pretty rich girl from Chicago. No one is more shocked than Mike’s homecoming queen ex-girlfriend, Shelby (Barton), who immediately wants to be rid of Elizabeth and plots to take care of the problem. The story then takes many twists and turns as Shelby does everything it takes to get Mike back.

“Homecoming” follows a similar line of stalker cinema that began with “Fatal Attraction” and was perfected with “Misery”. Recent trending shows that America still has the stomach to watch a woman stalk a man and murder his friends. Mischa Barton enters the stalker/psycho role, as she jealously stalks Matt Long and Jessica Stroup. Most of these young actors are no-name discoveries to me. Save for Barton, who made a splash in the cinematic world as the girl vomiting underneath a bedsheet in “The Sixth Sense”. 
 
I’ve spent the better part of the last two weeks trying to find something to say about this movie. It’s easily forgettable and nothing really strikes the eye during the 88 minute runtime. Everytime I’ve started this review, I’ve had to stop and rewatch the film. There are no earned scares, there are no decent setups and the film seems slap-dashed together quicker than most adult entertainment. 
 
If you actually manage to see this film during the theatrical limited run, I’ll be impressed. Honestly, the next stop this film has is a quick dump to either DTV or Cable. I’m not calling it a Sci-Fi original or anything, but Homecoming currently resides under the cinematic poverty line.  Director Morgan J. Freeman has been responsible for past forgettable horror flicks such as American Psycho 2 and Piggy Banks. Parlaying these past experience into an MTV edited quickie horror flick is a waste of time.
 
I’m not trying to slam Freeman or any of the cast. But, no one in the film displays any sort of aptitude for producing anything that might resemble a scare. Younger people will enjoy a film that doesn’t get too hardcore, but also doesn’t tug at the mind. If you still have any interest in seeing the film, I’d recommend a rental when it hits Home Video. Otherwise, avoid it. 
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