HOME (2015)

Director: Tim Johnson

Writers: Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember

Cast: Rihanna, Jim Parsons, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Matt Jones

Studio: DreamWorks/20th Century Fox

“Home” is almost the prototype for the generic American animated film. It’s something I’ve been hearing people describe as a great film with a great message. Unfortunately, that message was don’t destroy the original text to find something you can open up to well-tested branding. The character voices are part of the stupid let’s grab any star mentality behind DreamWorks’ worst decisions. If that wasn’t enough, you’ve got Rihanna voice acting while sounding like she’s half asleep.

Jim Parsons and Steve Martin play off each other well when they get time together, but that’s not nearly enough. The film nails its slapstick nature down pretty pat, but that’s all it has going. Every human feels out of place and the rescue of Tip’s mom feels like a cutscene from a video game. Naturally, your kids will probably dig it.

I just can’t go along with it. Time helped me to enjoy “Mr. Peabody and Sherman”, but I don’t see this happening here. It’s not like there was an “Afro Circus” moment to make me forgive the films lack of pacing and general purpose. Ugh. Thankfully, we’re getting two Pixar movies this year.

Release Date: 03/27/15

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