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Movie Review: A Home at the End of the World

Alternate Title: Three's Company

Story: All you need is love -- DA, DA, DA, DA Dum was repeatedly spinning in my head as I watched this charming film about another time and place that seems as if it never existed. But the 60's did happen (I remember a lot of it - I think) and there was a time when the term family was not political.

Impressive first time director Michael Mayer (from a novel and screenplay by Michael Cunningham, The Hours) spans the years 1957 through the early 80's staying true to the times, the fashions (gasp) and the ambiance. The main character Bobby Morrow, by age 16, has lost his entire family. How he looks and finds love (in all the right places) is the main story. The film is sad, sweet, hopeful, character driven, thoroughly entertaining and should be on your 'to see' list.

Acting: Everyone in the cast was terrific. Colin Farrell, as the mature Bobby Morrow was convincing (although one of his hairdos was very distracting) as the lost soul that everyone desired. The guy can act and he looks terrific. Robin Wright Penn as Claire was, once again, on the money with her performance as the woman in both male character's lives. Dallas Roberts, as the longtime friend and more was probably the best in the cast. Sissy Spacek was hysterical as the Mom who was turned on to a little pot smoking.

Predilection: None (but I did enjoy the 60's)

Food: Lasagna and lots and lots of baked goods. I would have thought with all of the on-screen pot smoking there would have been more eating.

Visual Art: Some fun images from the time period.

Blatant Product Placement: Budweiser (but not very blatant). I saw the logo through the beer bottle.

Soundtrack: Terrific track (I may even buy the CD).

Theater Audience: A handful of people. My movie and poker buddy Marci (who is from a different) enjoyed the film as much as I did so it is not an inappropriate film for a younger crowd.

Quirky Meter: 3

Predictability Level: I really was not sure where this film was going.

Tissue Usage: None, but I did have a tiny bit of welling (but I think that was more for the ache in my heart of a time long gone).

Oscar Worthy: No.

Nit Picking: I noticed some time era mistakes in the architecture during the long shots of the NYC landscape.

Big Screen or Rental: Either one will do but I always recommend the big screen. I am too distracted when I watch films at home. For some other Robin Wright Penn films, try: White Oleander, The Pledge, Moll Flanders, The Crossing Guard and of course, Forrest Gump.

Length: Under two hours.