A Home at the End of the World 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… A Home at the End of the World 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…
Movie on DVD Review

A Home at the End of the World (2004)

EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: Nov 02, 2004; DVD Release Date: Nov 02, 2004; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Romance; With: Colin Farrell, Robin Wright and Dallas Roberts; Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures

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.

Originally posted Nov 05, 2004 Published in issue #791 Nov 05, 2004 Order article reprints
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