Home at the End of the World, A

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -3 1/2

A Home at the End of the World is a film about human tragedies and the unconventional family bonds that form in their wake. Bobby (Colin Farrell) is a man who lost his entire family before graduating from high school. Thirsty for companionship, he befriended Jonathan (Dallas Roberts) and was taken in by his parents (Sissy Spacek, Matt Frewer). But years later, after Jonathan moves away and his parents retire to Arizona, Bobby cannot bare the loneliness. Instead, he seeks out Jonathan in New York City and meets his new roommate, Clare (Robin Wright Penn). Before long, Bobby discovers that Jonathan is gay and finds himself emotionally and physically attracted to both Jonathan and Clare. The three form a love triangle that is plagued by jealousy. But when Clare announces that she is pregnant, they try to abandon their jealousy and make a home for their new baby.

In this story, several characters are in great pain. Bobby struggles with loneliness while Jonathan feels like an outcast, living in Bobbys shadow. And Clare wants desperately to be loved but never seems to find the kind of commitment she is looking for. These are all compelling and realistic stories that should garner the sympathy of every viewer. But sadly, the film lacks the final solution to lifes problems, which the believer possesses in Jesus Christ and His crucifixion. As a result, the characters spin wildly out of control, trying to find the love, companionship and fulfillment they desire without God. They search in their careers, their sexual relationships, in drugs and alcohol, and in the opportunity to have children, but in the end, everything falls short and life remains disappointing. All of this makes for a tragic film full of objectionable content.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
Warner Independent

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (4) times strong (ass 4)

Obscene Language: Many (10) times strong (f-word 7, s-word 3)

Profanity: Several (5) times moderate (OMG 1, G 3); strong (JC 1)

Violence: Few times mild (man and woman argue and struggle); strong (boy accidentally runs through a closed glass door and receives severe bloody injuries)

Sex: Several times mild (unmarried man and woman have an implied long-term sexual relationship); moderate (two boys stimulate each other sexually, man has homosexual encounters with several men, unmarried man and woman shown having sex with motions but no on-screen nudity); strong (teenagers shown having sex with motions and nudity)

Nudity: Few times moderate (man shown naked from rear, womans breasts shown during sexual encounter)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times moderate (boys refer to their sexual relationship, man and woman talk about having sex for the first time, woman tells man that she will teach him some things, man talks about past and future homosexual relationships, man and woman talk about being lovers, man and woman are not a couple but plan on having a baby together)

Drugs: Many times mild (use of alcohol in a few scenes); moderate (boys smoke marijuana several times, a childs mother discovers his marijuana use and smokes it with him); strong (teenager shares LSD with his nine-year-old brother)

Other: Depiction of homosexuality and bisexuality, clear statement that married life is inferior to unmarried life, child orphaned and raised by his friends parents, portrayal of a nontraditional family

Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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