Home Sweet Hell

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Insipid black comedy about suburban materialism and murder.
  • R
  • 2015
  • 98 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

A woman is so determined to attain and maintain the perfect life that she's willing to commit murder. Her utter lack of a moral compass is disturbing, and her husband is so afraid of crossing her that he goes along with the scheme.

Positive Role Models & Representations

One woman is a blackmailer, and another is so obsessed with maintaining her perfect life that she's willing to kill anyone who threatens it. Women are also treated as sex objects, while the men range from a milquetoast husband who has an affair to a trio of meth dealers (and users) who plot to extort money from the philandering spouse. OCD sufferers are stereotyped.

Violence

Very bloody/violent. A woman is drugged, bludgeoned to death, and dismembered with a power saw. Viewers don't see the blows land, but the sprays and spurts of blood tell the whole story. Another scene includes two people getting stabbed to death; one is impaled with a sword. A suburban mom is exceptionally unremorseful after murdering several people.

Sex

A store manager has an affair with an employee; in an extended montage, they have sex all over the office, in all kinds of ways (plenty of thrusting and grunting, but very few body parts visible). Another scene is set in a strip club, with many topless women in the background; a mostly undressed stripper who finds herself at the wrong place at the wrong time is stabbed to death. A married couple discusses their sex life, with some suggestive dialogue.

Language

Frequent use of "f--k" and a few discussions about women's "titties." Also "p---y," "bitch," and "s--t." One character makes several disparaging comments about Jews and Mexicans.

Consumerism

One of the main characters is obsessed with obtaining just the right material objects.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink beer at parties and meals and sometimes at work to celebrate a big sale. Several people smoke cigarettes, and one scene shows a suburban dad who's coerced into snorting crystal meth. Characters are drug users/dealers.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Home Sweet Hell is a dark comedy about a suburban mom who will go to murderously disturbing lengths to maintain her perfect life. Bloody violence includes a drugged woman being bludgeoned to death and dismembered with a power saw, as well as a scene in which two people are stabbed to death. Perhaps not surprisingly, nobody comes off well here; the women are treated as eye candy and sex objects, and the male characters are either violent, conniving criminals or a weakling who will go along with the most heinous plan to avoid offending his domineering wife. There's some racist and sexist language, a good amount of sex (including plenty of topless women), and frequent profanity (including "f--k" and "p---y"). One scene shows a man snorting crystal meth.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjoshua martinez June 20, 2015

17 and up.

this comedy movie home sweet hell is the most stupidist movie ever stars with katherine heigi this movie is only for older teens and parents you need to know th... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebo344 July 8, 2015

The hell?

Literally, what the hell is this? This feels like a cartoon. The characters are so cartoonish, I mean sheesh. Katherine Heigl is the only one who had fun in her... Continue reading

What's the story?

Don (Patrick Wilson) and Mona (Katherine Heigl) seem to have the perfect life, perfect home, and perfect relationship. At least it looks that way from the outside, but that's mainly because Mona is obsessed with creating that image and is ruthless about attaining it (she even has a scrapbook called "Our Goals" in which she has her long-term vision planned out). Her plan is threatened when Don is seduced by a new employee, Dusty (Jordana Brewster), and she announces that she's pregnant and is determined to keep the child. For Mona, there's only one way to resolve this complication: She has to make the problem go away, even if it means resorting to murder.

Is it any good?

One of the main problems with this irritating movie is that none of the characters are actually people -- they're all just character traits, people reduced to little more than basic motivations. Dusty is the seductive con artist. Don is a wimp. And Mona, oh horror! Mona is distant and unempathetic, so driven to attain her "goals" that she'll do anything, including dismembering a dead body with a power saw, to attain them. It's amazing Don has never realized before that his uber-controlling wife is a sociopath. (Also, major deductions for throwing OCD sufferers under the bus with this wildly stereotypical portrayal.)

The other main problem is that none of these characters is even remotely likeable. There's nobody here we want to see or hear from, and when bad things start happening to them, it's hard to tell whether the director wants us to feel bad -- or glad that they're getting what they deserve. They all deserve to be punished, but the audience deserves better than this.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way women are portrayed in Home Sweet Hell. Are the characters of Mona and Dusty well developed? Is there an obligation to have realistic characters in a movie that's purposely exaggerated?

  • How does the impact of the violence in this movie compare to a more traditional horror or action story? Does the fact that the movie is a comedy change how the violence affects you?

  • What is the movie saying about materialism? Is there any kind of positive take-away here?

Movie details

For kids who love offbeat comedy

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