Homecoming

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Teen thriller/romance is gory but ho-hum. Skip it.
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Ultimately, the movie's message is a very predictable one: “Psychosis never pays.” But the film sure takes its time to say it, lingering over violent behavior from the obsessive ex-girlfriend. At one point, her ex gives in to her seduction, even though she's so creepily straightforward about her continued interest in him. There’s also some materialistic emphasis on the clothes Elizabeth wears.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though you can conceivably cheer for the feisty Elizabeth, who refuses to give into her nemesis, she’s still a damsel in distress. In the meantime, Shelby is a stereotypical jilted ex gone mad, and she seems willing to go to the mat to win back a man -- not exactly inspiring stuff.

Violence

Slightly cheesy but plentiful, with lots of gore. A man is shot up close; a woman bashes an injured woman’s leg to make her more helpless and stabs a man with an axe; a battered body is shown up close, blood oozing out. There's also a secondary storyline involving the murder of a mother.

Sex

A couple nearly has sex in a bathroom (tons of groping and kissing, but they stop short). A woman parades around in her underwear and tries to seduce another woman’s boyfriend. A character views scenes of kissing on videotape. One character talks about women as sex objects.

Language

Everything from “damn” to "f--k" (though fairly sparingly).

Consumerism

Frequent shots of the iPhone, as well as car and liquor logos.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of drinking at bars and social gatherings by college kids who are underage freshmen. They do shots and drink beer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that teens may want to see this predictable (though frequently gory) thriller because it stars TV faves Mischa Barton and Jessica Stroup, but it's really not worth their time. Neither female character is a worthwhile role model, and the movie is full of underage drinking, swearing, sexual overtones (and scenes of groping/making out), and heaps of violence -- with many lingering shots on the carnage.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywonder dove May 28, 2010

Not bad, enjoyable!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this which was surprising because it seemed very cliche sounding! One reason why I watched it was for Mischa Barton, such a great actress.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySoftballlover August 28, 2010
I really liked it! It was awesome
Kid, 10 years old November 7, 2009
Such a Scary Movie My Book Review- First, this boy named Mike who is going out with this girl name Elizabeth. This girl named Shelby meets him and realizes tha... Continue reading

What's the story?

Mike (Matt Long), a high-school football hero made good, is home from college because his former team is retiring his number in homage to his prowess. In tow is his beloved Elizabeth (Jessica Stroup), a sweet young woman from an affluent family that he’d love to introduce to his parents. Everyone’s likely to welcome her with open arms -- except his ex, Shelby (Mischa Barton). She’s convinced that she and Mike are still an item and can't think of any reason that his new girlfriend should stand in her way...

Is it any good?

Problem number one: HOMECOMING can’t seem to decide what it is. It starts out feeling any other teen romance and then ends up a quasi-slasher film. It’s disorienting. (Actually, more like plain weird.) Problem number two: Barton. She appears to be channeling every other famous psycho ex-girlfriend role, with a little bit of Bette Davis gothic thrown in for good measure. Ditto Long, whose Mike seems so uninteresting that you have to wonder how he could have inspired such a tug-of-war in the first place.

Stroup, of 90210 fame, gives it the old college try -- pardon the pun -- but she can’t quite elevate this mess from mediocrity. The plot’s so tired that it wrings the life out of even the most suspenseful parts.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays teen relationships. Is it at all realistic? Do high school relationships sometimes feel more serious than they actually are? Why?

  • How does the violence in this movie compare to other thrillers and horror movies? Does it succeed at blending the genres of teen romance and gory thriller?

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