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Teen thriller/romance is gory but ho-hum. Skip it.
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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.


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.


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.


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


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.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 17, 2009
DVD/Streaming release date:April 20, 2010
Cast:Jessica Stroup, Matt Long, Mischa Barton
Director:Morgan J. Freeman
Studio:Paper Street Films
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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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. Her role was the obsessed ex-girlfriend named Shelby who lives on her own, has her own house and owns a bar called "The Pitt". She kidnaps her ex-boyfriend's girlfriend Elizabeth (Jessica Stroup) by hitting Elizabeth while driving home one night and brings her to her home out in the toolies. Experienced with nursing, Shelby takes "care" of Elizabeth in a hospital bed and all, until she realizes that Shelby killed her own mother and is ultimately dangerous. Locked up in a room, Elizabeth tries every way to escape while Shelby is out seducing her boyfriend (Shelby's ex-boyfriend) Mike, while Mike thinks Elizabeth ditched him for one of her ex-boyfriends she recently ran into the other night. It is quite refreshing with less blood & gore than most thrillers. Although sometimes cheesy, I found it very entertaining. Language is infrequent but contains f-words, sh*t, b*tch, some sexually related terms. Violence is quite strong with a man being axed and then shot, a woman twists and then cuts another woman's tendon (foot), a body is thrown in a garbage can and then lit on fire, a shot to the leg, characters get knocked out by a toilet lid and a syrup bottle, a woman is rough with another woman and pulls her hair, a woman gets her head bashed in by a football helmet multiple times, a woman is tied up with tape around her mouth. Sexual content has a near-sex scene that's quite steamy where characters unbutton shirts and unbuckle pants but the guy decides to go no further, some kissing of couples throughout, a woman is obsessed with her ex-boyfriend and keeps photos of them in her room - she also re-watches a tape of their homecoming kiss repeatedly, a woman parades around in lingerie that's very revealing, a woman frustrates another woman saying "I almost f-ed your boyfriend last night and I think tonight will be "thee" night", a woman forces herself on a man but he pushes her away, men talk about women and their relationships. There is social drinking and smoking. I think teens aged 16 and up would love this, NOT recommended for youngsters!
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 that Mike was her long lost ex-boyfriend. Since Shelby, saw that he was with another girl,she got furious. One night Elizabeth was walking home, Shelby who was driving her car sees Mike's girlfriend. On purpose Shleby hits her. Shelby gets out of the car and takes her home with her. She supports her and gives her all the caring she needs. The only reason she's doing this is because to get Mike back and to get closer to him while Elizabeth is at Shelby's house. Elizabeth tries really hard to get out of the house,but Shelby always catches her. Then, Mike is always sending and trying to call Elizabeth, but sees that she doesnt answer or anything. What Mike doesnt know is that Shelby is trying to kill Elizabeth. At the end of the movie,Shelby is going to church. Mike's friend whos a police man stops by at Shelby's house. Elizabeth is tied and taped in Shelby's basement. While Shelby and Mike's friend talks,Elizabeth who is very smart, pulls the lever which closes the radio. Mike's friend who is very caring insists to go down the basement to turn it back on. When, he goes to the basement he sees Elizabeth tied up and tries to rescue her. But,he's too late. Shelby who has a gun,shoots Mike's friend. Mike goes into Shelby's house and Shelby's say hello and says that she has to go get something. Then, Mike hears a sound. He runs down to the basement and sees Elizabeth tied up. Mike and Elizabeth together work to kill Shelby.. They do, but when they leave, Shelby is on the floor with her eyes opened... Scary.......
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bySoftballlover August 28, 2010
I really liked it! It was awesome


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