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Homecoming (2012)

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Thoughtful reunion-themed film has mature themes, drug use.

Movie NR 2013 93 minutes
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HOMECOMING is a fully formed, three-dimensional portrayal of five friends from college reuniting 20 years later and sharing the laughter and pain of memories, love, sorrow, and long-held secrets. Although it's slow-paced at times, the film uses reunion conversation as a vehicle to discuss not only their lives but also other issues of importance in the African-American community. The overall result is a study of five characters who have attained material success but are still grappling with personal issues of forgiveness, trust, and true love.

In some respects, this movie can be seen as a contemporary version of The Big Chill. As such, themes of impending mid-life crises and '90s college nostalgia most likely will fly over the heads of younger and less mature audiences. But for those seeking a movie in which African-Americans are presented in ways that go far beyond the stereotyping that persists in TV and movies, Homecoming is a movie well worth watching.

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