Homefront

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Drugs, violence, and strong language in clumsy crime movie.
  • R
  • 2013
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages
Though the movie itself is very violent, and puts a young girl in peril, it articulates a non-violent philosophy; the main character prefers not to fight and only fights in self-defense. The movie takes a dim view of small-town, Southern life, depicting many of the residents as drug users, dumb rednecks, and lowlifes.
Positive Role Models & Representations
The main character is a skilled fighter who only seems to call on his skills in self-defense. He's focused on his daughter and would prefer a quiet, non-violent life for himself and for her. He tends to be suspicious of others, though. Some of the other characters are friendly, but many are lowlifes.
Violence
Much of the violence involves a young girl. She is on the scene of a violent, deadly shootout, though she mostly hides and it's assumed that her father will protect her. She is briefly abducted. The movie opens with a violent chase, shootout, and explosion at the scene of a drug-bust gone wrong. A character is shot multiple times, with lots of blood. The bad guy bashes a teen in the knees with a baseball bat. The main character fights a great deal, but mainly in self-defense; he's a skilled fighter and can usually beat up several men at once. The main character is hit in the face with a lead pipe and briefly tortured in a tank of water. A character is stabbed with a pitchfork. A young girl beats up a bully on the school playground.
Sex
The main villain has rough sex with his girlfriend. No nudity is shown. She is shown leaning over the hood of a car, with him behind her. They are also shown passionately kissing. A quick scene takes place in a strip bar, but dancers are shown clothed.
Language
Language is very strong and frequent, including "f--k," "motherf--ker," "s--t," "p---y," "ass," "hell," "bitch," and "whore."
Consumerism
iPhones are shown throughout.
 
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The main villain is a drug dealer, and a secondary character is a drug addict. A meth lab is shown, with large quantities of crystals in plastic bags. Some teens are shown smoking meth in one scene. A character is shown smoking cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Homefront is an action-crime movie about a widowed ex-Interpol agent who takes his young daughter to a small town in Louisiana to start life over. Thanks to a run-in with a bully, he inadvertently becomes involved in a violent, escalating feud with meth dealers and killers. The movie is very violent, with the young girl in peril, and abducted, in several scenes. There's also frequent fighting and/or shooting, with dead bodies and blood. Aside from images of drug labs and discussions about dealing drugs, some characters are shown to be addicts. Teens use meth in one scene. Language is very strong, with frequent use of all variations of "f--k." There's one fairly graphic sex scene, though no nudity is visible. With a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone, this one may appeal to teen Expendables fans, though Homefront is not nearly as much fun.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydarthsitkur April 18, 2014

IT WAS SO BADASS!!!!!!!!!!

homefront was awesome, it was loaded with REALLY crazy action, I loved it lol, I'm definitely gonna buy this on iTunes, it's a wicked intense crime ac... Continue reading
Adult Written bymovienerd95 April 13, 2014

Had Promise

Homefront is a decent action thriller but had an uneccessary amount of language with around 100 F words, violence is somewhat intense but not graphic, and there... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 27, 2013
Teen, 17 years old Written bySean Broucek November 29, 2013

Complex and violent drug-fueled action thriller is well-acted and great, but not for kids.

Parents, this well-acted and intense thriller, with a screenplay from Sylvester Stallone is sure to appeal to young action fans, but the strong language and blo... Continue reading

What's the story?

Ex-Interpol agent and widower Phil Broker (Jason Statham) moves with his young daughter to a small Louisiana town to disappear and start over. Taught by her father to defend herself, the girl beats up the school bully, and inadvertently starts a feud. The bully's mother (Kate Bosworth) calls in her brother, Gator (James Franco), a local meth dealer. Gator learns of Broker's past and attempts to sell him up the river in exchange for a larger territory. He also enlists his girlfriend, Sheryl (Winona Ryder), to call in the help of a dangerous thug. Broker tries to stay out of trouble, but when things escalate to a group of hired killers showing up at his doorstep, he must rely on all his old skills to survive and protect his daughter.

Is it any good?

With a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone, HOMEFRONT had the potential to be a solid, unpretentious action-crime movie, but falls a bit short. The cast certainly doesn't hurt, though. Jason Statham is at his scowling, rapid-fire, buzzsaw-voiced best. James Franco is in full lunatic mode, funny and menacing. And Winona Ryder is truly surprising as Franco's trashy partner in crime. In smaller roles, Kate Bosworth and Rachelle Lefevre are also memorable.
 
Despite some ridiculous twists and turns, the movie could have worked with a lightfooted, confident, breezy touch, but instead director Gary Fleder seems to have missed the point. His handling of Statham's razor-precise fight scenes is clumsy and inept, with rapid cutting destroying the clarity of the brawls. You can't even tell who is who. Worse, he handles the storytelling with a grim attitude -- an indifference toward a child in peril, for example -- thereby drowning out the movie's potential fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. What is the movie's message about self-defense, non-violence, and revenge? Can a movie support an non-violent philosophy while being extremely violent?
  • Does this movie make using meth look appealing? What is appealing or interesting about stories about drug dealers and drug users?
  • How do the characters in this movie deal with bullies? Is there another way, or a better way?

Movie details

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