A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD
Director: Michael Mayer
Cast: Colin Farrell, Robin Wright Penn, Dallas Roberts, Sissy Spacek
Release Date: November 5th 2004
Colin Farrell’s manhood was allegedly given the chop after early preview audiences found it too distracting but there are more sizable, less excisable problems with this unconventional, but ultimately unconvincing, drama.
Starting off promisingly as a gayer, druggier take on The Wonder Years it charts the friendship between suburban friends, hippy orphan Bobby (Farrell) and the more troubled, homosexual Jonathan (newcomer Roberts), following them to early 80s New York where they form an alternative three-person family with older, free-spirited divorcee Clare (Wright Penn). Eventually a baby makes four, stretching the love triangle to breaking point.
Hard to fault the performances but practically every scene settles down for a soporific group hug rather than wrestle with anything approaching genuine conflict. Farrell’s passive protagonist remains a sweet, blank cipher and for all the indie credentials there’s too much slick Hollywood-esque musical montage on show. It’s all very touchy-feely without ever really connecting.
* * (two stars)
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