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Rated NR · 2009

American expatriate Jon Jost returned to the Pacific northwest—the locale of his shattering Sure Fire (1990) and The Bed You Sleep In (1993)—for this 2004 drama about a confused and jobless 26-year-old whose kid brother comes back from Iraq in a body bag. Like the earlier movies, it casts nonprofessional actors as the dysfunctional family members, but apart from the bold and original use of split screen at the beginning, it's mawkish and unconvincing. I share much of Jost's anger and despair over the war's impact on our national health, but he forces his hand by making all the characters unsympathetic fuckups. 104 min.
Official Site: www.homecoming-movie.com
Director: Morgan J. Freeman
Writer: Jake Goldberger, Katie Fetting and Frank M. Hannah
Producer: Jim Young, Austin Stark, Bill Papariella and Bingo Gubelmann
Cast: Mischa Barton, Matt Long, Jessica Stroup, Michael Landes, Robert Haley, Hunter Seagroves, Allen Williamsom, Joshua Eliah Reese, Nick Pasqual and Joe Forgione

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