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  • 2.0

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  • 20

    out of 100

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Homecoming is coldly efficient for what it is. But what it is is trash.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    Glued together with shards from much better movies, the humorless plot offers no mystery about who's doing what to whom, or why.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    An unmitigated B-movie that isn't thrilling enough or cheesy enough to make it worth the trip.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Competent but unimaginative horror entry.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Teen thriller/romance is gory but ho-hum. Skip it.

What 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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
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    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.

  • rolemodels true0

    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.

What to watch for
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    Violence: 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.

  • sex false3

    Sex: 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.

  • language false3

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

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Frequent shots of the iPhone, as well as car and liquor logos.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of drinking at bars and social gatherings by college kids who are underage freshmen. They do shots and drink beer.