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Homefront Review

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3.0

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  • 2.0
    39

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    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    Variety Scott Foundas

    What sounds like a veritable B-movie wet dream — with that master of the subzero scowl, Jason Statham, starring in a screenplay written by Sylvester Stallone — turns out to be considerably less than the sum of its parts.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Homefront is sufficiently silly and low-down to be entertaining on a certain marginal level, but it wouldn't appear that those involved, with the possible exception of Franco, approached this with the idea that they might be making good trash; it looks too elaborate and costly for that and the script exhibits no self-aware humor.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Homefront is what "Breaking Bad" may have resembled had Sylvester Stallone written the TV show.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Line to line, Stallone has a particularly numbing penchant for the f-word. But the key f-word in Homefront is "familiar."

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    This is a well-made thriller traveling over awfully familiar turf.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    A few months from now, no one will remember it, but Homefront isn't made for the long-haul. It's assembled simply for the 100 minutes when the viewer is in theater and, on a certain level, that's sufficient.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 17 & under

Drugs, violence, and strong language in clumsy crime movie.

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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
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    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.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: 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.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    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 false4

    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 false5

    Language: Language is very strong and frequent, including "f--k," "motherf--ker," "s--t," "p---y," "ass," "hell," "bitch," and "whore."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: iPhones are shown throughout.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and 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.

Fan Reviews provided by

3

Predictable story. by gelox
Good actors and story, well played. I'd watch it on DVD at home, save money.

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