September 26th, 2009



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A jilted ex-girlfriend plots revenge after her former beau comes back to their hometown with a new lover.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 5.1/10 (1,881 voted)

Critic's Score: 21/100

Director: Morgan J. Freeman

Stars: Mischa Barton, Matt Long, Jessica Stroup

Mike was the star quarterback in a blue-collar small town where football is everything. After receiving a scholarship to Northwestern University, he returns home over Christmas break and everyone is surprised to see him with a new girlfriend, Elizabeth, a pretty rich girl from Chicago. No one is more shocked than Mike's homecoming queen ex-girlfriend, Shelby, who desperately wants Elizabeth out of the picture. After a freak car accident leaves an injured Elizabeth at the mercy of Shelby, all hell breaks loose as Shelby does everything it takes to get Mike back.

Mischa Barton - Shelby Mercer
Matt Long - Mike Donaldson
Jessica Stroup - Elizabeth Mitchum
Michael Landes - Billy Fletcher
Allen Williamson - Adams
Joshua Elijah Reese - Billick
Nick Pasqual - Davis
Joe Forgione - Elfman
Alex Hooper - Jablonski
Cassandra Nentwig - Monica
Danielle Simone - Jackie
Hunter Seagroves - Eddie
Robert Haley - Lloyd Christiansen
Mary Decaro - Taylor (as Mary Griffin)
Amanda Jane Cooper - Aleisha

Taglines: A girl never forgets her first love...


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 26 September 2009

Filming Locations: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,500,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Continuity: When Mike and Shelby are alone in the bowling alley, she pours him an Iced Tea. As the conversation continues, his drink switches to his right and his left. When it's on his right, it's appears to be a Coke. When it's on his left, it's an iced tea again.

User Review

Wait, Wait... You Say You've Seen This Before?

Rating: 6/10

IMDb plot says: A jilted ex-girlfriend has a plan in store for her former beau, who is coming back to his small town with a new lover. Gavin says: This is true, if we say he's coming back for one weekend and that her plan is only developed on accident, not ahead of time.

I had a difficult time with "Homecoming". The film is not anything particularly new. Many have compared it to "Misery", and you can see a connection in just about any kidnapping film. So, if you're looking for a whole new plot, you won't find it. You will probably just end up wondering why the kidnapper (Shelby) doesn't kill the girlfriend right away. I mean, if she wants to get back with her ex, it doesn't really help to have his current love tied up in the bedroom. But the difficult time for me wasn't because it was bad -- in fact, the suspense was so well crafted, I kept myself up well past a sensible bed time to catch the end.

Mischa Barton does a fine job as Shelby. Her personal problems aside, Barton is a decent actress. Most people probably know her from "The OC", but since I never saw that show, I know her from a little film called "Walled In" (which, I suppose, was not as good as "Homecoming"). The other actors are also good, but I've already forgotten their names.

Director Morgan J. Freeman (no relation) has an interesting vision. The film is bland in its cinematography, its angles, its use of music, its pace... there's really nothing exciting here. There's the suspense, as I said, and a little bit of gore. But the film doesn't shine as bright as Freeman's "American Psycho 2" (which I loved, I don't care what you say). For the first twenty or so minutes, I thought my boss had sent me a drama to review, and I was somewhat bitter about it.

But yes, the film is decent, and better than many of the films you'll find on the video shelf. I think two other films I caught recently, "Nature's Grave" and "Sick Girl", would be better choices for the horror fans, but if you want a light thriller, this might meet your needs. By no means will it go down as a classic or even all that memorable, but it's worth a view.


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