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Honey, I'm Home (2007)

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Genres:
Drama, Family Drama, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Drama
Director:
David Branin David Branin
Starring:
Jake Magnuson Jake Magnuson
Karen Worden Karen Worden

7.1 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Chad
Added: July 23, 2007
He cheated. She knows. That's just about all that you need to know about the storyline for tonight's short film, as to reveal any more would ruin the surprise ending. Suffice it to say that 'he' (Jacob Magnuson) has been unfaithful by pawing some other bitch, 'she' is quite upset about it, and he will do anything to redeem himself in her eyes. His wife (Karen Worden) doesn't know what to make of the whole situation, but will he be able to redeem himself in 'her' eyes?

Let me just get this right out of the way: Honey, I'm Home is not your typical romance / relationship drama. Yes, there is a cheating male at the center of the story, and yes, he does attempt to get back on the good side of the female in his life, but there is a surprising twist towards the end that will completely throw you for a loop. In this day and age where every film has to have some sort of a twist ending, it's refreshing to find one that actually works and doesn't feel tacked on. This one simply worked, and it pulled the appropriate reaction from yours truly.

To describe it much more than that would be a disservice to first-time viewers. If I were to tell you that it's a horror film (it's not), you'd go in with expectations of seeing somebody getting killed or witnessing some sort of macabre ending. What I will say is that it's a damned fine film that sets out to pull a particular emotion from the audience, and even those of you who - like me - sneer at any type of film dealing with romance, love, or relationships will likely get a kick out of it.

I particularly enjoyed David Branin's last short film (Shoot-Out), and once again, the man has created a movie that is seemingly outside of my preferred style of digital entertainment; however, much like Shoot-Out, it turned out to be a highly enjoyable piece that left me surprised at how much I loved it. If you're in the California area next month, make sure you head down to the CineSpace Digital Superclub and check out the premiere - otherwise, keep an eye on their official site for the eventual DVD news. It's well worth it. 8/10.
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Review by Tristan
Added: October 17, 2007
He cheated, she knows was going to be my opening line, but it seems my fellow reviewer already stole that idea. I don't blame him, and for two very good reasons:

1) He saw the movie first.
2) With a tagline like that, how could you not want to see it?

John (Jake Magnuson) arrives home, disheveled and panicked. Peering through the windows, he seems pretty reluctant to enter. Spinning his wedding band, and picking up wedding photos with a melancholy look on his face is probably enough of a hint to the viewers what our on-screen friend has been up to. In a pretty typical confession, John apologizes for "the one time mistake" and swears up and down she was "just a stupid bitch". With an apology like that, how could a gal resist? Well his gal (Karen Worden), seems pretty blown away by the whole ordeal, and you can't help but snicker at John's predicament, and wonder just how the hell he's going to dig his way out of this one.

The ending completely threw me for a loop. About 30 seconds into the film, I was sure I had it figured out. There I was sitting in my chair, big dumb grin on my face, thinking I was smarter than the average Joe. Wrong. Not only was I dead wrong, but I laughed my ass off at just how wrong I was. Six minutes is a pretty short run time, and understandably, there's no definite genre until the last second, what with the twist and all. So really, to say much more would spoil the surprise.

As with Shoot-Out, there's no official DVD release yet. But it's been making the rounds, with two screenings next week in fact. I'm not American, so I don't know where they are. You can figure it out on the official website, since I'm sure all of you are net savvy. If it does get an official release, pick it up. I'm sure it'll be in the midst of some other films, so even if the rest are awful, this one is worth the purchase.

8/10
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Kari Byron's Sex Cyborg #1: Kari Byron's Sex Cyborg - added 02/27/2008, 12:24 PM
I really like how the short is able to actually immerse the viewer within the drama before being spun around and given the twist. Not that I think I deserve a cookie, but I did have the twist in mind early on.
7/10
bluemeanie #2: bluemeanie - added 02/27/2008, 02:37 PM
Wow. I guess I am just The Grinch. I had a few minutes to kill today and gave it a shot, but it just didn't do anything for me. I didn't find anything exceptional about the production value, and the performances seemed pretty standard. I am not going to say it's a bad movie, but you can tell it cost less than $100.00 to make and production value and design goes a long way with me, even with low budget fare. 4/10.
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