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Home Room (2002)

R | | Crime, Drama | 12 April 2002 (USA)
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A high school shooting has repercussions on the town and students.

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Paul F. Ryan

Writer:

Paul F. Ryan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Busy Philipps ... Alicia Browning
Erika Christensen ... Deanna Cartwright
Victor Garber ... Det. Martin Van Zandt
Raphael Sbarge ... Det. Macready
Ken Jenkins ... Police Captain
Holland Taylor ... Dr. Hollander
Arthur Taxier ... Mr. Browning
James Pickens Jr. ... Principal Robbins
Constance Zimmer ... Assistant Kelly
Richard Gilliland ... Mr. Cartwright
Roxanne Hart ... Mrs. Cartwright
Agnes Bruckner ... Cathy
Nathan West ... James
Theodore Borders ... Terrance
Ben Gould Ben Gould ... Doug
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Storyline

The aftermath of a high school shooting leaves Deanna Cartwright seriously wounded and nine others dead, including the perpetrator. Det. Martin Van Zandt is assigned the unenviable task of investigating the crime and finding someone to hold responsible. His attention settles on Alicia Browning, a darkly troubled outsider who, as the only person present throughout the entire incident, is both the key witness and a possible suspect. Further complicating her isolated existence, Alicia's high school principal compels her to pay a reluctant visit on the still-hospitalized Deanna. Privileged and popular, Deanna differs dramatically from the alienated Alicia. Yet, beneath an upbeat appearance, she is struggling desperately with the emotional and physical scars left by the attack. Over the next few days, united by nothing more than their common suffering, the two young women form an unlikely friendship to cope with the tragic events that threaten to overwhelm them. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

A senseless tragedy. An unlikely friendship. A search for answers.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barátnők a bajban See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,467, 5 September 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,216, 11 September 2003
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Production Co:

Homeroom LLC See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While taking Deanna home from hospital her father switches through the stations and one of the songs that plays briefly is "I don't like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats, which was inspired by the Cleveland Elementary School shooting in 1979. See more »

Goofs

When Principal Robbins opens the locker for Detective Van Zandt, the locker has a keyed combination dial on it. When Van Zandt slams the locker shut, the dial is missing and there are holes in the door where it was moments before. See more »

Quotes

Alicia Browning: What did you put in this?
Deanna Cartwright: Potassium chlorate. It'd kill you before you hit the ground.
Alicia Browning: So it's faster than smoking.
Deanna Cartwright: You made a joke.
Alicia Browning: Yeah. And it took a lot out of me. So, don't expect another one. Come on.
Deanna Cartwright: [pause] If it makes you feel any better, it wasn't a very good joke.
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Connections

References The Crocodile Hunter (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Our Lips are Sealed
Written by Jane Wiedlin
Performed by The Go-Go's
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Wow - a stunning movie - I could not break myself away from it
29 January 2005 | by jwysackSee all my reviews

I was up late flipping cable channels one night and ran into this movie from about 10 minutes into the start - every time I even thought going to bed, something kept on telling me to keep on watching it even though it was way way way past my bedtime.

This movie could have been another easy slam dunk anti-gun film, but instead they chose to examine the aftereffects of the shootings. And even better, the movie kept on with the real life - just when you think they are going to take the easy and obviously contrived way out, a twist comes along and changes the whole outlook of the movie. This film not only doesn't follow the formula, it shows how other events often lead up to and/or affect what happens afterwards.

I only wish the filmmakers had explored the issues around anti-depressant drugs more - the kids from Columnbine who did the shootings were on them for years and it was frightening to watch the way Deanna popped them every time the nightmares started. Up until recently they were dispensing the stuff like candy and only now do they even begin to understand what long term effects the drugs have. It was very refreshing to see that the mental illness aspect of the story was given quite a bit of film, having a relative who suffers from a mental illness, I can say that the movie was dead nuts on in every aspect of mental illnesses. Bravo to the director and writer who obviously did their homework on those issues. And for those who think certain things couldn't happen in a hospital (I don't want to tell any particulars), you're dead wrong on that too - I've been there. The script was so real it was amazing.

Go BUY this film and show it to your teenage kids before it's too late. Someday they'll thank you for it.


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