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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

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Paul F. Ryan
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Company Credits

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

Deanna Cartwright: There's nothing wrong with being a virgin!
Alicia Browning: Of course not. It's hip to be a virgin nowadays.
Deanna Cartwright: It's never hip to be a virgin. It's really hard.
Alicia Browning: I'm sure it is. Oh, there's a song about it.
Deanna Cartwright: A song?
Alicia Browning: Yeah. I think it's Bananarama? No, no, no, it's the Go-Gos! "Our Lips are sealed."
Deanna Cartwright: What?
Alicia Browning: "Our Lips are sealed."
[while rolling the eyes down and then looking back up]
Alicia Browning: It's about a bunch of chicks trying to stay virgins.
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Why did this amazing movie not get more publicity?
7 September 2005 | by guitar7171See all my reviews

The industry dropped the ball on this. The trailer does not do the movie justice and when this opened it was on a hand full of screens. Had people had an opportunity to see this, work of mouth would have made it very successful. The 2 lead actresses each give great emotional performances that really draw you in to the story and especially the characters. I checked this out based on the rave recommendation Richard Roeper or (Ebert and Roeper) in his book. An example of a great film that never got fully released except on a few screens. Which gave it no chance to be seen. Some movies go to video quickly because they aren't that good. This is Oscar worthy and it's a tragedy on many levels that most will never even hear of it. Maybe via word of mouth it will gain a following on DVD or cable. If you haven't see this movie you should. Great performances of the 2 lead actresses make this movie. It could have just been another formulaic teen movie after school special but instead it stands up well to other note worthy films. Girl Interrupted comes to mind. If you like that you will like this.

Both girls are in one amazing emotional scene after another without coming off as melodramatic. Even though Alicia is angry and Deanna is crying through most of the movie it is done is such a real way that they do not come off as stereotypical characters or as melodramatic. The movie will move you in many scenes and if you are an aspiring actor use these real performances as your school. Erica is even better in this than in Traffic. I hope both of these actors get more roles that utilize their talents as well and let them shine. See this movie and if you like, recommend to friends so it doesn't get lost among all the blockbuster crap that comes out every year. This movie was buried while Spiderman 2 tops records. What kind of word are we living in? AGHhh. So to make the world right again see this and recommend it.


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