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Home Room (2002)

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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
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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.

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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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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: [about Alicia's mocking comments toward the police] They're the police!
Alicia Browning: Yeah, we go way back.
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Sweet Surrender
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The aftermath
18 July 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

"Home Room" came as a total surprise. Not having a clue as to what it was all about, it paid off big time because it doesn't hold any punches and what we see is how lives are changed by the act of a disgruntled young man who decided to victimize his class mates, who are the innocent victims of his rash actions.

Paul Ryan, the director, who is working and editing his own material, is a talented man who is rewarded by some amazing acting all around by his cast.

Alicia Browning is an older girl who is trying to graduate high school. She has been away a couple of years and doesn't seem to be in the same wave length of the other students. For one, she is a rebel with a punk look, lots of makeup and a mouth that will cut anyone who dares to come near her orbit. Alicia was among the students in the home room where nine students have died, supposedly killed by her boyfriend. Alicia, we realize, is a wounded girl who has gone through a terrible ordeal in her life, but we are not given any clues to that effect.

What follows is the aftermath of the tragedy, as it concentrates on a young woman who has survived it. Deanna Cartwright is a wealthy teen ager who shouldn't have been at the school, at all. When a ricochet bullet hit her, she is hospitalized with more than a wound. She is trying to get over this dark period in her mind but the nightmares don't let her forget.

Alicia is made to go to the hospital by the school principal. Since she doesn't cooperate with the police, the head of the school wants her to see Deanna in her terrible state and perhaps she will soften up and will tell the authorities what she knows. Alicia dislikes Deanna, but in a matter of days, both girls will make peace. We don't realize until the last sequence what really happened that horrible day in school.

Busy Phillips makes an excellent Alicia and Erika Christiansen is equally good as Deanna. Victor Garber, James Pinkins, Taylor Holland, and the rest of the cast play as an ensemble.

The film has an intensity because it's not explicit in showing how the shootings occurred, which helps the tone that Mr. Ryan wanted to give this movie.


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