| March 1, 2010

What happens when a fame- starved parolee gets a free ticket to spend a week with a couple who happen to be Television producers? Yup, a lot of mayhem. Homewrecker follows the exploits of Boyd, better known as “Shawn” as he attempts any ploy he can devise to become their new TV star.
Unfortunately, the situational comedy is not as funny in execution as it may have been in conception. Granted, the movie is very stylistic in its bold colors, catchy music, and exaggerated performances. Most of the acting is done as if the people are portraying caricatures as opposed to actual characters. So perhaps this movie just doesn’t appeal to my sense of comedy but a leading character whom I don’t find likable, sympathetic, or even particularly disdainful leaves a blase taste in my mouth. Boyd, as played by Dylan Vox, is a bit demented, a fact that the director displays several times with creepy music and a creepy laugh to accompany a close up on his “crazed” eyes. Along with Boyd’s “psycho” moments are foreshadowing and repetitious dialogue; three techniques which seem a bit overdone and contrived. They are so in- your- face that they dictate the plot to the audience instead of simply portraying and progressing it. The plot itself is a bit weak in that this goofy character is able to cause infidelity and believes that sabotaging a show or relationships will grant him his stardom.
The movie does have its good aspects. Peter Szeliga who portrays Derrick, one half of the TV couple is a great contrast with his partner Collin, played by Bruce L. Hart. Derrick seems like a more realistic character while Collin is a bit extreme in his facial expressions and inflections. Ernest Pierce who portrays their neighbor Donovan also turned in a believable performance. Derrick and Donovan seem to have the most subtle characters and don’t seem to go for the caricature style. Rebekah Kochan deserves mention as Boyd’s fan who funds his exploits. She is definitely over- the- top but in contrast with Boyd’s “psycho” moments, her psychotic tendencies are more disturbing as they are sporadic. Also, while the movie follows a “twisted” individual, it doesn’t do what most psycho- thriller or dark comedies go for- dark, brooding ambience. This movie keeps it on the light, campy side with its bold colors and fun music. Boyd is demented, but not dark. Kudos for style but Boyd’s craziness is and much of the humor is lost to hyperbole and goofiness. I just wish the movie was as consistent with its comedic moments as it was with its style.
Homewrecker is not appropriate for kids under 17. There is a lot of eye candy, and a lot of flesh for the sake of it, combined with some adult content and language. The comedy was a bit lost on me but admittedly, I enjoyed it more the second time around. So if you are looking for a silly, but “twisted comedy” which runs about 100 minutes, Homewrecker may be a fun movie for you.

About the Author:

Alicia Ayoub has been published by Filmmonthly.com and "Verve" Magazine of Hendersonville, Nc. Her passion for the entertainment industry does not end with the pen. After working as a theatrical stage manager for over a decade, she is trying her hand at film making; having worked for Dreamworks, PBS, and Stormcatcher Films. Currently, Alicia is revising a screenplay in between movie gigs.
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