Home Sweet Hell (2015)

Comedy, Drama
Katherine Heigl, Jordana Brewster, Patrick Wilson, Kevin McKidd
Don Champagne seems to have it all but when his wife, Mona, learns of Don's affair with a pretty new salesgirl, Mona will stop at nothing to maintain their storybook life.
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  • 03 Feb 2015 Released:
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Katherine Heigl wishes she was Amazing Amy - Gone Girl this is not4/10
Don't worry, I'll keep it short. HOME SWEET HELL is yet another movie that doesn't live up to its trailer. I do like films about psycho killers and maniacs, and films that have weird/awkward tones. This film has those things, but the writing lets it down massively. I can abide unlikeable and unsympathetic characters (which this movie is filled with), but there was no attempt to deepen them in any way. As such, you're given a bunch of walking, talking cliches that you don't care about one bit. As far as the plot and concept goes, it's a pretty cool one. You have Katherine Heigl playing to her strengths as a cold, manipulative (insert preferred derogatory term for females) who is wife to one of the most weak-minded, ineffectual husbands ever put to film (played by Patrick Wilson). When a workplace dalliance comes back to bite him in the rear, his wife basically forces him to get rid of the problem. To be fair, I was along for the ride until the point at which this occurs. After that, you have a ridiculous subplot involving some lowlifes that didn't really need to be part of the story. And the ending was rather crass, even for the semi-satirical material, not to mention open-ended in a way that it didn't need to be. To the film's credit, I did enjoy the performances by Patrick Wilson and Katherine Heigl. Jordana Brewster did a decent job, but was better as eye-candy than an actual character. Even Jim Belushi shows up for several scenes, although his character wasn't that well-written either. When it comes down to it, I would have liked something with a little more satirical bite and a little less overt sexism and misogyny (neither of which are treated in *wink wink* fashion). Overall, HOME SWEET HELL has a few good moments but still manages to squander a rather cool concept and the talents of its cast.
Gone Girl as bad, poorly directed, and full of blood movie4/10
I saw HSH before it were released and my firs thought (after that) was: what the hell is this?

Really. If you watch this movie you are going to understand me very well. For moments, you don't know if you're watching a bad comedy o a bad drama.

Most of all, as another user said before me: it looks like Gone Girl, and is not. Of course is not.

Heigl is a good actress, or at least I think so. Wilson was amazing in The Ledge, but now, they both seem trying to make comedy and drama at the same time, and I really don't know why.

I didn't get what this movie is, but I get is bad as you know what.
Surprisingly good blend of humor and dark noir10/10
After so many negative reviews, I had to watch. I thought this was really good. While it was very funny at times, it was also extremely tense at the same time. That is unusual. Few can pull this off and if it's not what you're expecting. In fact, it defies expectations if you go by the trailer. This plot definitely keeps you guessing as it veers off into surprising turns. Not your standard Hollywood predictability. That it keeps you guessing is to its credit. Heigl was amazing particularly in that one scene where her husband is confessing and she is rubbing lotion on her hands. Will definitely watch again. Lots of twists and great performances by all.
If you like dark comedies like Tucker and Dale or Very Bad Things you will like this.6/10
"Perception is everything." Don Champagne (Wilson) has the perfect life, at least it looks that way to everyone else. He runs a car dealership with his friend and is married to Mona (Heigle). She wants everything in her life to be perfect and will stop at nothing to make sure it is. Perfection begins to waver when Don hires a new saleswoman. This is a funny but very dark comedy. I enjoyed it but this is not a movie for everyone. From everything I have heard about Katherine Heigle in the news this seems like the perfect part for her. There really isn't a whole lot to say about this movie other than that. If you like dark comedies like Tucker and Dale or Very Bad Things you will like this. The movie isn't all that original and the cast really makes it better than it is. Overall, if you are a fan of dark comedies this is worth seeing. If you offend easy I would avoid this. I give it a B.
VIEWS ON FILM review of Home Sweet Hell4/10
In the tradition of 1998's Very Bad Things comes a black comedy that defies good taste, or a sense of decency, or even a flask of flat-out humility. Home Sweet Hell is said featurette and it has Katherine Heigl playing Mona Champagne, the impossible wife. She's saddled with a stern disposition and a bad case of obsessive compulsive disorder. Her husband Don Champagne (Patrick Wilson), is a timid pushover, a dude who she's got by the you know what (the derogatory term would be "balls"). Together, they do rotten things in an even more rotten vehicle. This is ninety- eight minutes that screams paycheck malaise or some sort of unnecessary notoriety. Home Sweet Hell with its stars thumbing their nose in a Hollywood power play, is definitely "hell" to sit through.

Supposedly, this is something that hasn't been released in theaters yet and for good reason. Everything on screen seems hasty or rushed, like it was pasted together over a weekend of maligned debauchery. First timer Anthony Burns directs from a script by three writers and he lets the camera demean all of his actors/actresses from top to bottom. The plot sickens the pit of your stomach. It involves infidelity, an act of blackmail, and some gruesomely detailed murders. Don is a furniture salesman and he is married with a beautiful wife plus two kids. He hires a knockout associate (Dusty played by Jordana Brewster) and eventually has a torrid affair with her (Donny boy isn't getting enough sex at home, the horror). When Dusty supposedly becomes pregnant with his child, she demands twenty-five thousand dollars from him. He then buckles, tells his discerned wife, and chaos rears its ugly head. Their by the book marriage needs stability so they devise a plan to take care of the problem (I'm sure you know what I'm talking about). When Dusty goes missing, one cop handles the investigation but is highly oblivious to what's going on. He offers his business card. Wow that's really putting your foot down (oh and its got a new design, gimme a break).

Basically, this is an early candidate for worst film of the year. You know something has gone afoul when well known movie stars team up with a director who doesn't have so much as one other film making credit to his dossier (2010's Skateland). In the arena of acting, Patrick Wilson has played similar characters before (Little Children comes to mind). But he has never come off as more pathetic or dumbfounded. You feel sorry for him without any sympathy. He feels out of place with this performance in a sometimes quirky comedy. And he is only matched badly by Heigl who continues to make lousy decisions in her career. Her line readings seem to be buried in 4/4 time, like a strained musical composition. Lately, her newest foray into TV territory has blossomed with State of Affairs. Her current film resume however, is "D.O.A." The wake is tomorrow and the funeral is destined to occur shortly.

All in all, with a juvenile script, a desperate side role for James Belushi, and a clear, direct-to-video stench, Home Sweet Hell doesn't deviate from cliches, it glorifies them. If disposing a body in heavy rainfall is new to you, well you've obviously never ventured into the realm of bad cinema. Oh and if you haven't caught a Forensic Files episode, poisoning a victim via a strong drink might cause a level of hindrance. Bottom line: Seriously avoid this stink pot. The reading of the ingredients on a shampoo bottle might help you pass the time in a more constructive way.