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Far from Home (1989)

June. 30,1989
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Charlie Cox should have stopped for gas in California. While he's on a cross-country trip with his teenage daughter, Joleen, his car hits empty in a creepy town in Nevada. With nary a drop of fuel to be found, Charlie and Joleen stop for the night at a dilapidated trailer park. There, Joleen catches the eye of two teenage boys, Jimmy and Pinky -- either of whom could be the serial killer currently terrorizing the town.


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To me, this movie is perfection.


This was not a good film.


Best movie ever!


A Masterpiece!


Matt Frewer and Drew Barrymore, plus 1989 Jennifer Tilly -- and Susan Tyrrell too? Gotta see this!I liked the first half or so of this one pretty well. It jumps right into the quintessential creepy small town in the middle of nowhere right off the bat, but we quickly discover that the people here are tongue-in-cheek stereotypes and give us some surprising laughs. So we have a movie that's a cross between a dark comedy and a low-budget suspense/horror movie. Oh, plus jailbait Drew in a 2-piece and other skimpy clothes. She's an adult *now*, so... that makes it OK... right???!? Eek.Anyway, among others, Susan "acquired taste" Tyrrell is in fine form here; she made me laugh out loud several times. I think the director was having some fun in a few of her scenes. I know I was! The whole cast does fine. In most ways the movie is competently-enough made. There are some good moments here. However, in the end, the quirky mix of horror and dark comedy which starts us off with such promise loses out to a traditional horror third act, leaving the comedy out. I felt that the movie let me down at that stage.It's still a watchable movie, but it misses being a great movie (at least for a B movie) by changing formula horses in mid-stream. As a result I can only give it a 5.For the record, I hope Hollywood can let kids be kids and not sexualize 13-year-olds in the future. As much as I roll my eyes when a 23-year-old plays a high schooler, there is something worse, and that's putting a kid in front of a camera and inviting us to view her as a sex object. Drew played this role well, and she seems to have grown into a really attractive and healthy adult lately, so I guess there's no reason to go on a warpath over this now. Still, I was uncomfortable watching some of these scenes. Yes, she had a great body, but she was 13 (or maybe 14)! Come on.In spite of the flaws, if you like off-beat movies (or Drew Barrymore), you will probably find this worth watching, especially prior to the third act.


A fourteen year old girl travelling the U.S. National Parks with her estranged father finds herself trapped in a tiny, desolate town when dad's Rambler runs out of gas. Here she becomes involved with a rebellious teenager who appears to have some dark secrets.Director Meiert Avis ignores all the angles and possibilities of Ted Gershuny's slightly promising story and focuses on his sexy young star instead. Barrymore, just thirteen, parades around in crop tops and bikinis, but she isn't able to carry the weight that Avis requires of her. Tommy Lee Wallace's screenplay is poorly developed, which doesn't help, and his complete failure to evolve the movie's interesting characters is a disappointment. Richard Masur's "Duck" never gets a chance, and we don't even catch a glimpse of the killer's psyche. On top of all this is the see through plot. Most viewers that are half awake will manage to figure out the 'twist', long before it's even hinted at.Performances are only reasonable (Richard Masur is an enjoyable exception) in a movie that does benefit from some tense music by composer Jonathan Elias and great cinematography from D.P. Paul Elliot, who makes the most of the desert locale. And editor Marc Grossman does an above average job with "Far From Home", considering the far from satisfying material with which he had to work - though perhaps he could have snipped a little more for our sakes.Sunday, November 6, 1994 - T.V.


1st watched 1/20/1996 - 2 out of 10(Dir- Meiert Avis): Dumb and not very well put together or acted. Barrymore trying to be a b-movie queen for the younger audience doesn't happen.


Drew Barrymore stars with Matt Frewer, Jennifer Tilly, Susan Tyrell and Richard MASur in this murder mystery. Barrymore and her father Frewer are stranded at a trailer park owned by Tyrell. They make friends with Tilly and her mother while someone is stalking them one by one. You can probably guess who's doing it but that doesn't take out the suspense or the one liners. Recommended