The direct-to-DVD release, “Homecoming,” which is available beginning Oct. 22, tells the story of old college friends gathering for a weekend nearly 20 years after their graduation – and after hearing about the passing of one of their friends. So, it’s basically an updated, low-budgeted, under-the-radar version of “The Big Chill,” just without the nostalgia factor.
Well, there is kind of a nostalgia factor. One character brings out his hammer pants, but those got their start in the 80s. That’s really about it. The music is modern, as is all the things they do to “relive” their past. Drinking 40 ounce bottles of Olde English and smoking weed are just two of those things.
Each character is introduced via their senior portrait. And it’s not just a shot of the photo and then a transition to the character walking into the setting; it’s an unnecessarily flashy, near MTV-style introduction.
And why couldn’t the filmmakers come up with a title that has not been used many, many, times before? It’s going to be difficult for people to ask someone if he or she has seen “Homecoming” when there are countless others with that or “The Homecoming” as the title or subtitle. Just looking through the IMDb search, it shows a film called “Homecoming” from 1948 with Clark Gable; one from 2009 with Mischa Barton; and one that was a TV movie with Anne Bancroft. Heck, there’s a horror film that was released this year with that title.
There is one great scene where the friends are gathered, and they discuss the ridiculousness of Tyler Perry films and the “Big Momma’s House” series. Oh, if only Hollywood would listen. But aside from that and a few strong moments of acting by Sheldon Shaw and Ruby Miles, “Homecoming” is a rather forgettable film.