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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 starsTHERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOMENov. 18 2013
By The Movie Guy - Published on Amazon.com
On the surface this is your typical quirky comedy about a dysfunctional family combined with a chick flick. The film opens with a young Imogene (Sydney Lucas) wanting to change the most famous line from "The Wizard of Oz." After all who would want to go to Kansas once you have been in Oz. The film smartly copies the theme and to some extent, the characters of the famous film.
Imogene (Kristen Wiig/Dorothy) is forced to go back home from NYC (Oz) to her family home in Ocean City, N.J. Her mother (Annette Bening/ Glenda) is over the top and lives with a younger man, George the Boushe (Matt Dillon/ Cowardly Lion) who claims he is CIA and has been a Samurai for 25 years, but seems more like a con artist. Her seeming half-wit brother Ralph (Christopher Fitzgerald/ Scarecrow) likes crabs and creates an infinite stream of metaphors about homes and protection. Imogene has discovered her room has been rented out to Lee (Darren Criss/ Tin Man) a man who is deeper than what is seen on the surface.
Imogene's goal is to return to Oz and find the Wizard (Bob Balaban).
This is not a great comedy by any means. It is just a simple heart warming story and chick flick that was smartly written by Michelle Morgan. I loved it, even if no one else did. Good Date night film.
Parental Guide: 1 written F-bomb subscript supposedly spoken in Chinese. No nudity. Implied sex.
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 starsLovelyNov. 7 2013
By Suus - Published on Amazon.com
What a lovely movie with classic, colorful characters. This is one of those movies that will be enjoyed in the future, right now too many people expect a big comedy, or a laugh-out-loud riot like Bridesmaids, but this is more of an indie comedy/drama with a few laughs, and quirky likability. If you like Little Miss Sunshine or The Way Way Back, you might really enjoy this little gem!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 starsLoved this movie, get ready for some emotions, this is not a generic chick flick comedyJune 27 2014
By Ally - Published on Amazon.com
Lovely movie with deep characters, really makes you think. This is not Bridesmaids, do not expect silly jokes and crude laughs
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 starsSurprisingly FunnyNov. 13 2013
By Hanna C. McKinney - Published on Amazon.com
I originally watched this movie for Darren Criss and thought that he was phenomenal in it. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the movie in general. I normally choose not to watch Kristen Wiig's movies because they tend to be gross but this was actually a pretty clean comedy that I am not embarrassed to watch with my family. Darren was still the best part in my opinion but the movie was still great on its own.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 starsFunny & enjoyable but not as laugh-out-loud funny that you would expect from Kristin Wiig. More art house then main stream.Nov. 3 2013
By Tony Heck - Published on Amazon.com
"You spend so long staring at one thing and then one day everything else comes into view and there you are. I'm like a big joke." After her boyfriend breaks up with her and she loses her job Imogene (Wiig) overdoses and tries to kill herself...maybe. The doctors want her to go home to a place where she can be loved and cared for, her mother (Benning). This change does not go as smooth as the doctor expected. While trying to adjust to this drastic change in her life she learns of a family secret that changes everything. There is a saying "you can't judge a book by it's cover", I am coming up with a new saying "you can't judge a movie by it's cast". I was looking forward to this because of Kristin Wiig. There have been many recent movies where actors that are mostly in main stream comedies do more art house type comedy. Tina Fey in Admission, Paul Rudd in Prince Avalanche and now this one with Kristin Wiig. While this is a comedy at its core it does have many dramatic aspects and isn't the type of movie you would expect from Wiig. Not that this isn't good, it just wasn't really what I expected. If you are into laugh-out-loud comedies this isn't one of them. If you are into more off beat movies with a few laughs then this is one for you. Overall, funny but just not what I expected. I give it a B-.