Animus Films, Paramount
Matt Long, Jessica Stroup, Mischa Barton
Anyone here read Misery? If you read the book or saw the movie, then you’ve already seen this movie. Honestly, it was almost 100% the same film, almost down to the dialog. Someone in a review compared this to Fatal Attraction for teens. Nope, this was Misery for teens. I don’t want to give away the story, but every major scene was in there.
If it wasn’t such a blatant rip-off, I probably would have really liked it. It was a well done movie, and the characters were pretty well acted. Teenage football hero, now a College football star comes back home to his high school for Homecoming (hence the title) and for a ceremony to retire jersey number 7! He brings his new girlfriend for the celebration. Trouble is, his high school sweetheart doesn’t quite get that it’s over, and she isn’t happy that he has someone else. Turns out she’s a pretty twisted soul. There’s a whole back story about her and her recently deceased mother that isn’t really developed thoroughly. Now both girls do some pretty dumb things, and the football hero/jock is pretty stupid as well. Same for the callers to the farm house. Everybody here is pretty stupid, but I guess that’s the point.
If you haven’t seen both movies, watch Misery with James Caan and Kathy Bates (It’s a Stephen King st0ry) as it’s must better, or if you’re so inclined, watch them both and learn what “derivative” means!
Not a bad movie, but there’s really no surprises either. Except that this is another of those movies filmed in “The Burgh”. Yep, Pittsburgh, Pa.