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Homemakers2014

  • 3.4
  • passes the bechdel test
Part-time punk singer Irene McCabey moonlights as full-time harbinger of chaos (and her life in Austin is crumbling as a result). When her ex-girlfriend moves to kick her out of their band, Irene receives big news: an estranged grandfather has bequeathed to her a dilapidated house across the country in Pittsburgh. Stalling in the Steel City to forget her woes, Irene enlists a long-lost cousin to assist in a drunken renovation project. As the newfound relatives put their mark on the forgotten family home, cracks in the wild-child's hardened facade begin to show, but when an unexpected visitor comes knocking, Irene must choose between her newfound domestic side and her unquenchable desire for self-destruction.

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This is an amazing movie!

Like the film itself, Rachel McKeon delivers a rebellious, goofy and rage fueled performance. It is as if she feels the need to leave her mark on every single bit of space within which she walks. In a drunken moment of clarity our protagonist decides to stand her ground. "This is my mess," she declares. And she is correct.

The mess belongs to her and she is fighting to not only belong but to fully own her place in life. Fitting in or conforming is of no importance. It is the establishment of her own unique space and connecting to loved ones to share it that is her goal.

Irene's house is a mess, but it is slowing forming into a state of stability whether she fulling understands that is unanswered. Colin Healey's film is a wild mess that celebrates life rather than exploiting it. His protagonist may be extreme, but there is a bit of her in all of us. If there isn't, what kind of joy can we ever expect to find.

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This is an amazing movie!

Like the film itself, Rachel McKeon delivers a rebellious, goofy and rage fueled performance. It is as if she feels the need to leave her mark on every single bit of space within which she walks. In a drunken moment of clarity our protagonist decides to stand her ground. "This is my mess," she declares. And she is correct.

The mess belongs to her and she is fighting to not only belong but to fully own her place in life. Fitting in or conforming is of no importance. It is the establishment of her own unique space and connecting to loved ones to share it that is her goal.

Irene's house is a mess, but it is slowing forming into a state of stability whether she fulling understands that is unanswered. Colin Healey's film is a wild mess that celebrates life rather than exploiting it. His protagonist may be extreme, but there is a bit of her in all of us. If there isn't, what kind of joy can we ever expect to find.

3 members like this review

Contrived and Sophomoric. Poor filming, hackneyed plot devices and stereotypical characters seem to be the hallmarks of these "mumble-core" movies. I imagine Colin Healey will be directing an X-Men movie in 5 years. Obligatory indie movie, resume padding.

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i don't want her you can have her she's too fat for me_mostly sort of dumb_but interesting none the less and filled with a bunch of odd characters_foremost being Irene_who is a super singer & always on the edge_so i'd say it's crazy & fun

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Carried an interesting narrative, but parts seemed a bit contrived or "made up." Irene's a misfit and this is her story, but it's not quite convincing. Still, since when does manic need to be convincing. If you watch this, perhaps listening to Brave Combo, the punk-polka band from Denton Texas, will make a nice chaser.

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Tour de coarse. Homemakers is somewhere between Peter Hedges and Harmony Korine. This whole thing is a vodka drenched mess, but Rachel McKeon absolutely kills.

That paint roller scene. My God, kid.

Film angst, Rachel McKeon is a hot mess.