• Unrated, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Mike Leigh
    In Theaters:
    Mar 16, 1982 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 28, 2004

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Home Sweet Home Reviews

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Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

July 20, 2013
Just because "Home Sweet Home" is less oppressive than some of Mike Leigh's other kitchen sink dramas, it does not mean that the characters here are any less miserable. Stan(Eric Richard), Gordon(Timothy Spall, impossibly young) and Harold(Tim Barker) may work as postmen but it is not their work lives that drive them to drink, even with Harold's awful jokes. It is their lives at home which make them miserable. Whether or not that has anything to do with them all being married is up for debate. To be honest, Stan's wife did leave him which probably says more about him than anything else. That leaves him plenty of time to listen to music, ignore his teenaged daughter in foster care, have tea with Hazel(Kay Stonham), Gordon's wife who just lost a lot of weight, pick up strange women in laundromats and court June(Su Elliott), Harold's wife. Hazel and June are both housewives(the movie is also a little dated) and have different thoughts about how their marriages should work starting with Gordon having more energy and ideas June gets from her beloved soap operas. So, in other words, everybody is missing happiness because they don't see what is directly in front of them. And won't somebody please think of the children?
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

July 20, 2013
Just because "Home Sweet Home" is less oppressive than some of Mike Leigh's other kitchen sink dramas, it does not mean that the characters here are any less miserable. Stan(Eric Richard), Gordon(Timothy Spall, impossibly young) and Harold(Tim Barker) may work as postmen but it is not their work lives that drive them to drink, even with Harold's awful jokes. It is their lives at home which make them miserable. Whether or not that has anything to do with them all being married is up for debate. To be honest, Stan's wife did leave him which probably says more about him than anything else. That leaves him plenty of time to listen to music, ignore his teenaged daughter in foster care, have tea with Hazel(Kay Stonham), Gordon's wife who just lost a lot of weight, pick up strange women in laundromats and court June(Su Elliott), Harold's wife. Hazel and June are both housewives(the movie is also a little dated) and have different thoughts about how their marriages should work starting with Gordon having more energy and ideas June gets from her beloved soap operas. So, in other words, everybody is missing happiness because they don't see what is directly in front of them. And won't somebody please think of the children?
dfwforeignbuff
October 20, 2009
Home Sweet Home (1982) One of Mr Leigns early movies this was made for British TV in the "Play for Today" series. Three postal workers and their dysfunctional families interact over cups of tea and Sunday dinner. Stan, Gordon, and Harold sort mail. While the clueless Harold's at work, Stan nips round for loveless sex with Harold's near-sighted, romance-starved wife, June. When Gordon's out, Hazel invites Stan in for tea, randy talk, and to show off her newly-thin figure. Motor-mouthed, intrusive social workers want Stan to spend time with his teenage daughter, Tina, "fostered out" since Stan's divorce. One Sunday, Hazel invites Stan and Tina to dinner; Gordon and Hazel argue; it's on to Stan's, where June shows up wanting a private talk. She's miserable. Tina mutely looks on. This was an amusing film about 3 post office workers and their families. Stan who's wife had gone and left him was busy having affairs or chatting up his mate's wives and other ladies. His poor daughter must have found it hard when she came to visit from a children's home and it all came to a head in front of her. She may think twice about visiting her Dad again let alone living with him! I had to feel sorry for Harold, whatever he tried to do for for his wife (June) he couldn't please her and his attempts at humor failed to amuse his work mates. I think Hazel was simply being friendly when she asked Stan in for a chat and had no intention of having an affair with him. She is a friendly and outgoing. After all it was her husbands idea! Not as good to me as his later works but shows the insights about what is to come with Mr Leign. You will understand more of this one if you have good insights in the the British lower and middle class. I found it enjoyable but the women a little too b/i/t/i/c/h/y for my tastes.
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