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Home Sweet Home (1982)





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Stan (Eric Richard), Gordon (Timothy Spall), and Harold (Tim Barker) are postmen who work together as they sort the mail each morning before they go on their rounds. They chat a little about their home lives, and Harold tells terrible riddles and recites song lyrics in a monotone. Harold dotes on his wife, June (Su Elliot), but she's clearly an unhappy woman, and is constantly telling him to leave her alone. Gordon's house is on Stan's route, so Gordon tells his wife, Hazel (Kay Stonham), to invite Stan in for tea when he comes around. She does, but the vivacious woman seems to have more than tea on her mind as she gives Stan a tour of the house, with an emphasis on the bedroom. She suggests that Stan come by for Sunday dinner some time. An overbearingly cheerful social worker, Melody (Frances Barber of Sammy and Rosie Get Laid), shows up at Stan's door and harangues him into spending more time with his estranged teenage daughter, Tina (Lorraine Brunning). Tina's been in foster care for years, ever since Stan's wife ran off. Stan is a busy man, chatting up his co-workers' wives and picking up women at the launderette, but eventually he makes time for a visit. Encouraged by this progress, Melody coerces Stan into bringing Tina home for a weekend. He decides to bring her over to dinner at Gordon and Hazel's, and it soon devolves into a horrific evening, made all the more awkward by an unexpected visit from June. Home Sweet Home, "devised" and directed by Mike Leigh, was originally shown as part of the BBC's Play for Today series. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi


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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?

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