A movie review of “Home Sweet Hell”: This problematic but fitfully funny thriller-comedy stars Katherine Heigl as a suburban wife who descends into madness and violence. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4.
Don’t overlook Katherine Heigl next time you’re fantasy-casting the role of Lady Macbeth.
Golden and gleaming in the problematic but fitfully funny thriller-comedy “Home Sweet Hell,” Heigl plays Mona, a suburban goddess without a hair out of place. Alluring in a nightie to her sexually starved husband, Don (Patrick Wilson), Mona keeps her — and his — libido in check until her appointment calendar says it’s time for a prescheduled tryst.
But madness and violence seep, then pour, from behind Mona’s exquisite control as she bullies Don into cleaning up the messy aftermath of an affair he has with an employee (Jordana Brewster) at his furniture store. An unforeseen complication to the extramarital relationship is that it has led to blackmail, murder and the threat of more killings involving three villains.
Movie Review ★★½
‘Home Sweet Hell,’ with Katherine Heigl, Patrick Wilson, Jim Belushi, Jordana Brewster. Directed by Anthony Burns, from a screenplay by Carlo Allen, Ted Elrick and Tom Lavagnino. 97 minutes. Rated R for violence, nudity, drug use. Alderwood Mall 16.
The baddies assume Mona will make an easy target for revenge, until, that is, they see what she can do with sharp implements in her bloody hands.
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“Monsters,” whispers one of the scoundrels in a particularly comic moment, as he surveys carnage wrought by the outwardly polished, middle-class Mona and (much less so) by Don.
The conception of Mona in director Anthony Burns’ film and Heigl’s smart performance are the best things going in “Home Sweet Hell.” Wilson has good moments, too, but there’s a laziness about some of the narrative and other characters.
For various reasons that shouldn’t be revealed here, it doesn’t make a lot of sense that Don is the proprietor of a furnishings store, as opposed to, say, a vulnerable politician. The cast includes Jim Belushi in a supporting role that could have used more dimension given his talent.
But those issues fade in the long shadow of Heigl’s ever-darkening performance.