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About the Movie
Set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the story follows James, an aspiring local photographer whose recent rejection from a major gallery has left him questioning his talent. While working his unfulfilling day job, he falls for Cooper, a hard drinking Tulsa socialite. James and Cooper are quickly consumed by a whirlwind romance that at first inspires and instills confidence in James but ultimately threatens to derail him. In the end they both must decide whether to pursue their dreams or each other, knowing that it won't be easy either way.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 5
- Fresh: 4
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 6.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A small, gentle riff on the eternal tug of war between small towns and big dreams ...
Fresh: [Home, James] is modest in its aspirations and execution, but it delivers an affecting portrait of a relationship threatened to be torn apart by conflicting goals.
An Indie darling...
Visually nostalgic and captivating. It’s the classic boy meets girl story a la 500 Days of Summer--enclosed in a love letter to the city of Tulsa. Strong performances from the main cast bring fresh exploration into the familiar doomed romance and coming of age themes.
A real look at relationships
This is a fun and touching love story that doesn’t hide from the difficulties of relationship issues, and doesn’t candy coat the ending.
Jonathan Rosseti both stars and directs this film set in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a charming young up-and-coming photographer who meets a very dashing young woman named Cooper who hits the bottle a little too hard nightly. They fall for each other but, as in any good love story, issues pop up. Cooper is leaving for greener pastures in NYC in a month. Meanwhile, James really belongs in Tulsa where he has good friends and gallery interest in his photos. Something has to give. Is a truly happy ending possible with such a scenario?
The statements about love are subtle but grounded: how much does one sacrifice for the other loved one, and is such a sacrifice healthy? Despite the toxicity of Cooper’s charm, and the small but repairable damage she indirectly does to James’ career and his face after a night of heavy drinking, James has to painfully accept that they are not destined to be together. Cooper also must grow up to make this realization herself. No one is truly at fault, it’s just how real life works sometimes between two people. This is the most refreshing aspect of the film, as most romantic comedies are frightened to take a hard look at the realities of relationships, whether these relationships are just starting, as in the world of James and Cooper, or are really digging into the nitty gritty of long term (marriages, etc.). Thankfully, the end of the film expresses two people’s lives going in different directions in different cities, although they are both thinking of each other and missing one another. Is this also not part of the cycle of love, and should separation not also be part of what the various aspects of relationships that films explore?
It’s clear Rosetti and his crew love Tulsa. Ample establishing shots give a very good sense of the city, the environment the characters live in is both beautiful, gritty at times, and yet inviting.
The acting was well done, and the parts extremely well cast. I am excited to see what is next for Rosetti and his team.
The plot was great and the writing superb! It was a worthwhile viewing. I really love the genre and this one hit home.