A Home of Our Own

1 h 44 min1993X-RayPG
Frances Lacey (Kathy Bates) is trying to make ends meet when she is suddenly fired from her job. Adding insult to injury, her son Shayne is busted for stealing change from local payphones. Deciding it's time for a fresh start, Frances & her six children pull up stakes & move to Idaho. They spot an unfinished house & decide to do whatever it takes to buy the property and build a home of their own.
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Kathy BatesEdward FurlongSoon-Tek Oh
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Melvin WardMichael Flynn
Bill BordenDale Pollock
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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Amante dei GattiReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Engaging Story of a Visionary Woman
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If you're offended by swearing (no F bombs, but plenty of SOB's and G-D's), don't bother watching the movie, as you will be offended, but unlike a lot of the current movies where every other word is a profanity, this just sounded like a normal "unchurched" family back in the day. And IF it is actually based on a true story, the heroin (a young widow with six kids to raise on her own) must have been some kind of amazing woman. No, she wouldn't win any congeniality prize, and at times she was downright mean to her kids, but she had a vision and refused to let anything get in the way of that. Even her staunch refusal to take charity in any form was refreshing. And before the holier-than-thou climb on the nearest soapbox to say she was "prideful" at the expense of her poor, abused children, think of the education she gave her kids in how to survive and succeed. IF this was a true story, I'm guessing the epilog could have told that the kids all became someone--did something with their lives that mattered. This isn't a comedy; it's real life for a poor family who stuck together through everything and came out the other side having learned something along the way.
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A. PogueReviewed in the United States on November 24, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
NOT a family-friendly movie at all.
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This is not a family-friendly movie and definitely not appropriate for children. The ad-nauseum use of God’s name in vain ruined an otherwise okay movie. The not-so-subtle sexual encounters make this a movie not fit for family viewing with children as well. Dear God, no wonder this country is in the gutter when people actually believe this movie is a good one for ‘grandkids’ and the like.
53 people found this helpful
Lucky DuckReviewed in the United States on March 15, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely Hated It
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Warning, Spoilers!

Okay, so we saw that Kathy Bates was in it, so my friend and I decided to watch it. There was practically no plot. Hard life, woman gets fired, uproots her kids, drives across the country until she finds the most decrepit house possible, works to fix it up while being angry with everyone, then it burns down and the town comes together to build her a new one.
The point? I don't know. Some reviewers are shocked to their lace handkerchiefs by the swearing, others find this life-affirming, we just found it to be absolute drivel.
19 people found this helpful
~ XLNTMOMMY ~Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Older Movie about Real Life .. Classic .
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One reviewer mentioned "grin" .. and that this is .. but there is definitely more to this movie .. its Touching and makes you Curious .. this are Real, Believable characters and while they are poor (nope, no action-packed anime', pixels or fantasy Star Rings of Hogwaorths here ..) its about Real Life sturggles .. the ones Out There that families go through .. its also about not giving up, not taking Hand Outs, about backbone and pride in its Truest form .. and its about about Forgivness, and Learning, at Any age . So while there might be a "god damnit" in there or a scene with mildly sexual innuendoes, its Part of Life and (nothing compared to One episode of South Park, which I guarantee you, your kids ARE watching !) This movie is older and while the scene that bothered me the most was with the (sorry, spoiler alert) belt, it also represents the times .. so dont buy into the terrible reviews, go ahead and watch this, but just know while you will feel for some of the characters, dont expect the heroic ending where Super Iron Magic Man comes in with his Wizard Wand and makes the King of the Mushroom People pay for all of his evil spells .. its a simple movie, with drama and valued lessons that we expect .. 4 stars easy for a decent cast and lasting classic ..
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Here KittyKittyReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth watching
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First off there some foul language that could have been left out....its not really family friendly....there are sexual innuendos but not nudity or nasty talk, it kinda goes with the story line but is not so offensive it ruins the movie. I am not into trash and filth so this was still under my tolerance level (it really wasn't nasty). The language was more than acceptable and did not add to the movie, it hurt the movie and the quality. That being said...it was still a good movie but watch it first to see if it is acceptable for your older children. Not acceptable for younger children at all because of the language. A story about family, hard work, life and struggle....Lessons learned and the end is wonderful, makes you smile and a couple tears.
10 people found this helpful
Mark N.Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's a good, heartwarming family film and worth the buy.
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"A Home of Our Own" is based on a true story and released in 1993. Kathy Bates plays the role of Frances lacey, a hardworking widow and mother of six children. The year is 1962 and looking to find a better life, she moves her family ,by way of a beat up old car, from Los Angeles California to the small town of Hankston Idaho. There she barters with a resident widower for an unfinished, one room, skeleton of a house on a few acres of land that are almost in the middle of nowhere, and proceeds to finish building the house and live a family life as normally as possible. It has the usual heart tugging and heart warming scenes, hard luck scenes, hard lessons learned the hard way scenes and people coming together to help each other out scenes.There are a few instances where the dialogue is stunted and the acting is stiff, but all in all, it's a good, heart warming family film and worth the buy.
17 people found this helpful
LodestarReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
A Cautionary Tale
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I watched this based upon other reviews and all it left me with was contempt for the main two characters and appreciation for most of the rest.

Many people have or do live dirt poor and do not have a negative snarky view of life feeling like the whole world is stacked against them that leaves a burning desire for all the things they can't have.

This movie should have been called stubborn pride and how it hurts.

All too often society desperately wants to help in more real and meaningful ways only to be stopped by those who need it most due to pride that keeps them from taking help. In the end it hurts everybody.

The crux of the movie came when a saint stopped listening to the protagonist and wouldn't take the prideful no as an answer. That's the real lesson to be learned here.
11 people found this helpful
RittchieReviewed in the United States on March 12, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
If I could give this movie a minus 10, I would!
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This movie is horrible from the start until the last 3 seconds when the town comes together to help. Bad, foul language, taking the Lord's name is vain over and over again and even teaching her 6 children to repeat it! I was hoping there was something redeemable about this movie which is why I kept watching, but the circumstances were so incredulously awful, it's almost funny were it not so sad and desperate. I kept watching hoping that this woman would learn something and try making different choices. Unfortunately as a mom I got caught up with those poor, poor children, wanting something better for them. If it's a true story, I can only imagine what those children grew up to be in their adult lives, probably just like their dysfunctional mother and only another liability to society. So sad! This movie will NOT lift you up, only bring you down. Don't watch it.
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