Director: Michael Mayer
Runtime: 93 minutes
TV Rating: TVMA
A Home at the End of the World is a 2004 drama film directed by Michael Mayer. The screenplay by Michael Cunningham was adapted from his 1990 novel of the same title.
The film focuses on a trio of disparate individuals who struggle to create a family of their own. Bobby Morrow’s (Farrell) life in suburban Cleveland has been tinged with tragedy since he was a young boy, losing first his older hippie brother to a freak accident and then his mother to illness. As a rebellious teenager, he meets the conservative and gawky Jonathan Glover in high school, and he becomes a regular visitor to the Glover home, where he introduces his friend – and his mother Alice – to marijuana and the music of Laura Nyro. Bobby and Jonathan also indulge in adolescent mutual masturbation during their frequent sleepovers. Bobby helps Alice accept her son’s homosexuality, and she teaches Bobby how to bake, unintentionally setting him on a career path that eventually takes him to New York City, where Jonathan is sharing a colorful East Village apartment with the bohemian and somewhat older Clare. Bobby moves in, and the three create their own household.