“Welcome to lot number 6485. Feel free to take a look around! Press the buttons on the speakers you see around the house to hear about this great place. I think you’ll like what you see.”
House Hunting, a psychological thriller written and directed by Eric Hurt, centers around the Hays family, and the Thomson family. Each family is searching for a good deal on a house, for different reasons.
Recently, Emmy Hays lost her mother to suicide. Her father and his new girlfriend, along with Emmy, load up in the car to check out a house that’s just gone on the market. Charlie (her father) works at the bank that foreclosed on this particular house, which is why he knows all about it.
After looking at countless houses in the suburbs, Don Thomson is feeling cramped and itchy, so to speak. When offered a chance to look at a 70 acre plot, with farm house included, he piles everyone in the car for the drive out to see the house. His family is not without their share of loss.
Both families, at first glance, seem normal enough. White, upper-middle class. Three family members in each one…
Just as this movie had a little more to offer than what it first seemed to have (based on the descriptions at IMDb and NetFlix), both families have a few secrets under the surface.
I did like what I saw, as the voice on the speaker suggested. I liked the tone of the movie, and the pace at which everything escalated. I give it 4 stars (at some points, the acting was a little over the top, but that may have been on purpose… and it was only a few short moments…). I’ve seen this movie twice, and wouldn’t mind watching again, if I were with friends/relatives that hadn’t seen it but wanted to.
Watch out for that very last scene… It’s a doozie!
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