“Home Sweet Hell” is a 2015 black comedy film, directed by Anthony Burns (“Skateland”). It has, so far as I can tell, received almost universally bad reviews.
Don Champagne (Patrick Wilson – “Stretch”, “Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife”) is a furniture salesman who seems to have it all. A successful business, a fabulous house, two lovely children, and a beautiful wife.
Mona, his wife, (Katherine Heigl – “One For The Money”, “27 Dresses”) is obsessed with “their goals” that she keeps in a scrapbook, and has everything timetabled in her diary. Appearance is incredibly everything as she is always immaculately turned out. Both her husband and their children are clearly somewhat terrified of her disapproval and do whatever they can not to be on the receiving end.
Onto the scene comes a new salesperson at Don’s store, in the shape of Dusty (Jordana Brewster – “Fast & Furious”, “D.E.B.S.”) whose overt flirting gradually breaks down Don’s resolve to be a good man and stay faithful to the wife that, despite everything, he loves.
However, soon enough Don succumbs and finds himself having a passionate affair with Dusty. Managing to keep things from Mona, everything seem fantastic. Then one day Dusty tells Don that she is pregnant and needs money.
Unable to come up with enough cash, Don has no choice but to confess all to Mona, but is completely taken back by Mona’s reaction. All they have to do, to maintain their perfect life and stay on course for their goals is to kill Dusty. And by “they”, Mona means “Don”.
Obviously nothing can be straightforward, and Mona has to get involved since she will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo as chaos begins to creep into her perfect world and threatens to destroy everything she has worked and planned so hard for.
To make matters even more complicated for the couple, it’s not long before the local police chief and a couple of biker types have entered the mix and things get really messy!
Granted, this isn’t the greatest black comedy film ever. Not at all. However, it’s nowhere near as bad as more reviewers would have you believe. There are some really funny moments, and Heigl is brilliant as the perfect wife come unhinged. It’s certainly entertaining enough to be worth a viewing, and there are far worse ways to spend an hour and a half!