June 7th, 1995. 1:15 AMYou arrive home after a year abroad. You expect your family to greet you, but the house is empty. Something's not right. Where is everyone? And what's happened here? Unravel the mystery for yourself in Gone Home, a story exploration game from The Fullbright Company.Gone Home is an interactive exploration simulator.
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“Gone Home is the greatest video game love story ever told.”
The New York Times

“I never expected to see myself — or such a strong reflection of myself and my own life — in a video game.”
10/10 – Polygon

“Epic, personal and revelatory.”
5/5 – Giant Bomb

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About This Game

June 7th, 1995. 1:15 AM

You arrive home after a year abroad. You expect your family to greet you, but the house is empty. Something's not right. Where is everyone? And what's happened here? Unravel the mystery for yourself in Gone Home, a story exploration game from The Fullbright Company.

Gone Home is an interactive exploration simulator. Interrogate every detail of a seemingly normal house to discover the story of the people who live there. Open any drawer and door. Pick up objects and examine them to discover clues. Uncover the events of one family's lives by investigating what they've left behind.

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Key Features


  • A Personal Story: created by veterans of the BioShock series and the writer behind Minerva's Den, Gone Home offers the rich, nuanced details of one family's struggles to deal with uncertainty, heartache, and change.

  • An Immersive Place: return to the 1990s by visiting a home where every detail has been carefully recreated, and the sounds of a rainstorm outside wrap you in the experience.

  • No Combat, No Puzzles: Gone Home is a nonviolent and puzzle-free experience, inviting you to play at your own pace without getting attacked, stuck, or frustrated. This house wants you to explore it.

  • Fully Interactive Investigation: discover what's happened to the Greenbriars by examining a house full of the family's personal possessions, and the notes and letters they've left behind. Use your powers of observation to piece together a story that unfolds as you explore.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • WindowsXP SP2 or higher
    • 1.80GHz Processor
    • 2GB Memory
    • Video card with 512MB of VRAM
    • (NOTE: Intel HD Graphic 4000 NOT CURRENTLY SUPPORTED on Windows 8)
    • 2GB HDD space
    Minimum:
    • OS X v10.7 Lion or higher
    • 1.80GHz Processor
    • 2GB Memory
    • Video card with 512MB of VRAM
    • 2GB HDD space
    • glibc 2.11 or newer
    • 1.80GHz Processor
    • 2GB Memory
    • Video card with 512MB of VRAM
    • 2GB HDD space
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Brettsky
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Great atmosphere. I actually enjoyed exploring the house, but the story, just...no. Also, $20 for 2 hours of gameplay is offensive. Luckily I got it on sale.
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Azusa
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaPmQUlWOU

tl;dr: The ending was horrible, and the main character never had to overcome anything to achieve it. The story as a whole isn\'t any better than an old Japanese comic book from the \'70s. The idea that Gone Home\'s ♥♥♥♥♥♥ writing should get a pass because girl x girl is ridiculous since many much better stories already exist in the Yuri genre. Your time and money would be better spent with those instead.
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Betty Butane
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
This is one of the most beautiful games I have ever played. It's an amazing coming-of-age story with a soundtrack so perfect it's like it was picked for me!
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Flying_toast
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
A very nice but short little narrative game. There's nothing flashy to be expected. No big plot to uncover or enemy to overcome. Just a beautiful experience of a girl who has come home to find her sister has just left.
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KiraOswald
( 15.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
This game has to have one of the greatest stories I've ever seen. Though on the outside it seems like a fairly simple game of finding out where your sister went, deep down it's so much more. Walking through the house finding the missing pieces of the puzzle was fun and the story that unfolded was beautiful. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a game that will make them feel all kinds of feels.
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NME Plays
( 16.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
https://youtu.be/RevtdggSxaI

Gone Home is a game about getting a chance to see the side of a family that they don't always show to the world. Everyone has their own secrets, and as you play through, you will discover them through evidence that they leave behind. Each character has their own story arc, and the game comes together at the end, justifying everything you've witnessed so far.

One of the great things about this game, is that multiple people can play through the game, which provides all the same experiences, but they may come away with completely different opinions of the characters. This may either be because of missed or overlooked evidence, or even just bringing a preconceived idea of the character to the discussion. Each character has a depth about them that makes them feel human and real.

This game is absolutely worth picking up if you see it on sale, but I wouldn't go so far as to put up $20 for a game with almost 0 replay value.
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WildCrd007
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
I got this game on sale, I think for just under $5. I don't think I got my money's worth, I'm sad to say. If you're curious about this game and you can find it under $5 like I did then it might be worth it but anything more would be spending too much. If I had bought this game when it first came out I would have been ♥♥♥♥♥♥ I spent $20 on it. I really wanted it when it came out too.
The story in the game was really good and hit me in the feels at the end but the process to get there was exhausting. It felt more like a strain to keep going just to get to the end than instead of it being an enjoyable experience. Sam's voice actor really pulled it together and made it worth the play but without the voice acting this game really doesn't have anything going for it.
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Ashwathamasodead
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Dear Esther, The Beginners Guide, and Gone Home. A clutch of games collectively derided as Walking Simulator. All these game have a distinct lack of Failure state, and sacrifice almost all of player's agency for the sake of telling a story. Problem is, Gone Home's story is hardly compelling, and the you can see what was coming around fifteen minutes into the game. There will be a divide between players who welcome this style of gaming, and players (like me) who are baffled as to why this has to be a game.

That Dragon Cancer's creator bemoaned sometime back how 2 hour youtube Let's plays spoiled the game. My problem with this is, if your game can be covered and conveyed through a 2 hour video, then a Video game is perhaps the wrong medium to target.

The only good thing that I can say about the game is that it hardly overstays it's welcome. Wait, it is over before you are done saying welcome in the Video gaming terms.
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SeNtiX
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
recommended
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Swirlsie
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
2 hours of gameplay and i finished it, but itt was a fun experience and well guided that i never felt lost.
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Harvestor of Sorrow
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
All I can say is... WOW.. such an amazing story told in an amazing way. (If you're a person who does not like having to read a lot of text or doesn't like heavily story driven games then stay away from this).
There's not much I can say without giving a lot away. Graphics are not the most amazing thing ever, but they're nice. AGAIN, this is all about the STORY. Once you start untangling the mystery this game's story has to offer you are not going to want to put this game down!! I highly encourage you to also dig!! Open every drawer, cabinet, etc. Read every note, scrap of paper, etc. They're are so many things you can possibly miss. It is one story, but at the same time they're are also a couple mini sub stories that all tie in together. If you dig I promise you you will be rewarded. Overall, this game has made my list of Games With Great Stories and if what I've said sounds good to you, then I HIGHLY recommend it.
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Super Sanic
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
This is freaking gay
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Bull_Chips
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
This game completly lived up to the hype. It takes it's time in telling the story but It's certaintly worth the two hours.
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Joethomas800m
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
This game made me realise what a baby I am ^_^
Zero jump scares but it still made me super anxious and dread them few moments you desperately search for the light switch in a new room!
I did however still really enjoy the story and atmosphere created through subtle storytelling and a really good ambient array of creepy noises - do yourself a favour and play in one sitting with a good pair of headphones.
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ღ⎛⎝Mirri ♥ Kvl⎠⎞ღ
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
"Gone Home" was probably the cutest, full of suspense and emotional exploration game that I have played. But I have to admit that it is not for everyone and I will state my opinion regarding this point.

I decided to buy it after I read so many good things about it, but in the moment I started the game and saw myself (well, Katie- my character) at the enterance of the house hearing the heavy rain with thunders... I started questioning myself if this is a game related to family or something is going to pop up from the darkness and scare me.
Nowadays we live in a world where if a video game is about an empty house, darkness and weird cracking sounds it has to be a horror! Well... it wasn't. And that's what kept me so focused on every single area that I explored: the feeling that something could happen any second.

So i decided to leave behind my fear of darkness and to get involved into the story. It seems hard untill you read the first journal entry. After hearing Sam's voice you realize that this game won't harm you; no. It will teach you a beautiful lesson and it will make you nostalgic and somehow... you will think of your own life and maybe childhood.
First of all, the graphic is good, even though the game was released a few years ago. It's nice to interact with objects and it makes you feel... like home (well that after you turn on a few lights!). Every object from every room is meaningful and I recommend being patient and reading all the notes, listening to the cassettes. It will simply show you the life of a family from 90's and you will try to understand what really happened in one year and what kind of a turn their lives took. And the most important... where is Sam?

The voice acting was amazing... it made me cry in the end. The story of Sam (hope I don't spoil) reminded me of Life is Strange which is a game that I totally love as well as her room and her rebel attitude. But as I mentioned above, your purpose is not to win this game. It's about exploration and maybe for some people this is boring. It is all about taste, about play style and that can influence if it is worth buying and playing or not. To me it was a beautiful experience and it taught me so many valuable things about life... If you like this kind of chill games, buy it. In the end no review will be able to describe the unique atmosphere that you experience only by playing!❤
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Seize the day
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
10/10 - A atmospheric gem with a intriguing story
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Uicreate
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
I dont play many point click adventrures, but this game had me wanting more and then again I felt satisfied. For someone who doesnt play these games I highly recommend this one.
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Bannanuu
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
goon hoom
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Oh Welles
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
3/5 for great atmosphere.

Like a haunted house, but with lesbians instead of ghosts.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Gone Home is one of those games that really moves you when you finish it. It's a really beautiful little experience (completed in about two hours) that showcases one of the most personal stories ever told through the medium. I won't go into any details for fear of spoiling it. Recommended for those that play those weird, unique gems of games.
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Simple game, great experience. "Walking simulator" where you need to explore your empty house in order to know what was happening with your family when you were not there.

Audio9/10
Graphics8/10
Gameplay7/10
Story8/10
Time to beat2hrs
Summary
8/10

PROS
  • Very nice music and sound effects. The enviroment and music build the atmoshpere.
  • Great voice acting.
  • Immersion.
  • You can interact almost with everything.
  • Great graphics.
  • Game don't guide you by your hand. You need to explore on your own.
  • Really captivating, touching story
  • Well-written monologues
  • Authors put much attention to details

CONS
  • Some dialogues are not subtitled
  • FPS drops (not much though)
  • Little bit to short for 20€. But still I appreciate effort, authors put into this game.

STORY
You play as a girl who after long trip around the Europe finally comes back to home, where she lives with her parents and her sister. When she arrives it appears that the house is empty. She's exploring the house to understand what happened when she was abroad.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
It's funny. I didn't really LOVE this game originally, but something about this game is pulling me back in. It's a great story with amazing atmosphere that I just didn't fully appreciate on the first play through (mostly because I thought it was going to be a horror game). This game is awesome, and I suggest anyone who likes a good story tries this game out!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
2 hours of gameplay and i finished it, but itt was a fun experience and well guided that i never felt lost.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
It seems fairly predictable but the voice acting really made the story meaningful for me to the point of getting emotional. Please buy this on sale, it's not worth 20 dollars but it's definitely worth a play through if you enjoy story driven walking games such as Dear Esther.

This game can be completed in around an hour, 2 if you look through everything.
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13 of 24 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Gone Home excels brilliantly at what it set out to do. Which was (incase you failed to notice) to create a short piece of environmental storytelling about a stressed out family against a 90's backdrop. Because of the setting, the game can be treated like a time capsule of sorts.

You explore an empty house, read a lot, listen to diary entries from a young woman coming to terms with her sexuality, look at zines, listen to Corin Tucker sing empowering feminist punk, etc.
You are likely to either adore this game and hold it dear to you, or discuss with your friends how much you hate it, and how much of a joke it is.

Due to the nature of exploring a family home devoid of people, the game leaves a lot to your imagination. If you are anyone like me, when you enter a character's bedroom you are likely going to sit around wondering what times the owner and her girlfriend shared there. You will sit around in the basement wondering what the punk show you are reading about was like for everybody involved.
That's why I personally like this game, how it flawlessly puts you in a state of melancholy, reading about these fantastic experiences as you, the player, roam around this big empty house alone with a bittersweet ambient soundtrack twanging away in the background.
These people were your family. Your sister has grown up into her own woman, your parents are in the process of rekindling their marriage after heavy difficulties, and your father's career is looking up after all.

Maybe im biased because im a girl who loves the culture spawned by the Riot Grrrl movement. Who knows. Either way this game stands alongside Thief: TDP and Rule of Rose as my three most beloved games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Gone Home is a competent story-through-exploration kind of game, but don't expect too much of it. The game sets itself up to be a mystery, but does not really add to the initial suspense in any major way. As a result, I had pretty much figured out what was going on after about half an hour, with the next 40-50 minutes only confirming my suspicions. Thankfully, the clues are spaced out in a way that will never leave you bored or frustrated, and the excellent voice acting will keep you invested in the story, regardless of its predictability.
Buy it on sale. Get the soundtrack.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
A very nice but short little narrative game. There's nothing flashy to be expected. No big plot to uncover or enemy to overcome. Just a beautiful experience of a girl who has come home to find her sister has just left.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
I got this game on sale, I think for just under $5. I don't think I got my money's worth, I'm sad to say. If you're curious about this game and you can find it under $5 like I did then it might be worth it but anything more would be spending too much. If I had bought this game when it first came out I would have been ♥♥♥♥♥♥ I spent $20 on it. I really wanted it when it came out too.
The story in the game was really good and hit me in the feels at the end but the process to get there was exhausting. It felt more like a strain to keep going just to get to the end than instead of it being an enjoyable experience. Sam's voice actor really pulled it together and made it worth the play but without the voice acting this game really doesn't have anything going for it.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Great love story. Don't buy if you hate gays. Buy on sale, not worth $20. Very short, 1:30 hours long is how long it took me. Hits ya right in the feels.

7/10
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
I loved Gone Home. I'm a little surprised by some of the negative reviews. As long as you have the right expectations going into the game, it is a fantastic experience. This is a short, interactive story about a family dealing with a number of issues, and the process of discovering exactly what has happened to them. The narrative is revealed gradually as you explore a vacant house, and the game effectively builds suspense as it plays with your expectations about what you're going to find. The soundtrack and '90s setting also enhance the experience tremendously. If you're expecting a lot of action, or in-depth puzzle solving, you're going to be disappointed. But if you're open to simply participating in a well-crafted, mysterious short story, you may find Gone Home to be as moving as I did.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Beautifully written story, short but sweet. Probably not worth the price, but definetly one to pick up on sale for when you need a quick gaming fix.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
This game was very cute and amazing. I thought it would be a horror game when I first saw it, but it definitely was not what I expected. The only things that actually scared me was the thunder crashes, and the darkness within the house (that was only because I didn't know what to expect). This isn't a game to rush through, you really need to absorb to the story to really enjoy it. I am still left with some questions, but that does not ruin the game for me.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Gone Home only takes a couple hours to play through. If you want to truly enjoy the story then don't rush through it. Take your time, look around, go through things, and do your best to find all the clues hidden around the house to truly appreciate the game. Gone Home does a great job with the atmosphere and I recommend giving it your time.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Gone Home is a first-person interactive story adventure set in 1995. The premise is that you have 'gone home' on a stormy night to a new house that your family have moved into whilst you have been away travelling. You arrive home to discover that the house is empty, and you must try and find out why no-one is there.

This story gives off a bit of a creepy vibe initially, and I have to say that I found it a little off-putting. I played this game through recommendation, and I don't like playing psychological thrillers which is where I thought this game was going to go. Thankfully, that is not what this game is - even though it has its creepy moments, and does hint at something sinister going on around the house, this just isn't the case in terms of the overall story.

Ultimately the story is about family, and how you unravel the details about your family from finding 'clues' around the house - audio narrated journals, letters, books, brochures, etc. The audio journals are beautifully voice acted by Sarah Grayson, and really draw you into the story.

If the story hadn't have been so engrossing (purely because of the audio journals), I think I would have been a little bored playing this. Objects that you could look at around the house weren't frequent or interesting enough to keep my attention. Certainly the house had a nice nostalgic feel to it, but it would have been better if you could have interacted with far more around the house. After opening drawers and cupboard doors to find the same 'absolutely nothing' over and over, it did often feel like a bit of a chore.

This game is available on Steam at a cost of £14.99, and as far as I'm concerned this price is absolutely extortionate. Though I enjoyed the game, I completed it in less than 90 minutes having looked, I feel, quite thoroughly at the objects the game gave me to look at. Having bought games on Steam for £6.99 that I've played for more than 20 times longer, I don't really see how they can justify this price.

If there had been more to interact with around the house, even if it was being able to look at clothes in cupboards, or being able to flick through channels on TV, or to play more music in the house, anything at all, maybe then it would have been worth a higher price-tag as it would have kept you involved in the environment for much longer. I understand the house was bare because your family hadn't long since moved in there, but it just felt far too under-developed. I appreciate that the game is about the story, and not the house, but if more time had been invested in making the house more realistic and accessible, it would have made it a much more well-rounded package overall.

Ultimately, if you're after a short game to get your teeth into with a very well delivered story-line, this will be one that you want to try out, though I heartily recommend you wait until it's on sale because I think you'll be disappointed at paying full price for such a short experience, however well it delivers that experience.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Explore Katie's family's empty house to discover what happened since she left in this story-driven walking simulator.

Gameplay-wise, there isn't much here. You'll be slowly walking through a seemingly boring house for the 2 hours of gameplay Gone Home provides. But what you do is not the focus of this game: story takes centerstage. Bits and pieces of what Katie's family has been up to in her absence are slowly revealed by inspecting household objects, cassette tapes, and plenty of notes and memos scattered around the house. The game rewards you with more details on each of the characters's lives by scouring the house's every nook and cranny for hidden notes. It's certainly not for everyone, but if you're intrigued, you're going to like it.

Because the game's main appeal is it's story, it would be a disservice to give away any more than the basic premise. This is an experience that needs to be played in order to be fully appreciated. I felt a connection to each of the characters despite never even seeing them once; mad props to the developer for keeping me invested in these people solely through the letters they left behind for me to find.

Gone Home is a unique and engaging gaming experience that surprised me in a number of ways. Check it out if you're looking for something different that will leave you with a unique impression.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
This is freaking gay
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29 of 43 people (67%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Start the game
Walk into the house
Turn on all the lights
Read letters
Look for keys
Listen to little sister complain about being a teenage lesbian
Find secret passageways where your sister goes to complain about being a teenage lesbian
Find out your sister ran away to be a teenage lesbian somewhere else
Game over, thanks for wasting your money

I want those 101 minutes of my life back.
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
While I enjoyed the elements of nostalgia, I found the plot entirely cliche.
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32 of 53 people (60%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Pseudo-intellectural trash that tries to be 2deep4you.
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