Netflix Comedy Thriller Gives New Meaning To Vigilante Justice

By Robert Scucci | Updated

There aren’t enough quirky revenge films about vigilante justice out there, and I was glad to finally stumble upon Netflix’s I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore because it absolutely fits the bill. I’ve said in the past that I love every weird movie that Elijah Wood has starred in since his Lord of the Rings days came to an end, but I can’t speak highly enough about Melanie Lynskey’s lead performance in this film because she’s just as unhinged, if not more than Wood is.

I used to write off every single Netflix original as background fodder, but I’m going to have to reconsider my life after watching I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, scrolling through all of the titles I may have missed out on, and make up for lost time in the coming weeks.

Off-Beat Vigilante Comedy

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore starts out with a burglary, which leaves Ruth Kimke (Melanie Lynskey) shaken and disillusioned with the human race. Not only are the police unwilling to help her track down her stolen laptop, antique silverware, and medication, but they also suggest that she left her house unlocked and that the robbery was her fault. Ruth finally snaps when her neighbor, Tony (Elijah Wood), lets his dog relieve himself on her front lawn and doesn’t pick up after him.

A Relatable Premise

In a moment of misdirected rage, Ruth confronts Tony, who is embarrassed by this egregious act of doggie defecation and quickly apologizes. Though Ruth and Tony get off on the wrong foot, Tony redeems himself after explaining that he’s not always entirely aware of his surroundings. When Ruth explains to Tony that she’s on edge because of the robbery, I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore becomes the buddy revenge flick that is as hilarious as it is violent.

DIY Justice

Ruth becomes a de-facto forensics expert in I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore when she pours plaster into a footprint she found in her backyard so she can start searching for whoever broke into her house. However, she doesn’t take action until her stolen laptop pings her cell phone, giving her an address to pursue so she can confront the burglar, or burglars, who decided to rob her while she was at work.

Knowing she needs help, she teams up with Tony, who, I forgot to mention, wears his hair in a rat-tail and practices using nunchucks in his backyard.

The Film Keeps Escalating

From this point forward, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore becomes a comedy of errors of the highest order, as Ruth and Tony don’t realize that they’re about to rub a group of dangerous yet incompetent criminals the wrong way in their pursuit of justice.

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore works so well because it never stops escalating. When you think the narrative is going to plateau for a second so Ruth and Tony can regroup and figure out their next moves, their plans are thwarted by yet another inconvenience or dangerous run-in with antagonistic figures who are as violent as they are careless.

Elijah Wood And Melanie Lynskey Are Fantastic

The on-screen chemistry between Elijah Wood and Melanie Lynskey is flawless because Ruth and Tony are both extremely derpy, even though they’re totally justified in taking the law into their own hands.

There’s nothing quite like watching underdogs team up and try to make the world a better place through the use of good old-fashioned vigilante violence directed toward some pretty deplorable people.

Worth Streaming On Netflix


I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore never makes you question Ruth’s motives, even though she’s clearly acting out of pocket after finally deciding that she’s had enough. What’s more, no matter how much trouble Ruth and Tony find themselves in, they’re redeemable characters because their hearts are in the right place, and they’re sincerely trying to be good people.

I will be watching I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore again, and it will probably work its way into my regular rotation because such a satisfying watch. You can also enjoy this film by adding it to your Netflix queue as soon as you finish reading this review.