In partnership with

Home Again

2017-09-15 07:13

What it's about:

Alice Kinney is recently separated from her husband, and decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters. During a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers who happen to be in need of a place to live. Alice agrees to let the guys stay in her guest house temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways. Alice’s unlikely new family and new romance comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, luggage in hand.

What we thought:

I don’t think I am reaching when I say that Reese Witherspoon is the darling of the romantic-comedy genre.

The Academy-Award winning actress has quite a few under her belt like: Sweet Home Alabama, Just Like Heaven, This Means War and the very iconic Legally Blonde.

In a career shift she has signed on for more meatier, dramatic roles like her Oscar winning performance in Wild and more recently her role in Big Little Lies.

Home Again sees the return of Witherspoon to the rom-com genre.

This time around her role is a bit more mature perhaps on par with where she is as a person in real life.

In Home Again she plays Alice a 40-year-old recently separated mom of two who is at a crossroads in her life. She is the daughter of a fictional Oscar winning director and renown actress, Lillian (Candice Bergen).

On a night out she meets three aspiring filmmakers Harry (Pico Alexander), George (Jon Rudnitsky) and Teddy (Nat Wolff).

In scenes that only happen in the movies the guys end up living with her as they try to sign their first big movie deal.

What follows can only be described as a fantasy, as the guys integrate themselves into her household and her life. And through a series of events Alice takes charge of her life and lives it on her own terms.

Hallie Meyers-Shyer, daughter of Nancy Meyers (Somethings Gotta Give, What Women Want) makes her directorial debut and heavily borrows from her mother's style of filming and storytelling. In fact the latter also produced the film.

When it comes to the performances everyone is just OK.

It's not a bad movie – it has all the right ingredients but suffers from failure to launch syndrome.

It's like a perfectly wrapped gift when once opened you're disappointed because the inside doesn't live up to the outside. 

Read more on:    reese witherspoon  |  movies

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.