Home Again

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Reese Witherspoon plays a woman who moves to Los Angeles with her two daughters in the forgettable romantic-comedy-drama, Home Again. Alice Kinney (Reese Witherspoon) is the mother of two young girls and the daughter of a famous film maker. Alice recently separated from her husband, Austen (Michael Sheen) goes out to a club with two of her girlfriends to celebrate her 40th birthday. The women meet an aspiring director named, Harry (Pico Alexander), his actor brother, Teddy (Nat Wolff) and their writer friend, George (Jon Rudnitsky) who are all in their late twenties. Alice takes Harry home for the night but Harry drank too much and spent most of his time throwing up – so nothing really happens between the two. (Yes, this is truly a vanilla romance movie.) When Alice wakes up in the morning, she finds Teddy and George passed out in her living room. It seems the three friends were just kicked out of their Los Angeles apartment and have no place to go. When Alice’s mother, Lillian Stewart (Candice Bergen) shows up and is flattered by the three filmmakers, she tells Alice she should allow them to stay in the guest house. (Yep – this is strange, but I guess since her husband was a film maker she wants to help.) All of this happened in the first twenty minutes and it’s no surprise the rest of the film plays out like you would expect: Alice’s self-confidence is rebuilt by being with a younger man and the three guys hit it big in Hollywood. Don’t go to this film thinking it’s a hilarious romantic comedy because it just isn’t – I didn’t laugh once. I half expected a raunchy comedy with three guys going to this beautiful woman’s house but it was surprisingly clean. In fact, that may be part of the problem with this movie because it took no chances and could have been a little more risque. (I never thought I would say that.) The other major problem is the lack of chemistry between the characters and even though the story is charming, it’s boring. Last of all, this is the directing debut of Hallie Meyers-Shyer who is the daughter of writer-director Nancy Meyers and it shows. This isn’t a bad film, but it’s definitely not good either and I’m giving it a C rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA