Hallie Meyers-Shyer directs the film “Home Again” based on the script she wrote and it is a very by the numbers comedy, drama and romance story that film fans have viewed over and over again. I was not totally frustrated by the predictable script, as it does have some real life issues addressed, but at times the script falters when there is intended humor that does not work. The story is focused on a recently separated mother of two daughters, Alice (Reese Witherspoon) who just turned 40 at the beginning of the film and is crying. Witherspoon is a tenured actress who has many credits to her name and is especially admired by rom – com fans for her past roles. This film works because of her talent in portraying the protagonist, as well as having Candice Bergen in the role of her mother. I loved her performance and the talent she brings to this production. Michael Sheen stars as the music industry executive, Austen, who has not learned from his past and lets his family slip away across the nation – then comes back expecting to be received with open arms. Some of the fun moments in the story involve three young aspiring filmmakers, Harry (Pico Alexander), Teddy (Nat Wolff) and George (Jon Rudnitsky). If fans have seen the trailer, then some of the good scenes have been revealed already.
Even though this film deals with real life issues of becoming a single mom, the reality of financial struggles for many mothers raising children on their own are totally omitted from this story. It can only be assumed that the New York based husband is fulfilling monetary obligations, or her late Oscar winning father and actress mama left her with a strong pile of money to live day to day.
If you too feel like recent romantic comedies are not providing the full entertainment you seek, then save “Home Again” to view as a matinee or during the discount days at your local cinema.
Synopsis: “Home Again” stars Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies,” “Wild,” “Walk The Line,” “Sweet Home Alabama”) as Alice Kinney in a modern romantic comedy. Recently separated from her husband, (Michael Sheen), Alice 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, suitcase in hand. “Home Again” is a story of love, friendship, and the families we create. And one very big life lesson: Starting over is not for beginners.
Rated PG-13 Running time: 1 hour 36 minutes. In Theaters September 8, 2017
By Liz Lopez
Source: Open Road Films