Fun fact, I have always been a fan of Reese Witherspoon’s romantic comedies; Sweet Home Alabama, Legally Blonde, Pleasantville. Heck, I have been a fan of most of Witherspoon’s non-romantic comedies, so when I say that I was very disappointed it comes from a deep appreciation from her career.
Alice (Reese Witherspoon), a recently separated mother of two, finds her life upended when three young, charismatic filmmakers move into her guest house. But her unlikely new family and a budding romance come to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand. A story of love, friendship, the families we create, Home Again is a modern romantic comedy with one very big life lesson: starting over is not for beginners!
I struggle with the basic premise of the story. Reese Witherspoon plays a newly separated mother of two. The character is the daughter of a Hollywood power couple, reminicent of Gina Rowlands and Joh Cassavetes, a couple who produces films geared towards independent filmmakers. Alice (Reese) is clearly wealthy and happens accross three hungry filmmakers who, I want to say, mooch off of her by offering their spare-time services to help with her parenting while she strives to start a home decorating business.
The experience with which I walked away from the trailer was that this was a female empowerment film. What I ended up with is a film about how much the newly single mother needs these three moochers to make her life worthwhile. I really wanted to like this movie. I did not. Your mileage may vary but I think there are choices out there.
Director: 5 – Cinematography: 6 – Edit: 5 – Parity: 3 – Main performance: 7 – Else performance: 5 – Score: 5 – Sound: 5 – Story: 4 – Script: 5 – Effects: 5 – Design: 7 – Costumes: 5 – Keeps interest: 9 – Lasting: 0