Movie Review~ Home Again with Reese Witherspoon

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The Bottom Line Movie Review

Home Again

Rated PG 13 for some thematic and sexual content

Running Time  2 hours

 

The romance comedy, Home Again, stars Reese Witherspoon as the recently separated, Alice Kinney, mother of two girls from New York.

Alice moves her girls, Isabel, played by Lola Flanery, and Rosie, played by Eden Grace Redfield, back to her father’s home in Los Angeles.

While celebrating her 40th birthday, she meets a handsome twenty-something named Harry, played by Pico Alexander.  Harry’s brother and friend, George and Teddy are all in the film industry and need a place to live until their careers take hold.

Feeling sorry for them, Alice offers up her guest house and the three young men move in to continue working on releasing their film project.

As Alice develops feelings for the young Harry, complications arise when her husband arrives on the scene and wants to reconcile.

A small side-story that remains utterly ill-fitting features the ineffective-unknown actress Lake Bell as a potential client for Alice’s new decorating business.

Although the show offers a great potential with cast of Witherspoon and Candice Bergen, who stars as her mother, it flops miserably.

The storyline drags on and the three twenty-something characters act as though they have been plucked right out of the cast and crew of a worn-out Hallmark Christmas movie.

The three twenty-something film writers are forgettable and the script is implausible for the viewer to believe young men would converse and act so responsibly towards a beautiful single mother and her children.  Conversations were contrived.

The story lacks any kind of a plot, is missing character development, and the romance between Witherspoon and Alexander is utterly un-romantic, with the camera zooming in continually on their faces in a blur.  The comedy part of the story remains absent.

For the writer and director, Hallie Meyers-Shyer, who apparently had a mother and father in Hollywood show biz, we’d recommend a different line of work.  If this is as good as it gets … we’d recommend leaving the scripts and opening up a coffee shop.

Bottom Line:  Every once and a while, there’s a dud of a movie released.  This one isn’t worth the ticket price, is a complete waste of time and money, and isn’t worth renting.  If you’re utterly bored and feel like making yourself more miserable, wait until it shows up on Netflix to catch it … or miss this one entirely.