Home Again (2017)

Home Again
Director: Hallie Meyers-Shyer
Writer: Hallie Meyers-Shyer
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Pico Alexander, Jon Rudnitsky, Nat Wolff, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen, Lola Flanery, Eden Grace Redfield, Lake Bell, Dolly Wells, Reid Scott, P.J. Byrne, Ben Sinclair, Josh Stamberg, Jen Kirkman
Seen on: 13.10.2019

Alice (Reese Witherspoon) recently separated from her husband Austen (Michael Sheen) and moved back to LA with her two kids to be closer to her mother (Candice Bergen) and to start over again. That is easier said than done, though, and things aren’t going all that smoothly. On her 40th birthday, Alice decides to let loose and actually picks up the much younger Harry (Pico Alexander) and brings him back home. Though nothing much happens between them that night, one thing leads to another and Alice offers Harry, his brother Teddy (Nat Wolff) and their friend George (Jon Rudnitsky) to stay in her guesthouse while they are working on their short film. Soon, the three boys take over her enitre household.

Home Again is a nice film, though not a great one. If you’re looking for something fluffy (but not too romantic) to watch, it’s probably a good choice.

The film poster showing Alice (Reese Witherspoon) with a mix of a grimace and a smile on her face.

I expected more of a romantic vibe, but it’s more about Alice finding herself again. That being said, there is enough romance here. And once again, it’s a romance that would have profited from polyamory. The film kind of realizes that this would be the perfect solution, but is too caught up in heteronormativity to really contemplate it.

Much like the film having difficulty accepting polyamory, I had issues with accepting the set-up here. That Alice would really let them move in and how things come together here. And all three of the boys were a little too smooth – I would have liked a couple of edges in their characterization.

Alice (Reese Witherspoon) with her family and the boys around the dinner table.

That being said, they were pretty cute. And Michael Sheen (I hadn’t realized he was in the film) who makes a late appearance was pretty great. Witherspoon and Bergen really make the film, though.

So, there is definitely fun to be had with it. And if you don’t expect too much from it, you will certainly have a good and easy time with it. But it didn’t really capture my heart.

 Alice (Reese Witherspoon) and Harry (Pico Alexander) about to kiss in a doorway.

Summarizing: nice enough.

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