September 08, 2017

R: September 8th, 2017 | R: 97 minutes | R: PG-13

The most promising Rom-Com in years has all the ingredients for success. Home Again is lucky enough to be starring Reese Witherspoon, directed by the daughter of the famous Rom-Com director Nancy Meyers, and produced by the legend herself who directed rom-com classics such as The Parent Trap, What Women Want, Something’s Gotta Give, The Holiday, and It’s Complicated. With so much talent, Home Again is almost a guaranteed success. Yet for everything it got right, the movie could not have gone more wrong.

After moving to Los Angeles with her two kids after a rough marital separation, the daughter of a famous filmmaker finds herself dealing with life as a single mother. Celebrating her 40 th birthday, she ends up letting loose with a man thirteen years her junior and his two friends. The three boys moved to LA to pursue their dreams of being a filmmaking trio but have found themselves running out of time without money or a place to stay. Offering up her guest home for the three to stay, the single mother learns how to live with her life as a single mother with the help of her three new guests.

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Rating: 1 out of 5

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Starring Reese Witherspoon, Home Again is a modern romantic comedy about love, friendships, and family. Recently separated from her husband (Michael Sheen), Alice Kinney (Witherspoon) moves to her hometown of Los Angeles for a fresh start with her two daughters. While out celebrating her 40th birthday, she stumbles across three aspiring filmmakers who are out of money and have no place. Alice decides to welcome them into her home and let them stay at her guest house temporarily, but the arrangement soon comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up to win her back.

I wouldn’t say this was the worst movie I’ve ever seen, but it wasn’t the best either. I seemed to have missed the whole romantic aspect of this film, as well as the comedy, and even the modern part. Normally with these kind of movies, although you know they’re just a movie, you still expect them to be somewhat realistic and relatable. This movie however wasn’t relatable in anyway. Alice is an unemployed single mother living in a mansion in Los Angeles with no real career plans at the age of 40. She allows three young men she doesn’t know to live in her house with her two young daughters nearby. Within the first 30 minutes of the movie, logical audience members realize this type of plot shouldn’t ever happen unless it ends with a house visit from Child Protective Services. The other characters weren’t very realistic either. The three young filmmakers (Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, and Pico Alexander) were very na├»ve and cocky in believing they could just move to Los Angeles without any connections or part time jobs. The fact they got lucky enough to meet a woman who allowed them free rent is the reason many older generations hate millennials. The fact they also spent the majority of the film looking for a producer to make their film exactly how they wanted versus just putting in applications at Starbucks and starring in Tide commercials made me resent them.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

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