Home Again (2017)

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Released:  Friday, September 29, 2017  
Length:  97 minutes
Studio: Open Road Films
Genre: Comedy
Certificate: 12A


Synopsis

Recently separated from her husband, Alice (Reese Witherspoon) 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.

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Win a Copy of Home Again on Blu-ray From FlickDirect and Universal  12/12/2017 09:27 EDT
Reese Witherspoon is always a great box office draw since she is so versatile as an actress.  She can play the ditzy blonde, the hard as nails, determined woman and the lead in any Rom Com so it's no wonder she won the role as Alice in this year's Home Again.  As Universal Studios gets ready to release the film on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD they, along with FlickDirect want to give away a Blu-ray...  More>>


Home Again Blu-ray Review


As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated, "It takes a village to raise a child" and it certainly seems that way in Reese Witherspoon's (Walk the Line) latest romantic comedy, Home Again.  While the concept is only one part of the plot, it seems to be a fairly significant part and one of the reasons three young men are living in Alice's guest house.  Over time, they help raise Alice's two daughters and make an impact on them while Alice and the girls make an impact on the three guys,  as well.  Coming to Blu-ray and DVD for the holidays, Home Again is a good choice for anyone who is a fan of the Rom-Com genre.

Alice is turning 40, a mother of two girls is separated from her husband, Austen (Michael Sheen; Masters of Sex), and just moved across the country into her famous filmmaker father's house in Los Angeles.   The night of her birthday celebration she and her friends meet three 20 something guys at a bar and continue the party at her house.  After they have all passed out, she finds herself cleaning up – the ever dutiful mom.  When Alice's mother (Candace Bergen; Murphy Brown) brings the girls home before school she starts chatting up the guys and suggests they stay in Alice's guesthouse since they have nowhere else to go.

Harry (Pico Alexander; A Most Violent Year), George (Jon Rudnitsky; Saturday Night Live), and Teddy (Nat Wolff; Paper Towns) are the director, writer, and star of a winning short film and best friends who came to L.A. to have their movie-making dreams come true.  After living essentially with Alice and her daughters though, they learn there is more to life, as they become surrogate father figures, friends, and babysitters. Of course, in the end, the guys get their film made, the girls are encouraged to be their best and Alice musters up the courage to divorce Austen once and for all. 

While Witherspoon is good in pretty much any role she takes on, this one isn't much of a stretch acting wise for her.  Alice is cute and friendly with moments of depression and Witherspoon knows that character fairly well by now.  Bergen is great as her mother and reminded me why I loved so much.  Alexander, Wolff, and Rudnitsky are all cute enough to get by and their camaraderie seems genuine making the best friends plot believable.  Sheen seems too old to be Alice's husband though and Alexander is too young to be her love interest.

The Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition video with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1.  The colors are vivid and the whites are clean and crisp making everything against the stark background of the house pop.  The DTS-HD Master audio 5.1 is what you would expect with the dialogue clearly relegated to the center channel.  The only extra offered is the audio commentary by writer/Director Hallie Meyers-Shyer and Producer Nancy Meyers, which is a little disappointing.  

While there are some inspirational moments in the movie and Alice's relatable inner struggles, there isn't much substance to make this movie more than a fun few hours of escape.  Not serious enough for a serious drama, yet not funny enough to compete with the recent Bad Moms and Girls' Trip, the movie kind of loses its place in the grand scheme of things.  I'm not even sure I would call it a true rom-com as she doesn't end up with the guy at the end.  

Divorced single moms in their 30's and 40's will definitely relate but this certainly doesn't have mass appeal.  It's cute enough…but cute is about all it is.

Grade: C

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