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Home Again (2017)

Home Again (2017)

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Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her.

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(150) comments

  • Kathy DOctober 3, 2017Reply

    It was just so bad…the script was terrible at times, the kid she had the affair with looked and acted like 20, not 27, which was just creepy imo. So many random things that didn’t add to the story like the whole interior design client. I rolled my eyes and groaned so many times…hoping for better from Reese Witherspoon so it was disappointing. I gave it 2 stars because I did laugh several times, but roughly half was at how bad/cheesy/dumb it was.

  • Guy JOctober 4, 2017Reply

    So, not only is it’s Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s directorial debut, but she also wrote this story, and why her surname is partly recognisable is because she’s the daughter of writer/director Nancy Meyers who capitalised on the parental, family, sometimes romantic dramedies. I’m actually a fan of Nancy work, especially What Women Want and Something’s Gotta Give, and I haven’t really disliked anything else she’s directed, but, this isn’t about her, it’s her daughter, who follows in her mother’s footsteps by sticking within a very similar arena of complicated, yet honest relationships.

    We meet Alice (Witherspoon) a recently separated, single mother of two adorable girls who returns to her family home in Los Angeles, leaving her husband (Sheen) in New York. She’s at the dawn of being 40 and in celebration, she ends up with some unlikely but likeable house guests. Three young men trying to secure funding for their own film. I can’t say this is totally unbelievable, knowing of stories similar to this, however, what might unnerve some people, particularly parents, is the idea of having three strange men staying in the house with children. So, what is actually stretched out here is trust.

    There’s obviously romance in the air between the alpha male of the trio, Harry (Alexander) and Alice, who’s very much the smooth, manipulative talker with his dulcet tones. It’s a voice I can’t currently place, but his voice reminds me of someone else, I just can’t think of who right now. The trio reminded me very much of The Entourage, just on a much smaller scale.

    It’s an interesting choice of casting besides Witherspoon who seems to fit the role perfectly. But she’s only really up against Sheen and Bergen with the rest of cast only just branching out. Though this isn’t a bad reflection on each of their performances. Wolff actually becomes a likeable character as oppose to this year’s live action Death Note and I actually thought Rudnitsky was Entourage’s Kevin Connolly, but no, it’s pretty much his first major role and he does brilliantly. The girls are probably my favourite characters in the film and feel they should have had larger parts in the story, there was a danger of forgetting about them all together during the middle of the film and part of me think Witherspoon and possibly Bergen as well, did this film as a favour to the Meyer’s to get her work noticed.

    But is it funny? I did forget this was comedy at times while watching this, but it does have a few laugh-out-loud moments. It’s sadly not going to be to everyone’s sense of humour. And, though the script isn’t perfect it does have its little moments of genius. John Debney does a really good score but this really shouldn’t be a selling point of the film.

    Overall, it’s actually quite enjoyable, light-hearted and easy-watching entertainment. But, it’s no way near as funny as it could have, should have been. As for being a directorial and writing debut, Meyers-Shyer does really well and has plonk herself on my radar for future projects.

    Running Time: 8
    The Cast: 7
    Performance: 7
    Direction: 6
    Story: 6
    Script: 6
    Creativity: 6
    Soundtrack: 7
    Job Description: 6
    The Extra Bonus Points: 0

    59% 6/10

    http://www.spoileralertreviews.co.uk

  • George AOctober 5, 2017Reply

    Went and seen this movie last night. From start to finish a load of crap Reese Witherspoon is a good actor but this film is dull weekend in Blackpool actually halfway through the movie there was people getting up and walking out and I don’t know why but then I realise that the movie was complete crap so we got up and walk out don’t go waste of money rubbish

  • Sabrina DOctober 5, 2017Reply

    Sweet movie with wonderful actors. My daughter and I so enjoyed it. We laughed and cried. Beautiful and real.

  • teresa aOctober 5, 2017Reply

    Enjoyed this movie so much! The whole cast did a great job.

  • Gabby BOctober 5, 2017Reply

    Great movie to go see to get out of the house I loved it.

  • Kapten VOctober 6, 2017Reply

    Welcome to the alternate dimension where everything is much the same as here, but life resembles something straight outta women’s glamour magazines, or maybe Vapiano commercial.
    This is the wonderland where:
    * everybody and everything is basically nice and good-looking, and conflicts just go way or soon resolve in the nicest way possible;
    * recently separated jobless mother of two who has just reached middle-age and moved to the other side of the country can live in a really nice comfortable house which she doesn’t have to pay for;
    * she meets true love in the form of a guy 13 years her junior, who’s tall, strikingly good-looking, socially adept, creative, confident, kind, ambitious, loves her children, and also has two best friends who can be described much the same way;
    * people can and will trust each other, and create strong bonds instantly
    * everybody’s just so damn understanding all the time, even children are not bordering on awful like in real-life
    * and so on.
    All this goodness is based on the debuting writer-director Hallie Meyers-Shyer, and (more importantly) produced by her mother Nancy Meyers who’s also responsible for her fair share of chick crack, including What Women Want”, Something’s Gotta Give”, and It’s Complicated”.
    The result will be near-insufferable to many, including the critics – Metacritic gives it 41/100, Rotten Tomatoes 33/100, both offer users’ scores in lower 50s.
    But me, I quite enjoyed it – always had a soft spot for this kind of thing. The authors have created exactly what they were aiming for, and everything is put together very well.
    What’s more important, the actors are enjoyable and feel surprisingly sincere considering the high cheesiness factor of the whole thing.
    The events and dialogue are not original in any way, of course, but the cast really makes it work, be it the screen veteran club (Reese Witherspoon, Candice Bergen, Michael Sheen, Lake Bell) or the trio of young and fresh hunksters (Nat Wolff, Pico Alexander, Jon Rudnitsky) that even Zoolander would envy for their impossibly good-looking-ness.
    Together they create an ultimate feel-good atmosphere – a cinematic comfort food that is probably meant for 50+ midder- and upper-class American ladies, but works for little girls of every age and sex, including myself.
    All the others, who will not get it”, probably have a horrible time of living through all 97 minutes of this. Just remember: let yourself be transported to magic neverland where life really is like in magazines, and all will be fine.
    Home Again” is the movie equivalent of something canned milk: one craves it for irresistible one-two punch of sweetness which is always the same and way too sweet for many, but if you stomach this type of thing, it’s gonna be delicious.
    Reese Witherspoon probably realized that it’s cool to be serious and versatile actress and all, but despite the good looks she’s not actually getting any younger.
    So she found some time to make another chick flick, a mental successor for her “Legally Blonde” series, and grab younger demographic tightly by the tits until she can.
    I mean, what else is there for her in her forties and also coming decades – a string of boring old-lady roles? Bah. She wants to have some fun til she can, and you should too!

  • AnonymousOctober 6, 2017Reply

    So disappointing!!!!

  • Jason TOctober 6, 2017Reply

    No way a bad movie Witherspoon makes it worth a watch.

  • Max KOctober 7, 2017Reply

    Very warm and funny 😉

  • Leanne EOctober 7, 2017Reply

    It was predictable, but better than expected

  • AnonymousOctober 7, 2017Reply

    The film had potential to be great. Their was some poor acting but it still had potential. Unfortunately the writers chose to throw it all away and break the rules. The movie starts to show a climax and then abruptly ends. Thanks for giving us 2/3’s of a movie!

  • Kim SOctober 8, 2017Reply

    very funny lots of drama and romance brilliant movie liked the excitement

  • nigel aOctober 8, 2017Reply

    We saw this film and it was a lot better than your standard ROM Com with the fantastic Reese Witherspoon you should give this film a look

  • Mark POctober 9, 2017Reply

    quirky comedy about a single mother who takes in 3 young lads who are.trying to make it in the movie business. some interesting relationships between the characters and some funny humour. enjoyable better than most Rom coms

  • Russ MOctober 9, 2017Reply

    Home Again

    This is supposed to be a rom-com, but the premise is creepy and a lesson in bad choices

    I do not think the director has a clue about parenting or marriage

    Reel Dialogue: How can we make good choices in life?

    http://russellingreveiws.blogspot.com.au/2017/10/home-again-romantic-comedy-that-is-not.html

  • Hope WOctober 10, 2017Reply

    Cute movie, but totally under-acted. It feels like an extremely low budget made for TV movie, I was very surprised to see Reese Witherspoon in it at all.

  • Erin DOctober 10, 2017Reply

    I adore Witherspoon and still left halfway through.

  • Nick KOctober 11, 2017Reply

    No clichés with this one. It was strange, fresh, original and the lack of direction was enjoyable

  • AnonymousOctober 11, 2017Reply

    Same folks that made ‘It’s Complicated”which is one of the funniest and sweet movie I’ve seen.
    Visually beautiful with lovely background music with lots of laughs. Perfect date movie. A great alternative from the violence and vulariy if most movies. Delightful !!

  • Barry KOctober 13, 2017Reply

    IGNORE THE CRITICS!!! This is fun, funny, cute fantasy movie with a plot that is more like the Wizard of Oz. It didn’t happen and won’t happen, except in your dreams. That’s what is very cool about this movie. Make believe Hollywood with the most likeable actress today. There is no way any critic can diss Reese Witherspoon. Its good that she was not afraid to do this movie, because she makes it. The audience in my theatre really reacted to the comedy. Go see this movie. And guys, you will not be embarrassed or uncomfortable by younger guy relationship. Its all very tasteful. This is not an old-young thing, it is a young-very young thing.

  • Harrison GOctober 13, 2017Reply

    Funny at parts but the movie.was not good ! It was boring. I fell asleep

  • Trina UOctober 17, 2017Reply

    I enjoyed this movie but I would have been watching it at home.

  • Mariana COctober 18, 2017Reply

    Not one of Reese’s best.

  • V AOctober 19, 2017Reply

    An original non-formulaic story with no pat endings. So honest and wholesome it’s crazy.

  • Kate AOctober 25, 2017Reply

    Not fantastic, but not bad, I surprisingly enough enjoyed the romantic outcome

  • Mary HOctober 25, 2017Reply

    So, so bad, the story is so sickly sweet I wanted to throw up. The only reason I kept watching was for Michael Sheen that is all. yuck

  • AnonymousOctober 26, 2017Reply

    Absolutely love this romcom! Very Nancy Meyers and I live the house and decor. Wonderful feel good movie.

  • Trina BOctober 28, 2017Reply

    Grade: C
    In a Nutshell: No, this movie isn’t related to the 2013 Home Again movie with Tatyana Ali. This rom-com features America’s sweetheart, Reese Withersppon, but certainly is not her best work. You’d think they would have picked a different name. Something like “Shacks Up with An Impetuous Boy Toy” would be appropriate.

    Uplifting theme:
    “This is your day, your year. Get ready Alice. The future is yours!” – Alice’s father
    Family comes in different shapes and sizes.
    Be open to change.

    Things I liked:
    Alice’s little blonde daughter is adorable, played by Eden Grace Redfield. She has a bright future in film and TV if she wants one. You can also see her in The Glass Castle.
    They play Heads Up! in a musical montage, so you might miss it. It’s a free app and a lot of fun!
    Alice’s boy toy is played by Pico Alexander.
    Teddy is played by Nat Wolff. Did you know his mother is Polly Draper (thirtysomething: Season 1) and his father is Michael Wolff, the bandleader on the old Arsenio Hall Show? Nice pedigree!
    I love Candace Bergen in anything. It’s always great to see her.
    Jon Rudnitsky playes the only one in the movie who acts like a responsible grown up. We’ll see him again in James Franco’s upcoming movie The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made

    Things I didn’t like:
    Throwing up, sleeping with a stranger after just meeting. Nope. Not glamorous. Alice and her boy toy are sluts. What happened to old fashioned romance?
    Lots of music montages with talking, laughing, drinking, and kissing.
    The boy toy acts selfishly when he storms out when his friends explain they’re working on additional projects. Instead, he should be happy for them. He seems young and immature and self-centered the entire time.
    Alice (Reese Witherspoon) makes some very bag parenting choices. For example, she brings in three male strangers to live in her house, even though she has two young daughters. That’s just asking for trouble in the real world. Sleeping with one of them is irresponsible and confusing for the children. It’s supposed to be adorable and charming in the movie, but it frustrated me.
    The premise is pretty unrealistic and ridiculous.
    Instantly forgettable.

    Tips for parents:
    “Can’t I just go on anti-depressants just like everyone else?” – Isabel (Lola Flanery) She talks about having anxiety and depression and watches her mom pop pills every time she has a problem.
    Profanity. I hate it when kids swear.
    A married woman sleeps with a young guy (you only see kissing)

    MOVIE REVIEW MOM

    @trinaboice

  • Nicki MOctober 29, 2017Reply

    Really disappointed. I had read some reviews suggesting this isn’t a good movie, but I tend to enjoy Reese Witherspoon’s chick flicks, so I was prepared to judge for myself.
    So many things wrong here, I barely know where to start.
    First of all, the story, what a bore. Divorced single mum to two girls meets a 27 year old guy. She’s 40. Not in itself a problem, plenty of movies with older men and young girls and Reese is attractive. I could buy it if there was any chemistry whatsoever between the pair of them. (There’s not). The guy has the presence of a cardboard cut out and the other two mates of his are similar in appeal, which is a problem, because for some unknown reason, this movie is just as much about the guys and a movie they want to produce as it is about Reese’s Alice. While we are on that, Alice is such a mum in this. For geez sake did she have to be in mum jeans and frumpy blouses nearly every scene?
    There’s some cloying sweetness around a school play and how the young guys pull through for Alice’s 11 year old daughter (please), a brief will-she-won’t-she with her jackass ex. Lots of fake smiling and euphoria around the so fun dinner table and this movie limps to a very unsatisfactory ending.

  • M LOctober 29, 2017Reply

    Home Again has draws the viewer in all the way, until10 minutes before the ending. Harry (Pico Alexander) and Alice (Reese Witherspoon) bumble through a relationship with endearing mix ups. In the end, unfortunately, nothing happens.

    Audiences flock to rom-coms because we want to be lulled by two hours of comedy and romance. There was some comedy, there was some romance and then the story just ended.

    While Harry and Alice had strong chemistry, their “let’s just be friends” ending fell flat.

    The story ends with Alice, her ex, her three new boy toys including her three-night-stand, her mother, and her daughters eating a lovely meal together and laughing. All the director had to do was cut to Alice and Harry replicating their bar eye sparkle to leave the hopeless romantic viewers hoping. Alas, in the words of the Stones, “I can’t get no satisfaction.”

  • Dave ROctober 31, 2017Reply

    Doesn’t a movie title usually have to have something to do with the actual movie? Not in the case of the movie Home Again it doesn’t, as this thing is a real mess. I get it, 40 year old woman being attracted to a 27 year old guy and vice versa so the premise while shaky is fine for a movie, but this thing has so many holes. First, Reese Witherspoon moves into her dead father’s home (is this the Home Again), yet we are lead to believe this father has been dead for years but she moves into a fully furnished home. Next, so she is starting her own business, yet how can she afford such a good lifestyle while starting the business? Then the three guys move in, while she is enjoying the pleasures of one of them and the comedy sort of ensues. I could go on and on, but if you chose to watch this thing, you should have to suffer through the plot holes and timeline screw-ups galore. This is a total skip for me.

  • Gayle CNovember 1, 2017Reply

    Very funny and loved this movie

  • Jennifer MNovember 4, 2017Reply

    I really enjoyed the movie – it was sweet and easy to watch.

  • AnonymousNovember 4, 2017Reply

    If I could give this movie zero stars, I would….. It was predictable, boring, lifeless, terrible… This is the worst acting I have ever seen for a movie coming from Reese… I had very high hopes walking into this movie since I was yet to see something bad come from her, but this was just terrible, so dry, dusty and of course she would cast herself as a 40 year old with a few kids who falls in love with a younger guy… this movie left me with more questions that answers. NO storyline, whatsoever, and it was so damn difficult to work out what in the world was going on most of the time, it skipped around with no warning at all…. the best way to describe this movie, is simply that it had a beginning and an end and the middle was just a big question mark…. not impressed by the first ‘big’ movie that she was released and It will put me off from seeing her future work… Don’t waste your money.

  • AnonymousNovember 22, 2017Reply

    Horrible acting and plot.

  • Mohamed MNovember 23, 2017Reply

    HOME AGAIN- 50%
    Okay.
    Home again had a nice start with a few enjoyable smiles and laughs.
    However, it has many cringe moments with cheesy acting, and horrible screenwriting. I really enjoyed the story but wasn’t satisfied with the ending.
    Story wise and execution: 2.08/3.5
    Acting: 1.05/2.5
    Camera work: 0.77/2
    Sound: 1.15/2
    Overall Score: 2.53/5

  • Arjun NNovember 24, 2017Reply

    A bizarre premise (3 film aficionados live with a 40 year old single mom they met at a bar) and awkward chemistry between Witherspoon and Alexander make this film highly forgettable

  • AnonymousNovember 28, 2017Reply

    Loved it!! Classic, mushy, feel good movie that makes you smile. Beautifully done!

  • AnonymousNovember 28, 2017Reply

    Bad movie. I enjoy RomComs but this film was just plain awful with a very non-satisfying ending.

  • Clem KDecember 1, 2017Reply

    uh…the story was poorly written, the romance connection wasn’t there, or chalk it up to a chick flick – but my wife thought it sucked too.

  • Connor SDecember 3, 2017Reply

    I admit I’m not the best judge of romantic comedies. In fact, the only reason I watched as much of this movie as I did is because there wasn’t anything else to do at work, but in my opinion, the latest rom-com starring Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde) is not worth your time.

    Home Again is the director’s first movie, and that shows. Even though she has her experienced mother, Nancy Meyers, as a producer, they play it too safe in this movie. It’s a movie about Hollywood people made by Hollywood people, for crying out loud! Most of the jokes fail because they’re executed clumsily, and the main romance develops though a lazy montage. Not enough conflicts break out, and the ones that do are caused by non-issues that have no right to divide the characters as much as they do. Between all that and the soothing soundtrack, the movie is just boring (though not as boring as pacing the lobby looking for popcorn kernels to sweep up). The characters are all pleasant enough, but they aren’t terribly compelling. Then again, the audience let out a quick applause, so I could be completely wrong.

  • Nancy EDecember 3, 2017Reply

    I love this movies idk why there was such low ratings

  • Sarah-Jane dDecember 3, 2017Reply

    A movie in which the lead characters seem to have it all: looks, friends, family, wealth and opportunity. Vapid script, vapid characters. Too bad, since the actors were great and deserved to be in a film with a little more substance.

  • Anna BDecember 5, 2017Reply

    A billion stars for this movie!!! This is how people should treat eac other

  • Kenneth SDecember 6, 2017Reply

    Kinda bad… You end up getting bored and tired of watching it after 1 hour and 15 mins of the film. Had to stop watching cause I couldn’t handle it any longer anymore! Only watched it because of Reese Witherspoon and I always love her as an actress, but this was horrible!

  • AnonymousDecember 9, 2017Reply

    Another addition to a long list of terrible movies starring Reese Witherspoon. Home Again is doomed from the start revolving around a middle aged white woman accepting three strange young men into her house, now add bad acting and a predictable ending into the mix and this comedy-drama is officially one of the worst I’ve seen in a while.

  • AnonymousDecember 10, 2017Reply

    Clean up dishes will be better than watching this flunk

  • AnonymousDecember 11, 2017Reply

    Nothing to be seen here!

  • Rachelle ÂDecember 12, 2017Reply

    But I just looooove Reese Witherspoon!

  • Champ SDecember 15, 2017Reply

    too story simple with not much of an interesting idea. Might be a little too simple.

  • AnonymousDecember 22, 2017Reply

    Cute, but in my opinion not very realistic ending.

  • Evan KDecember 22, 2017Reply

    It’s a pretty good rom-com set-up, but it’s done no favours by the acting and hokey plot around it.

  • Emily ADecember 23, 2017Reply

    Cute. Don’t expect too much – you’ll love it

  • Dan GDecember 25, 2017Reply

    This was a great movie. Funny, different, a great story, and a bit off-the-wall. I loved it. Can’t figure out why the tomato reviewers typically suck on movies. 99.9% of their lousy reviews are the ones I love. And the audience? Head in their ass maybe and can’t appreciate a good movie? Obviously. It’s a good one to me. Well worth watching.

  • AnonymousDecember 26, 2017Reply

    Very disappointed. Home Again has no direction. Characters were out of place. Expected more from the director who did It’s Complicated.

  • Alva PDecember 27, 2017Reply

    A great movie if you’re in the mood for the classic rom-com esc of ‘thirteen going on thirty’ and ‘just go with it’. This movie is an overall hilarious and puts you in a good mood. At times your left saing in a sacarstic tone, “wow I didn’t see that coming!” but i think that is what makes this a funny watch. I would have this on your must watch list!

  • AnonymousDecember 27, 2017Reply

    Awful. Just awful. Like I would allow my preteen daughter to hang out with random 20 somethings… terrible, predictable and the worst acting we’ve seen ever. 0 stars.

  • AnonymousDecember 28, 2017Reply

    Prob the worst Reese Weatherspoon movie I ever seen

  • Darin BDecember 28, 2017Reply

    Entertaining movie. If you are looking for an academy award winner this is not it but it is entertaining.

  • Sean PDecember 30, 2017Reply

    Home Again is a vacuous and inane movie that is otherwise an inoffensive and forgettable romantic comedy about characters who have no problems. It’s the kind of vacuousness that you would think even Hollywood would be tired of by now and yet there still seems to be an appetite for it. I think it’s called lifestyle porn, wherein the poor watch movies like Home Again and fantasize about the architecture and accoutrements without a care for whether or not the characters’ lives are worth enduring. https://geeks.media/movie-review-home-again?_ga=2.263693644.1126457623.1513947710-953607229.1513947710

  • Eric RDecember 30, 2017Reply

    2/5 Stars

    I didn’t hate it. But pretty much none of the relationships or characters really resonated with me. It felt like it was going in way too many directions at the same time.

    The acting was fine, but the plot just wasn’t there.

  • Meredith WDecember 30, 2017Reply

    I watched this movie on a plane. It’s that type of movie. You wouldn’t want to pay to see it in a cinema but it is nice enough (in a predictable way) to pass a couple of hours with Reece Witherspoon doing her usual thing.

  • Margarita CDecember 30, 2017Reply

    I liked it and really enjoyed it.

  • glenn sDecember 30, 2017Reply

    a fun to watch romantic comedy.

  • Gregory PDecember 31, 2017Reply

    The whitest cheesiest movie of the year!!

  • Mary Lou CJanuary 2, 2018Reply

    If you’re WHITE, RICH & SHALLOW, this is the movie for you! I love most of Reese’s movies but not this one! It’s one of those flicks there it’s so bad, you can’t stop watching because you need to see just how much worse it can get… Shame on Reese for this one. The tone-deaf message was appalling and scene after scene of all those white faces laughing was really creepy; would make a good first act for rerun of “Get Out”.

  • Joe DJanuary 2, 2018Reply

    Poor writing, poor acting, racist jokes, homophobic jokes, shockingly bad.

  • Lilian LJanuary 5, 2018Reply

    A cute little story. Fun and relaxing to watch 😉

  • Ed LJanuary 9, 2018Reply

    ROTTEN STENCH OF A FILM

  • Christian CJanuary 10, 2018Reply

    Despite whatever curb appeal “Home Again” might have, its address is squarely situated in the most bland hamlet I’ve seen in a while. It’s the most uninteresting romantic comedy since whatever Adam Sandler’s last film was.

  • Kevin MJanuary 11, 2018Reply

    It’s mindless entertainment. Reese Witherspoon is still a beauty and easy to root for, but the story isn’t very good. Enjoy it anyway and forget about it until it’s on TBS during the summer of 2019.

  • AnonymousJanuary 12, 2018Reply

    Such a great movie, and those who rated it poorly need to get a life.

  • John RJanuary 12, 2018Reply

    It was barely worth the 1.25 rental at the red box.Unrealistic and privileged charcters that have champaign problems. A storyline that’s just weak, really was hoping for something close to it’s complicated but missed the boat entirely.

  • AnonymousJanuary 13, 2018Reply

    Not funny, amoral, and it seems that reese has tumbled to the B list to take on this waste of film.let’s just sleep and be manipulated by a younger person while we are married, not work on the marriage, in fact, let’s just decide I don’t feel like being married at all! But the kids will all be fine! Not!

  • AnonymousJanuary 14, 2018Reply

    I love Reese Witherspoon but this movie was incredibly boring and hard to watch!!!

  • AnonymousJanuary 14, 2018Reply

    Quando se é filha de personalidades importantes de Hollywood as expetativas em relação ao primeiro trabalho de direção costumam ser altas. Hallie Meyers-Shyer, filha da celebrada rainha das comédias românticas, Nancy Meyers, e do realizador e argumentista, Charles Shyer, faz a sua estreia por trás das câmaras com o filme Home Again, uma desinteressante comédia romântica que se esquece com a facilidade com que se bebe um copo de água. O filme, que protagoniza a premiada pelos óscares, Reese Witherspoon, além de ser desprovido de qualquer drama, falha também em refrescar o género, repetindo o que já foi feito e visto antes de uma forma pouquíssimo inspirada.

    Alice Kinney (Witherspoon) está prestes a fazer o seu quadragésimo aniversário e é uma mãe solteira que se separou recentemente do seu marido, Austen (Michael Sheen). Para um fresco e novo começo, decide mudar-se de Nova Iorque para Los Angeles com as suas filhas, Isabel (Lola Flanery) e Rosie (Eden Grace Redfield), onde pretende começar uma carreira enquanto designer de interiores. Ao festejar o seu aniversário num bar com amigas, a vida de Alice dá uma reviravolta quando conhece Harry (Pico Alexander), um elegante rapaz de 27 anos aspirante a realizador; Teddy (Nat Wolff), um jovem ator, e George (Jon Rudnitsky), o argumentista do trio.

    Depois de um caso de uma noite que deu para o torto, torna-se evidente que Harry está interessado em intensificar a sua relação com Alice, algo que tem oportunidade de tentar depois da mãe de Alice (Candice Bergen) os deixar permanecer em sua casa, para evitarem a despesa de arrendamento. Entretanto, os três amigos tentam fechar um negócio com um produtor. Toda a situação complica-se quando Austen decide aparecer inesperadamente.

    O problema central deste filme é a sua aversão ao risco. Sempre que podia acontecer algo que poderia agitar a narrativa, o caminho era sempre o mais seguro. Um romance entre uma mãe de 40 anos e um homem de 27 dá panos para mangas, mas foi frustrante ver o rumo que as personagens tomaram. De certa forma, este género pede para que nos relacionemos com o que as personagens estão a fazer, afinal de contas, somos todos humanos e o amor e a comédia andam de mãos dadas, mas exige uma artificialidade tão evidente nas personagens e na história que estabelecer empatia torna-se um desafio.

    Neste projeto, o que é mais louvável são as atuações. Witherspoon tem uma presença charmosa e estranhamente adorável e a química entre os três amigos é palpável, o que permite sorrisos ocasionais. Mas o material em mãos, as linhas de diálogo, os planos excessivamente iluminados, tudo parece tão inexperiente e desenquadrado com a realidade, que a certo ponto me perguntei se o filme não era uma fantasia. A filha de pessoas experientes no género devia de saber melhor.

    Home Again é essencialmente um remake de uma má comédia romântica dos anos 80. É tão inofensivo e fino na sua matéria que não consegue escapar à sua superficialidade. O conflito é parte fundamental de qualquer filme, é a partir dele que os arcos das personagens se realizam e é a partir dele que uma ideia transcende para o patamar de história envolvente. Este é um filme sem conflito.

    3,3/10

  • Paul SJanuary 14, 2018Reply

    Three Men and a divorced lady…

  • rose pJanuary 16, 2018Reply

    Very lame, even Reese couldn’t save it.

  • AnonymousJanuary 17, 2018Reply

    Sweet and a fun escape.

  • AnonymousJanuary 17, 2018Reply

    Very in relatable. And no chemistry. I was very disappointed as I love Reese and Michael. Creepy in a way becuase 3 young guys just become family? George was the best part of the film.

  • AnonymousJanuary 20, 2018Reply

    If you like sappy and feel good RomCom’s – this one will not disappoint! Fantastic!

  • Pickles MJanuary 21, 2018Reply

    It’s very dry. I? thought maybe it’d be okay with its PG-13 rating and then they throw in unnecessary outburst of off put language. Therefore, it just fails on every front. The cast was skilled, so 1 star.

  • Travis EJanuary 22, 2018Reply

    1.0/5.0 stars – Grade: D

  • Alexander RJanuary 22, 2018Reply

    Started strong, then turned into your typical rom-com. Certainly had it’s moments to you semi-interested.

  • AnonymousJanuary 23, 2018Reply

    I don’t understand why this was rated so low by the critics,good thing I didn’t listen! A very cute movie, I enjoyed very much.

  • Jeanny%20 TJanuary 27, 2018Reply

    Watch this film for yourself without any expectations . Just enjoy a film for what it’s worth. Simple and beautiful in its own way.

  • Kyle MJanuary 28, 2018Reply

    Uneventful with a generic formula, but the clearly-marked directorial debut for Hallie Meyers-Shyer continues the charming taste of her lineage. (B-)

    (Full review TBD)

  • Brigitte CFebruary 1, 2018Reply

    DIdn’t find it believable at all. As if you would let random men you just met stay at your house and babysit your two girls, ew. Lamest plot ever.

  • Courtney KFebruary 3, 2018Reply

    this was fine; everyone seemed pretty stiff though. i didn’t love it.

  • Rangan RFebruary 4, 2018Reply

    Midlife crisis, and to begin life afresh!

    We the viewers ask for something different, and here’s the one. This was slightly different than the usual films. Only on the characters, but the story was pretty much the same like about jealousness. The story of a middle aged woman and to begin the life again. Alice a daughter of a famous filmmaker, is not all happy in her life after the marriage is at in the risk of collapse. Then suddenly all changes when three youngsters she meets at the club. What follows after is to enlighten her life, but not everything’s going to be fine. It could be more trouble than the solution she’s hoping for, especially for a long term in mind. So what are those issues and how it resolved were told in the remaining parts.

    From a new director. She wrote it as well. I’ve seen many women director’s films in this year than any other. They are making revolution here. This is actually a decent film, but surely not a bad one as you have heard. Reese Witherspoon was awesome. She always good at such roles. So basically this film is for her to watch. But the three young actors too was not bad. The story was better, especially how it all ended. This is for the gown ups, above 25-30 years old people. Because of how everything revolved, only they can understand it better. And also for the open minded people, because it’s about the modern moral thing like traditional sentiments in a relationship were removed to narrate this tale. So definitely a decent film to watch once in my opinion!

    7/10

  • Nilufer EFebruary 7, 2018Reply

    It was an okay road movie. I was in the mood for a simple movie with a fairly cute cast and this one did not disappoint. It was fun at times as well. I wish the leading men were different.

  • Angela AFebruary 11, 2018Reply

    THE WORST MOVIE! Cheesy beyond belief! DO NOT waste your time on this movie. Serious garbage!

  • AnonymousFebruary 13, 2018Reply

    I thought it was warm and fun…not realistic but cute and good natured. It is nice to see men not acting like pigs. Reese is always charming and cute.

  • AnonymousFebruary 17, 2018Reply

    Loved this movie. Very much a chic flick but a very good one at that! Make me laugh smile and cry!

  • Rosy WFebruary 18, 2018Reply

    Loved it! Heart warming & not the usual expected ending.
    Great acting & light hearted, quirky characters.

  • jeff nFebruary 24, 2018Reply

    This movie is directly aimed at mid-life crisis moms. As such, I’m not in the target demographic. So with that much acknowledged…. this movie is a profoundly offensive mess. And the mess is entirely because of the offensive story.

    The story is a sort of mom-porn for bored housewives who wish for something better. Reese Witherspoon is the mother of two who starts the movie sticking a toe into single life. From there a lot of things could have happened. But none of the good ones did.

    She is beautiful, rich and has never really needed to work. She has recently moved from New York to California with her kids, leaving her husband behind with his demanding job in the music industry (where he presumably makes a large income). They are separated, and have not decided about the ultimate fate of their relationship.

    And with this setup, the movie is already lost. We are supposed to identify with Reese Witherpoon’s character. And with one of the most likeable actresses of all time, it is hard not to. But she moved her kids away from their father – like 3,000 miles away! She later tells us it is because she used to enjoy going out and partying with her husband (which is a part of his work), but now they are older and she’s annoyed that he still has late nights wining and dining prospective clients. So her solution was to pick up and move the kids as far away as she possibly can. I’m already not really rooting for the kind of person who would do that to her children and her husband.

    So she’s living with her kids and trying to start her interior decorating business. Her friends tell her that she needs to get out… but she resists. For about 3 minutes of screen time. Then she goes out and gets drunk and picks up a twenty-something hottie and takes him home to have sex. Remember, she’s a married woman at this point. And we are supposed to be rooting for her to hook up with the adoring younger guy. And to really underscore the play to depressed housewives, she keeps repeating that she’s 40 years old! And he’s soooo young! So the target demographic can fantasize about being 40 years old but still smoking-hot, super wealthy, living in a huge Hollywood mansion and hooking up with a 20 something hottie who is smitten to the point of obsession.

    Meanwhile, the husband is making mewling phone calls from across the continent, telling her how much he misses her. He fills the “my husband would be so crushed if I left him” role in the housewife fantasy. You see, he didn’t know how good he had it until she was gone.

    So her hottie and his 2 friends end up moving in to the guest house of her mansion. One is really smart and sensitive – so he fulfills the dad role, caring for the kids and encouraging the daughter to go for her dreams! The other is sometimes protector, sometimes housekeeper who is always obsessed with Reese. All three guys combine to be her ideal husband. She gets lots of sex with her attractive guy, intellectual fulfillment and parenting with the writer, and a domestic partner and protector. Win, win, win.

    And then the husband shows up to repair things with his family. Apparently he just blew off his biggest client to travel across the country to see his wife. But he still is a bit of a pathetic schlub as he expresses remorse and a desire to be a better husband. Then we get a contrived scene where the protector twenty-something hauls off and punches the husband unprovoked. They then get in a fight that is comical and sad, which serves to tell us that the husband is aging and kind of pathetic and definitely not worthy of Reese Witherspoon!

    And just when you think Witherspoon’s character is going to show some growth…. she kicks the 3 young guys out and says she’s going to work on her family…. then kicks her husband to the curb with a flat “I want a divorce”… But this is mom-porn. So even in this stupid contrived universe, she doesn’t show any growth. So she goes and gets the boys back and we finish the movie with a family dinner with the completely useless (but hot) Reese Witherspoon character surrounded by 4 men who are slavishly devoted to fulfilling her desires. She’s happy and all of her needs are fulfilled. They even paper over the damage done to the kids with a cutsie scene where they tell her they are happy without dad and with the young guys around. (never mind that all 4 of the men who are in her thrall are in an extremely unhealthy situation that obviously cannot continue.)

    It would be bad but forgivable as a fantasy shared among friends over a glass of wine. But as a movie this drek is unforgivable. If you value family and marriage, there is really no way to enjoy this movie. For those of us who do, it is profoundly offensive. The only people I could recommend it to would be aging moms in bad marriages who are looking to bolster their courage for filing for divorce. Other than that, stay away.

  • Dann MFebruary 24, 2018Reply

    Reese Witherspoon stars in the lighthearted comedy Home Again. After a drunken one-night stand on her 40th birthday Alice, a recently separated single mother, invites three struggling filmmakers to stay in her guest house, and they soon begin to bond with her daughters and become protective of her when her husband attempts a reconciliation. Unfortunately the script is rather weak and doesn’t really explain why Alice and her husband separated, leaving the audience uncertain as to whether they should want her to move on or reconcile. In fact, the film plays it safe in almost every way; there are no villains, no real acts of betrayal, or conflicts that aren’t easily resolved. And the comedy is pretty tame as well. An entertaining but forgettable film, Home Again has no ambition or passion to it.

  • AnonymousMarch 2, 2018Reply

    I love Reese Witherspoon however I just felt like this movie dragged and I did not like the ending.

  • Noah MMarch 11, 2018Reply

    a Very funny ROM-Com. Great performance by the whole cast especially Reese Witherspoon.

  • João PMarch 18, 2018Reply

    Simple, mature and quite good, Home Again maybe not try to change the game here, but still is a solid comedy that works because of the solid cast leading by the charismatic Reese Witherspoon. (3/5)

  • Becky RMarch 25, 2018Reply

    Very slow and boring! Would not recommend watching this show. Vert disappointing for a Reese Witherspoon movie!

  • julio cMarch 27, 2018Reply

    although i am giving this movie two stars, i don’t regret my decision to purchase this film all thanks to pico alexander. his smile and sexiness makes all the difference, unfortunately,regardless of some smooth moves and a pretty face, this movie lacks a plot and a sense direction of the storyline. the ending left me filled with uncertainty and an unsettling feeling as well as multiple questions left unanswered. this movie has multiple conflicts and only about one was resolved by the end. i don’t know if it’s just me, but the lack of closure between alice and harry at the end of the movie left a gapping whole in the heart of this movie.

  • AnonymousMarch 30, 2018Reply

    I knew this movie would not be worth watching in theaters judging by the poor ratings/reviews so I decided to watch it as a rental. The entire story is just unrealistic but fun enough to pass the time.

  • Troy KApril 3, 2018Reply

    It’s an enjoyable movie and worth a watch, but it’s a pretty bad movie…really.

  • AnonymousApril 12, 2018Reply

    Expected more from Reece 💩💩

  • Callahan CApril 25, 2018Reply

    Home Again is not your typical “older woman” rom com. Reese Witherspoon’s character, Alice, is not looking to recapture her youth by dating a younger man. She doesn’t even necessarily want to be in a relationship with Harry, but he is fairly persistent in his attempts to be with her. Movies such as Prime or The Rebound also center on older women dating younger men. Those two films have two women who are successful and established dating younger men who are still struggling to find success. The same is true for the men of Home Again, but Reese Witherspoon’s character is also still trying to find her path as she attempts to start her own interior design business.
    One of the best things about this movie was that the ending was not totally predictable, which is refreshing for a rom com. Also the southern California setting, and Witherspoon’s house were beautiful and enjoyable to watch. The actors also had really good chemistry although I felt like the boy’s characters could have been developed more. One of the biggest let downs I think was the storyline about Alice’s father, who was a famous filmmaker. They begin the film by talking all about her famous Dad and his films and yet he is barely discussed throughout the film except for the fact that Alice lives in his house, and has all his old stuff. Another disappoint of the film was that it continued the trope of all these “cougar” films of always having the women as mothers, or hoping to be mothers. It suggests that all women of a certain age should want children or already have them, which is not true.
    Although I did like that Alice, aside from her job, did seem like she really had her life together. Her relationship with Harry was really just about her enjoying herself rather than being super serious. And in the end she had all the agency in her relationships and her life, and she’s totally secure in herself which is nice to see of female protagonists.
    Is this one of the best films ever? Definitely not. Is this one of the best romantic comedies ever? No. But this film is very enjoyable, especially if you’re a Reese Witherspoon fan (and, honestly, who isn’t?). The film is light hearted and pretty, and it just makes you feel good. It has beautiful scenes, beautiful people, and enough comedy and plot to keep it interesting. Just enjoy the movie, and don’t take it or yourself too seriously.

  • Amanda%20 WApril 26, 2018Reply

    “Home Again” is a film starring veteran romcom actress Reese Witherspoon as a divorced mother of two who allows three struggling film makers to live in her guest house. The romcom adorableness rears its head from the beginning when Reese meets the dashing and charming young Harry and brings him home for the night. Like all good romcoms, their relationship is not as simple as a one night stand when her kids barge in on them (while she’s folding his laundry – very PG) and then allows him and his friends to stay in her guest house. The big quirk in this film is the age difference between the romantic leads; the female lead, Alice, is 40 years old, and the male lead is in his 20s. This is obviously a change from the typical same age couples, or older man-younger woman trope. This adds a different layer to the relationship, which the film explores beyond the simple interest in an attractive younger man, like with Diane Keaton’s and Keanu Reeve’s relationship in “Something’s Gotta Give”. The serious contemplation of a romantic relationship between an older woman and younger man hasn’t been very mainstream in American film or television. I remember seeing a boom of this type of relationship in Korean television called “noona” romances, and “Home Again” appears to be a faint echo of that.
    One of the great comedic elements of this movie is the family dynamic between all the characters, especially the young men and Alice and her kids. They mesh so well together, but it is in the way of a mother and her children. This also makes the introduction of her ex husband interesting because he clicks with the young men, but as an adversary. One semi-uncomfortable oddity that arises with these relationships is how Alice acts like the mother of everyone, including her ex husband and romantic interest. I found this to be overshadowed by the adorableness of everyone though, if you didn’t look too much into it. It was just a generally feel-good, fluff movie and watching Reese Witherspoon is always a fun time.

  • Serge LJune 26, 2018Reply

    Looks like the perfect feel-good movie for mommy. There is everything mommy can possibly want. In the end, almost everybody is happy! Good enough for me too.

  • Eternity DJuly 14, 2018Reply

    I want to like the story, I want to like this movie – but I was so uncomfortable with the relationship between the teen and one of the older boys that I couldn’t. I know it wasn’t the intent to make it feel like there was “something there” – that’s likely a problem with my own past that this movie just continuously reminds me of. In fact, I warned people I know who have similar issues to stay away from the movie. They were (hopefully) innocent in making the pair friends, but…. *shudders*. Reese was awesome, as she always was, and the rest of the story left me interested and wanting to know more. Overall though, it was a movie to pass the time, and that’s about it.

  • ruthie%20 kJuly 14, 2018Reply

    This movie sucked. I love Reese, but come on, really? It was extremely anti-climatic and it had an awful plot. Even the title of the movie had barely anything to do with the plot. She made such a big deal about her father in the beginning but then he is barely brought up again. Also, am I the only one who was rooting for George and Alice? Like, what the hell? It was like they made us think they were suppose to get together then it was dropped. Anyways, the acting was good but the story wasnt.

  • Narrative MJuly 20, 2018Reply

    – Home Again is the embodiment of chick-flick at its sweetest –

    I’ve never been one for light, breezy entertainment. For years, I’ve thought of myself as a connoisseur of dark, thought-provoking cinema. But I’ve noticed something shifting in me. I think it’s called aging.

    When watching Home Again, I didn’t take to it immediately. I didn’t laugh. But the rest of the audience did. They laughed so hard that I took a moment to look around and understand who these gasping-for-air people were. They were women. This was an entire theater of women, with the exception of one man sighing heavily beside me.

    The sound of this audience said it all to me. Home Again is a movie that truly gets the straight, romantic comedy-loving lady. It’s a fluffy, fluffy, dreamy fantasy. I could feel the estrogen feel-good vibes popping.

    The plot’s simple. Alice (Reese Witherspoon, Wild) is a 40-something single mom who surprises herself with a debaucherous night out on the town. In the morning, she wakes to one 20-something guy in her bed (Pico Alexander, A Most Violent Year ) and two more in her living room (Nat Wolff, Paper Towns and Jon Rudnitsky, Patchwork). Despite the likelihood, the young guys fit in with the family so well, they move in.

    Home Again is sugar syrup of gender roles reversed. With the new additions to her family, Alice can get on with her career while having everything she could want – in-home child care, a cook, and sex. I wondered if the sexist role reversal was gross and I’ve concluded that it actually works because it’s so playful and oddly innocent.

    Everything about Home Again is Hollywood on its best behavior. It has tones of 1950s escapism and idealism, down to the musical score. It even has the most gratuitous smiling face montage I’ve ever seen. Luckily I didn’t expect high art because I definitely didn’t find it here, but I did fall for Witherspoon’s perfect, nothing-can-go-wrong life. I was laughing with the rest by the end. It felt so satisfying after the everyday stress of my own. I guess I’ve just ventured into a new era of rom-com loving satisfaction. And you know what? I like it.

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    Editor’s note: Be wary of watching the trailer. It gives away the first 20 minutes of Home Again’s punchlines!

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    This review was first published on Narrative Muse, http://www.narrativemuse.co/movies/home-again. Narrative Muse curates the best books and movies by and about women and non-binary folk on our website http://narrativemuse.co and our social media channels.

  • AnonymousJuly 27, 2018Reply

    Home again is a predictable and forgettable romantic comedy. The Movie has a few mild chuckles and Reese Weatherspoon is always enjoyable to watch but the movie feel so fake. The romantic chemistry is not believable and the story drags. The movie feels like a set piece of people acting on it not realistic. The movie is easily forgettable and Reese Witherspoon has done much better work.

  • AnonymousJuly 27, 2018Reply

    Home again is a predictable and forgettable romantic comedy. The Movie has a few mild chuckles and Reese Weatherspoon is always enjoyable to watch but the movie feel so fake. The romantic chemistry is not believable and the story drags. The movie feels like a set piece of people acting on it not realistic. The movie is easily forgettable and Reese Witherspoon has done much better work.

  • Charlie MAugust 4, 2018Reply

    The whitest movie i ever seen. Even Disney has better sex scenes. The ex husband should of sued the guy that punched him, and someone should of dated the grandma. I want my two hours back. It all felt like blah, they confuse legal weed with meth? If only they all would of smoked, the movie might of gotten saved, but instead we got two white dudes tribbing eachother in the ground and a jvery pleasent joyful divorce. The few seconds of the black and white short that showed, felt a hundred times more interesting than this long ass-kmart commercial. The credits didn’t even show the director’s name.

  • Steven RAugust 4, 2018Reply

    I loved the movie. It was warm, funny, emotional, and at the end made me laugh and cry.

  • AnonymousAugust 6, 2018Reply

    Nice human interest theme.

  • AnonymousAugust 9, 2018Reply

    I would give this movie no stars if I could. Nancy Meyers designed the set and picked as usual a beautiful home for the movie. She always does an amazing job in movies picking homes and designing sets such as It’s Complicated, the Holiday, Father of the Bride, Something’s Gotta Give. The difference is, she wrote the screenplay in most of those movies as well. This time her daughter wrote the screenplay, and it shows. It’s completely amateurish. The actor that plays Harry, Pico Alexander gives one of the most repulsive, cringeworthy acting performances I’ve ever seen. His desperation to come across as suave is laughable. The dialogue and writing and characters are all annoying and it was absolutely a chore to get through this. The set, home, scenery is beautiful. Everything else is just about as bad as it gets. I hope Hallie Meyers-Shyer is one and done in her writing career, and I pray to the movie gods Pico Alexander is never seen on any screen of any form again.

  • Shawn WAugust 17, 2018Reply

    i only give it 2 stars because Reese Witherspoon was in it but other then that, is was not a fun film, VERY BORING I was waiting for turn around in every scene but there was no JOY to it!

  • Sjockiea MAugust 19, 2018Reply

    This movie was refreshing and it made me smile.

  • AnonymousAugust 19, 2018Reply

    In any other film, this would’ve ended with the mother and daughters tied up in a basement…….

  • AnonymousAugust 23, 2018Reply

    Reese Witherspoon plays an older, slightly more mature version of Elle Woods. I wanted to like this movie in the same way that I loved Sweet Home Alabama, but it was less enjoyable fluff and more flavorless nonsense. Poorly written, thoroughly predictable, and bland; it wasn’t even well cast. The best actors in this movie were the children. Reese Witherspoon and Michael Sheen must have owed someone a favor to agree to make this movie.

  • Viktor NSeptember 3, 2018Reply

    So not what I was expecting, and a dissaster as far as a Witherspoon movie.. sure she wants to do something different but, doesn’t really cut it for me..

  • Renee JSeptember 12, 2018Reply

    I do not understand the low rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The acting in this is exquisite. It’s so real. It’s almost like watching a documentary.

  • AnonymousSeptember 28, 2018Reply

    Kind of cheesy. I felt like I was watching a sit com throughout most of the film. But, there was something about the characters and storyline that kept me engaged and interested. It’s a good enjoyable movie and worth watching.

  • Lisa NSeptember 30, 2018Reply

    Loved this movie and all the cast. One of my fave movies in a long time. Well written story and well executed by all actors. Laughed a lot and could relate to the story.

  • AnonymousOctober 10, 2018Reply

    Hard to like and difficult to hate this movie. Alot of fluff and poor acting but has a few interesting characteristics that at least give it 2 stars.

  • Jenny AOctober 21, 2018Reply

    The excellent acting is the best part of this movie, and the screenplay is good too, although the storyline is dumb and totally unbelievable. There is no way that 3 single guys would give a hoot about her children. As a mom, I found it a fun fantasy to watch, and Harry was so handsome and charming. Somehow, Reese’s face is prettier than ever (hmm) but she has the mom body to go with her character. Lake Bell was in two scenes as a rich, snobby lady and she NAILS it-she’s awesome! I can’t believe she is a pothead in real life. Wouldn’t call this a bomb, it was enjoyable. “Tully” was a bomb.

  • Jerod SDecember 12, 2018Reply

    Reese is great. But she’s almost too perfect in this hard to believe light drama where 3 young guys move in, her hubby comes back to reconcile and she suddenly finds herself.

  • Inge JFebruary 8, 2019Reply

    Super predictable, but very enjoyable watch nevertheless.

  • Danielle RMarch 2, 2019Reply

    Not bad at all. Different sort of ending for a romantic comedy. I loved George from the start.

  • AnonymousMarch 28, 2019Reply

    Offers charm and laughs but gives us a premise we have seen many times before!

  • Shelby AApril 8, 2019Reply

    I hesitate to even write this review, mostly because I typically don’t like giving movies any rating lower than a three out of five stars. Why? Because it takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears to make a film. It is a time-consuming process that may or may not pay out in the end. Not to mention, there are very few films I encounter that I think merit less than three stars. I don’t encounter films I don’t like very often.
    “Home Again” just so happens to be one of those films. Reece Witherspoon’s most recent romantic comedy, and the film that was supposed to mark her return to the genre, falls flat in so many different ways. It’s a shame that the filmmakers didn’t recognize the problems the film had while in production. They might have been able to fix this train wreck.
    What makes things worse is “Home Again” had a terrific premise. Alice Kinney (Witherspoon), daughter of famed director Jack Kinney, moves back home to Los Angeles after splitting from her record producer husband Austen Blume (Michael Sheen). After partying hard to celebrate her birthday, she plays host to a trio of men who’ve moved to LA to get a movie made. One of the men, Harry (Pico Alexander) catches her eye but things don’t go exactly as planned, especially as Austen shows up one evening with a suitcase in his hand.
    This film would have been so much better had Alice fallen in love with the sensitive, writer of the trio, George instead of Harry. The chemistry between Witherspoon and Alexander was non-existent and, to be honest, George was the strongest of the three men. His character was intriguing, and I cared more about him than I cared about Harry. Harry was a cardboard cut out and Alexander wasn’t much better. He was easy on the eyes but his acting left little to be desired.
    Witherspoon also lost her luster in this movie. I think a lot of comes down to just how awful the script is. With something good, like “Legally Blonde,” there’s no doubt that she can do great things. This, however, was not something good. In fact, it was cheesy and cliched in a way that romantic comedies have attempted to break from in recent years. The characters were bland, and the plot was flimsy.
    Had “Home Again” decided to focus on the Jack Kinney angle, I think the film would’ve been much better. The movie opens with Alice narrating about her life growing up with her famous father and how he was such a big part of her life, but then the thread gets dropped and it’s only picked up again when George stumbles on Jack’s things, all packed up in boxes in one of Alice’s many empty rooms. She mentions she can’t get rid of the stuff, but that’s the last the audience hears about it. To me, it makes no sense.
    The only, and I do mean only, saving grace of this film is Sheen as Austen. A part of me wishes that he had entered the film as a major player far earlier. Austen is in one scene in the very beginning of the film then comes in fully with about thirty minutes left of the film. There’s very little time for the audience to make assumptions about his character. We’re told he’s a manipulative asshole. What we’re shown is something different.
    Sheen is charming as Austen and looks good in a pair of jeans and that’s about all the motivation I needed to finish this film. Had he not been a part of the cast, I might have turned the movie off halfway through. It was that boring and uninspired, but, again, Sheen made it worth it. He’s always charming and always acts his heart out despite the source material.

  • AnonymousJuly 6, 2019Reply

    Boring. Completely strange from the onset. Lots of “over acting”. This is definitely Reese Witherspoon’s worst film.

  • Aaron AJuly 7, 2019Reply

    Terrible. Just terrible. My wife and i love a good romantic comedy (think The Holiday or Somethings Got To Give) but this movie was sad and dissapointing. Completeling disatisfiing from the beginning to the end.

  • Eileen SJuly 8, 2019Reply

    We almost didn’t watch this film because of the low rotten tomatoes review. I’m so glad that we watched it anyways. It was fun, the acting was great, and the story was believable. Great filming as well. We highly recommend this movie!

  • Nathan FJuly 11, 2019Reply

    I enjoy a good romantic comedy at times… Wasn’t expecting much here, and was right not to because the piece as a whole is just stupid… While watching this you will never feel at home, never mind getting home again!

  • Another VJuly 12, 2019Reply

    It’s a bit odd. Not so much about love as about transition, life changes. Kept me guessing who would be the lucky guy who wins the girl, who is a middle aged mom. Didn’t end how I expected. I was hoping she’d pick Michael Sheen’s character, the kids’ dad, although the other guys were ok. Who DID she end up with?

    Having everyone sitting around the table getting along was just weird. But I guess it could be that way. Sure. I suppose, I’ve seen weird things happen before, enemies getting along, finding peace. Sure.

  • Lori BJuly 15, 2019Reply

    Lousy movie. What a waist of time. Vanity project for Reese Witherspoon who must have enjoyed having all those young guys falling for her. She needs to accept she’s not a kid anymore. Having guys young enough to be your son fall in love does not make you look younger. It makes you look pathetic.

  • Jenna MOctober 5, 2019Reply

    This movie refreshingly reminds of us the importance of love that we can learn from strangers in our lives, in this increasingly becoming individualistic society.

  • Janean GOctober 28, 2019Reply

    This was so funny I thought I was going to build abs. Reese Witherspoon killed it!

  • Nathan LOctober 31, 2019Reply

    Home Again is funny that it’ll make you laugh

  • Lara TNovember 12, 2019Reply

    I really loved this movie. It ispired me to keep going and see what the future has hold for me.

  • Leonardo LNovember 26, 2019Reply

    It does have some, I mean a lot, of problems. Yet, somehow it offers a unique perspective on how weird families can be.

  • Jamie VJanuary 4, 2020Reply

    As cheesy and predictable as rom coms get.

  • Nim TFebruary 24, 2020Reply

    Great vibrant cast, but a choppy and unclear plot which had minimal high points throughout the film. Witherspoon’s work was not bad, but there is not enough attraction to the audience about her character’s life, such as what happened to her job then.

  • JIM BMarch 22, 2020Reply

    Enjoyed the interaction of the 2 male characters with the kids. Did not like Reese kissing and boinking the young dude. The fight between the husband and one of the male guests was funny, and authentic.

  • AnonymousMarch 23, 2020Reply

    Home Again is a pretty decent romantic comedy. The acting is ok, the child actors are so-so and sometimes the younger one’s lines feel forced and scripted. The children’s performances almost felt like I was watching a commercial on tv. The story is basic, but the characters are likable and it was pretty entertaining. The cinematography and editing is fine, nothing new and unique but nothing bad. Overall, Home Again is a typical romantic comedy, but it is entertaining and I recommend it to people who like that type of movie.

  • Miss MApril 26, 2020Reply

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  • Stephen SJanuary 5, 2021Reply

    Was a really cute movie.

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