Home Again

Jackie Raphael

2.5 stars

I expected a quality romantic comedy from Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon on the back of the Emmy award-winning Big Little Lies, but Home Again was a let down. The film is about Alice Kinney (Witherspoon), who has recently separated from her husband Austen (Michael Sheen) and decides to start over by moving back to Los Angeles with her two daughters. While celebrating her 40th birthday, Alice meets young, homeless filmmakers Harry (Pico Alexander), George (Job Rudnitsky) and Teddy (Nat Wolf), and agrees to let them stay temporarily at her pool house. Writer/director Hallie Meyeres-Shyer has essentially created a bad film version of Full House. The premise had potential, but unlike Full House, the three men who move in and become quasi co-parents do not really have a proper reason behind each of their actions throughout the film. While Harry and George have semi-structured characters, Teddy seems to have been thrown into the plot without any personality or individual story line. The supposedly romantic "cupboard" scene is cringe-worthy and lame with a terrible transition, while the climactic fight between two characters lacks logic. There is also a Hallmark film style ending with a scene that drags out. While Home Again was still fun to watch, it was unfulfilling.