Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her.
God I miss the romcom genre SO DAMN MUCH and I am not ashamed to admit it. If the only new films produced from now until the end of days were romcoms with Sandra Bullock or Reese Witherspoon in the female lead I would probably die a happy person. As it is, it’s a dying genre that is only given new blood on the Hallmark channel (a topic for another post …). Therefore, it is quite surprising that a successful actress like Reese Witherspoon, who can pick and choose what projects she does now, decided to do Home Again, the nearest thing to a romcom that Hollywood is producing nowadays.
Don’t get me wrong, I am glad she did it and I lapped it all up despite the fact that I couldn’t help but be aware of the panning that reviewers out there gave this film. I enjoyed it and would happily watch it again. It’s relatively light on the romance (and bold move having that arc end with the way it does leaving the HEA-seekers disappointed but ultimately unable to argue that it was for the best) with the focus on the family and friendship angle.
I greatly enjoyed Candice Bergen opposite Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama and definitely felt she was underused in Home Again. Michael Sheen nailed the ex-husband who you couldn’t help but like despite knowing that you shouldn’t root for him. The weakest part of the film was the arc about Alice’s career as an interior designer which never appeared to go anywhere – I’m going to give the scriptwriters the benefit of the doubt on this and see it as a conscious decision to convey the message that whether you’re 40 or 27, you can still be at the very start of your career.
Ultimately though this film is about Alice the single Mum and her relationship with the three young guys, and in turn their relationship with her two daughters. I loved the different dynamics between them all and am exceedingly jealous that Alice had all the luck in the world to run into three of the nicest, sweetest twenty year-old guys in the whole of America.
It was heartwarming and cute and everything you would expect from a Nancy Meyers film with the added bonus that it didn’t try too hard for cheap laughs.