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The best way to describe Home Again is as a Romantic Mom-edy (a combination of romance, mom and comedy).
Life takes you through ups, downs and a lot in between the two. Home Again showcases a little bit of each point and the in-between. Reese Witherspoon’s Alice Kinney is going through a separation. She decides to move back to the home in which she was raised, along with her kids, to the west coast, leaving her husband in New York. The movie starts on her 40th birthday, which makes her think back to her father, an Oscar-winning director from the 70’s, who married her mother, an ex-actress, Candice Bergen, a lead from one of his movies. Her late father’s house is HUGE, has a pool, courtyard and also a nice sized guest house. She drops off her daughters at school, even though they get out of the car reluctantly. She then heads to lunch with friends. She plans a night out with the ladies to celebrate her birthday.
It is during the celebrating that she meets three cash-strapped filmmakers/actors (Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky and Pico Alexander; Teddy, George & Harry)). The trio are going through hard times, just been kicked out of the hotel they were living in but received good news that someone was interested in their short film. They are also celebrating at the same place that Kinney and her friends are. Alice and Harry hit it up and almost end up sleeping together, but Harry drinks a little too much and the after effects hit him in bed. When Alice wakes up to do her normal motherly duties, she realizes that more than Harry came to the house! She rushes to clean and the door is opened by her daughters and mother. Alice has a meeting to go to for a potential client, so she takes the kids to school and heads to the meeting. Her mom stays behind talking to the trio of young men, volunteering Alice’s newly inherited guest house as a place for them to stay while they procure funds for their film.
The guys endear themselves to Alice’s daughters and Alice as well as vice-versa. The young men help the daughters overcome fears and anxieties in performing on stage, writing a story, fixing things that need fixing in the house and generally filling roles that a husband would do if he were around. Alice’s mother (Bergen) loves them, telling the guys stories of her ex-husband’s films and her roles in them and other movies.
The plot twist here is that the ex-husband decides to surprise Alice unannounced at the worst possible time. The husband doesn’t like the fact that there are other men around his daughters, but only recognizes so after he has been absent from their daily life for a while.
Yes, most of the movie is cliche. What makes it different is the way the story is told and the trio of young men filling the role of a husband.
Personally, I give Home Again a B+
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has announced the home release info (Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD) for the Reese Witherspoon-led Home Again!
Smart and oozing with charm, the film takes viewers on a heart-warming journey of laughter, emotion, and self-discovery as Witherspoon navigates life as a newly single mother of two. The perfect holiday gift for romantic comedy fans of all ages,Home Again on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital features a bonus commentary with the director and the producer of the film, taking viewers even deeper into the heartfelt story.
Produced by Nancy Meyers, who brought us beloved films including Something’s Gotta Give, The Holiday, and The Intern, Home Again is filled with a talented ensemble cast including Michael Sheen (Midnight in Paris), Lake Bell (What Happens In Vegas), Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Pico Alexander (A Most Violent Year), Jon Rudnitsky (“Saturday Night Live”) and Candice Bergen (Miss Congeniality).
Reese Witherspoon, Lake Bell, Michael Sheen, Nat Wolff, Candice Bergen, Lola Flanery, Pico Alexander, Eden Grae Redfield, Reid Scott, P.J. Byrne, Jen Kirkman, Jon Rudnitsky, Robb Derringer, Paige Spara, Gaylinn Dean,
HOME AGAIN stars Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies,” Wild, Walk The Line, Sweet Home Alabama) as Alice Kinney in a modern romantic comedy. Recently separated from her husband, (Michael Sheen), Alice 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.
- Feature Commentary with writer/director Hallie Meyers-Shyer and producer Nancy Meyers
Home Again will be released on Digital HD TODAY and on Blu-Ray/DVD TOMORROW, December 12th! For more information, visit the website HERE
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