Witherspoon is back again

Reese Witherspoon’s new rom-com had some people wishing they were also home again … from the theatre. Although this movie would not be everyone’s first choice of movie, it was one of the first in its genre to ditch the typical boy-meets-girl plot.

Newly separated from her husband, Alice Kinney, played by Reese Witherspoon, returns to her childhood home in Los Angeles; bringing her two exuberant daughters, her witty jokes and her lively personality.

The bubbly character celebrates her 40th birthday with a bang. After having a bit too much to drink, she decides to let three very attractive, twenty-something-year-old males, crash at her place while they finish their short film.

‘Home Again’s cast is studded with stars such as Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen and Nat Wolff.

Alice, her two daughters, and the three men sharing one house makes for an unusual, and very unlikely, living arrangement. The situation seems a bit forced, but it’s a screenwriter’s gold mine for witty humor and heartwarming relationships.

Unique bonds begin to form between the young men and the children, which promote new opportunities for both parties. While these relationships form, a romantic relationship begins between Alice and one of the men, which allows the movie to fulfill the romantic side of the rom-com.

The movie did a good job of conveying the importance of healthy relationships with family and friends in a way that was witty, charming and heartwarming. It was definitely a tear-jerker, especially during scenes including the friendships between the daughters and the men.

On paper, the situation is perfect. Everyone is able to learn more about themselves and their new found roommates, while having fun. What could go wrong?

Apparently, lots of things can go wrong.

When Alice’s ex-husband arrives at their home unexpectedly, everyone is shocked and unsure of what this means for their current housing situation.

Classic rom-coms such as Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You just aren’t the same without their cheesy romances and jokes. Home Again is no exception. However, these cheesy moments just add to the character of the movie and help to make it more funny and engaging.

Home Again was produced by Nancy Myers, who also produced and directed The Parent Trap, Something’s Gotta Give, and The Intern. So there’s no surprise she produced another great film such as this one filled with an hour-and-a-half of perfectly timed jokes, charming characters and just the right amount of romance.

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