Lightning Review: Home Again

Home Again movie posterSynopsis
Alice (Reese Witherpoon), a recently divorced, single mother, moves into her childhood home in Los Angeles. After meeting Harry (Pico Alexander), Teddy (Nat Wolff) and George (Jon Rudnitsky), she lets the three filmmakers live in her home while they try to get their big break, causing her life to take an unexpected turn.

Review
I don’t normally see films like Home Again in the theaters but I found myself in a theater-going dry spell of sorts and my mom was visiting and we hadn’t seen a movie together in a while so I figured why not. For a romantic comedy, this movie didn’t lean too heavily on either. There are the romance parts and there are comedy parts but neither completely overtake the film. First-time writer/director Hallie Meyers-Shyer has a story about Alice she wants to tell and she uses the romance and the comedy to tell it, however, they never become the central focus. And it never becomes over-the-top or way out-there and never resorts to a cheap laugh. Every comedy moment feels natural and genuinely funny. You might need to suspend some disbelief but this is a movie we’re talking about here! That pretty much comes with the territory, regardless of genre.

I wouldn’t call Reese Witherspoon one of my favorite actresses but I do generally enjoy her movies that I’ve seen. This seems like a very typical fair for her but she is as charming as ever. As for the rest of the cast, I am mostly unfamiliar with them, so I can’t compare their performances to what they’ve done before. Although, I can say that in Home Again, I thought they all did very well. The three filmmakers who move in with Alice, Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff, and Jon Rudnitsky, were fun and believable together. They felt like actual friends and seemed like they were having a good time together. Some of my favorite scenes were the ones with Rudnitsky and Lola Flanery, playing Alice’s oldest daughter. Together, they had many playful and heartwarming scenes.

I thought Home Again was GOOD šŸ™‚ Romantic comedies aren’t usually a type of movie I go out of my way to see so I don’t have a ton of experience with the genre. However, I did enjoy the story this film told. Reese Witherspoon and the rest of the cast gave enjoyable performances with some moving and heartfelt moments. I’m sure it’s far from the best rom-com out there but running at about one and a half hours, it never feels tedious and offers a feel-good story.

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Cast & Crew
Hallie Meyers-Shyer ā€“ Director / Writer
John Debney ā€“ Composer

Reese Witherspoon ā€“ Alice Kinney
Pico Alexander ā€“ Harry
Nat Wolff ā€“ Teddy
Jon Rudnitsky ā€“ George
Lola Flanery ā€“ Isabel
Eden Grace Redfield ā€“ Rosie
Michael Sheen ā€“ Austin
Candice Bergen ā€“ Lillian Stewart

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4 thoughts on “Lightning Review: Home Again

  1. Always good to see a film out of the spectrum you’d usually choose. Glad this one turned out enjoyable for you! I like Reese Witherspoon, she’s a good enough actress to make romantic comedies very fun.

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  2. I was very disappointed by this. My main problem is it wasn’t romantic. You had to be so invested in these boys and I wasnt. I just wanted a romance with Reese and I didn’t get it

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    • I can see your point. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed this more than you because that strong romance between her and the boys was not very prominent in the film. I feel that if it had gone into full romance territory, I would not have enjoyed it as much. There was just enough romance to consider it a romantic movie, which is what I liked about it, but not enough to be a solid romantic movie, which is what you didn’t like about it. It sounds like it just comes down to a difference in movie tastes between us.

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