Written/Directed By: Hallie Meyers-Shyer
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Candice Bergen, Michael Sheen, Pico Alexander, Jon Rudnitsky and Nat Wolff.
I am a big fan of rom coms and chick flicks. My family practically has to pull me away from the TV if there’s a new Hallmark movie on, and I’m nearly MIA during the Hallmark Christmas movie season, that’s how much I love a good rom com and chick flick.
These days movie theaters are packed with violence and sci-fi movies, and my family saves hundreds of dollars on popcorn, soda, and candy because I just can’t tolerate them. So, when I saw the trailer for Home Again, you can bet I was super excited to hit the theater the day it was released.
I just wish I didn’t cringe the whole way through the movie, but I did.
In my self-professed professional, highly judgmental opinion, what Hallie Meyers-Shyer attempted to write, and then direct, was a funny, endearing, modern day ‘woman can have it all’ rom com, but she completely missed the mark.
What she wrote, and then directed, instead was flat, superficial, lacked substance and real plot and completely cringe-worthy.
Most rom coms have a main character we can all, at least at some level, relate to, right?
Alice, Reese Witherspoon’s character, is the daughter of Hollywood royalty, recently separated (from a NYC music executive by the way), just turned 40, moved back to her Hollywood home, started a new career, and instead of feeling any true angst, just seems to have it all together. Yes, the opening scene is of her crying, presumably because she’s just turned 40, though we’re never really sure if that’s the reason, but, we never really see anything exactly wrong with her life. She’s even got a group of friends and yoga classes set up at her house already.
AT HER HOUSE.
It’s not that I don’t like the character, but there’s not a whole lot about her I feel I can identify with, you know?
Her friends take her out for her birthday, and they meet three young, and I mean, young, as in under thirty, boys, proceed to get smashed, bring them back to her house, drink some more, and one thing leads to another…
Fast-forward, Alice has allowed the boys to move in, interact with her young daughters, and become a part of her life.
Because, you know, that’s what we’d all do, right? Let three strange young men live with us, and our young daughters.
I don’t want to spoil the plot for anyone, so I won’t continue with the details, but let me just say this:
I’m all for suspending reality. In fact, suspending reality is why I read, and why I watch movies, but there has to be a good story, something to draw me into it, and strong character development. For me, this movie lacked all of that. I found the characters to be icky, I don’t think any of them learned anything, none of them grew, they did not earn their rewards, nor did they have reasons to become better people in the end. The resolutions to their storylines, what little storylines there were, were slim at best, and the rom part of the rom com grossed me out. The main male character was the kind of guy I’d laugh at because he was fake and sleazy, and he’d be the guy I’d mark as full of crap immediately upon meeting.
Because we get a rom com now on the big screen, what, every four to five years, I’m very disappointed in this one. I wasted nearly $100 seeing this thing when I could have waited for it to show up on On Demand.