Newly single Alice (Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde, Walk the Line) moves back home to Los Angeles with her two daughters, and whilst adjusting to her new life she finds herself inviting three young guys who are struggling to break into the film industry to live in her guesthouse. There are two narratives in this film, Alice as she attempts to find herself again, and the three guys, brothers Harry (Pico Alexander) and Teddy (Nat Wolff) and their friend George (Jon Rudnitsky) who are on the path to getting their film created. When the lads move in with Alice the two narratives entwine creating laughter as well as some emotional and moving scenes.
I love Reese Witherspoon, she has starred in so many brilliant films of all genres but here she goes back to her rom-com roots, a role that she is so great at! Reese has a natural talent when it comes to comedy and there are plenty of scenes which will make you laugh out loud. She also has a way of making you instantly love her characters, and Alice is no exception. It is clear from the beginning that Alice is struggling as a single mum settling her girls into a new school whilst at the same time getting her business up and running. When she meets the lads the age gap between them gives plenty of comedy as Alice attempts to hide her age but can’t resist the mothering instincts towards them!
The three lads themselves also have very lovable characters, the relationship between them is sweet and you find yourself feeling every moment of their roller-coaster as they desperately work to get their film recognised. Pico Alexander as Harry brings the eye-candy, there’s no denying his good looks, and his infatuation with Alice is completely believable – at forty one Reese still looks incredible! Nat Wolff is perfect as the youngest of the three, it’s clear that Teddy looks up to the other two and values their advice but he is often caught in the middle trying to clear the air as Harry and George differ when it comes to professional decisions. George is the calmest of the three and is the one Alice turns to the most for help and advice. Jon Rudnitsky (a stand up comic in America) knows all about comedic timings and so helps execute a lot of the jokes.
Overall, Home Again hasn’t had many good reviews – and so we went in with very low expectations – however, it’s actually a really lovely film. The narrative is simple but it’s filled with so many lovely feel good moments. Every character is played brilliantly from the supporting cast – including Michael Sheen (Passengers, Underworld), Candice Bergen (Miss Congeniality, House) and Dolly Wells (Bridget Jones’ Diary) – to the main four. There hasn’t been a light-hearted romantic movie for a while, so it was nice to just sit back and enjoy a simple film with the girls. It’s definitely one you can enjoy over and again, it’s a shame that it hasn’t had much publicity over here so unfortunately a lot of people are missing out on what is a really enjoyable film!