Home Again DVD Reviewed By Jarred Tito

The Premise
Reese Witherspoon stars in Home Again, a romantic comedy about a single mum whose new life in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she takes in three unlikely houseguests, struggles to re-invent her career, and finds herself entangled in a new relationship. From the producer of The Holiday, The Intern and It’s Complicated, Home Again is a funny, uplifting story of love, friendship, the families we create, and one very big life lesson: Starting over is not for beginners.

The Review
A classic American romantic-comedy that will tug, poke and pull at all of your emotional sensors. Although the story line is somewhat predictable, in the sense that everything has a way of working its way out for good, there are still many occasions to enjoy a satisfying laugh, a heart-scratched cry and the sobering echo of a reality, along the way. Having said that, this is not a tear jerker nor is it an outrageous shock-fest comedy. Home Again is more of a middle of the road, light hearted feel good story that carries a teaspoon of ‘reality’ for the budding film-makers and a pinch of hope for those experiencing a marriage break or a separation.

Nat Wolff, Pico Alexander and Jon Rudnitsky play the roles of three young film makers who are trying to get a break in L.A. They fortuitously make an acquaintance with Reese Witherspoon who is playing a recently separated 40-year-old who is trying to get her life in order. The three guys actually are funny in this film. They work well together and make up a large part of the narrative. I had flash-backs of the 1980s classic Rom/Com, ‘Three Men and A Baby’ at times, which is a credit to both the writer, director and actors alike. Their comic timing is clever and deserves noting.
    
Lake Bell, who plays an uptight millionaires housewife is hilarious in her role. She is a scene stealer and was perfect in her part. Her and Witherspoon complement each other perfectly. Witherspoon plays the victim well and Bell is the perfect thoughtless antagonist. I would have liked to have seen more of them together in the movie.

Michael Sheen, best known on the big screen for his role as Frost, also adds a good touch of antagonism to the plot as he plays the absent husband and father of Witherspoon’s on-screen children. One actor that I haven’t seen on the screen for a while, at home or in the theatre for quite some time is Candice Bergen. She plays the slightly let of center mother to Witherspoon’s character. She is now beginning to show her age, which is expected considering she is into her 70s now. However, she’s still possesses that special X-factor which makes her very watchable and entertaining.

The Verdict
Home Again is an entertaining film that has just enough of everything that you would want from a rom/com. It’s not strictly a romance as there are too many other stories competing at an equal level, but it is definitely a ‘feel-good.’ I enjoyed watching this and I’m sure you will too. 

The Trailer


The Info
DVD Releases:31st January 2018
Rating:
 M – Contains offensive language
Duration: 97 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Nat Wolff, Lake Bell
Director: Hallie Meyers-Shyer (Debut Feature Film)

The Extras
Producer Nancy Meyers, mother of writer/director Hallie Meyers-Sheyer, originally offered Witherspoon the lead in The Intern, which she turned down. Meyers played a big role in getting this script in Witherspoon's hands.

Both Reese Witherspoon and Candice Bergen were previously in "Sweet Home Alabama" together.

Rose Byrne was once attached to star.

Lake Bell and Nat Wolff both previously collaborated in films by Nancy Meyers, producer on this film, in It's Complicated and The Intern, respectively.