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The preposterous rom-com Home Again is basically a Pottery Barn catalog brought to life

click to enlarge Home Again is brought to you by white privilege and L.L. Bean.
  • Home Again is brought to you by white privilege and L.L. Bean.

Alice Kinney spends the morning of her 40th birthday crying in the bathroom. Of course she does — that's what women do — and Alice (Reese Witherspoon) has so much to be sad about. She lives in a big, beautiful house in sunny Los Angeles that once belonged to her now-deceased film-director father, who was a super-genius, enormously popular and won Oscars and everything. She doesn't have to work (see: wealthy dead dad), but she's embarking on the latest in her long line of rich-white-girl hobbies-turned-careers anyway: She's gonna try to be an interior decorator this time. What fun!

Wait — what does she have to cry about again? Well, OK, she's separated from her husband (Michael Sheen), but she's totally chill with that. Her two young daughters, 6-ish Rosie (Eden Grace Redfield) and 11-year-old Isabel (Lola Flanery), are doing OK. In fact, Alice is living so much in a fantasy world that bears absolutely no resemblance to reality that she's completely comfortable inviting three 20-something wannabe filmmaker bros she literally just met to come stay in her guest house for a while.

Also, she has a guest house.

Home Again is the sort of movie that steadfastly refuses to set limits on itself. If it's going to be preposterous, it's not going to splash around in the kiddie pool. It's going deep-sea diving. This is not a rom-com about how it's actually really great and perfectly normal if a 40-something chick like Alice is hooking up with a much younger man, who also happens to find her incredibly sexy. (I mean, she's Reese Witherspoon. Her sexiness is not in question. Also: younger men and older women get together all the time. It's not reality's fault if Hollywood doesn't generally like to acknowledge it.)

This is going to be a movie about how Alice's new squeeze, 27-year-old aspiring Hollywood director Harry (Pico Alexander), will not just move into her guest house with his wannabe screenwriter (Jon Rudnitsky) and wannabe actor (Nat Wolff) pals: They will take over her household and her life, cooking random dinners for everyone, babysitting the kids and arranging for thoughtful surprises all around.

The big "romantic" moment involves Harry fixing a loose door on one of Alice's kitchen cabinets, which causes her to swoon. It's ridiculous. It's like a parody of bad porn, except it's soft-focus and everything fades to black before we get to the sex. It's straight-up creepy and screamingly inappropriate, and everyone acts like it's normal.

It's one thing for a movie to showcase the don't-amount-to-a-hill-of-beans problems of privileged, wealthy white people. Nancy Meyers, for instance, has practically created an entire subgenre of movies that look like they take place in a Pottery Barn catalog. But Home Again isn't even relatable in that aspirational way of Pottery Barn, or of Diane Keaton moping around a $50,000 kitchen in cashmere. This is more like a cheap magazine shoot — one that's overly lit, like a bad sitcom — about laid-back Hollywood lifestyles that even laid-back Hollywood people would scoff at. It's Nancy Meyers lite. Very, very lite.

So perhaps it won't come as a shock to learn that this film was written and directed by Meyers' daughter, Hallie Meyers-Shyer, making her filmmaking debut, because Hollywood nepotism is a powerful thing. The entirety of her prior "career" in movies consists of a handful of roles — such as "Girl at Lunch Counter" and "Girl in Barn" — in her parents' films (her father is director Charles Shyer, who also makes Pottery Barn-esque movies like Father of the Bride). The rich-white-girl-hobby-turned-career nonsense might be the only plausible factor at play here. ♦

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Home Again
Rated PG-13 · 97 minutes · 2017
Official Site: homeagain-movie.com
Director: Hallie Meyers-Shyer
Producer: Nancy Meyers, Erika Olde and Jeremiah Samuels
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen, Lake Bell, Eden Redfield, Reid Scott, P.J. Byrne, Lola Flanery, Dolly Wells, Robb Derringer, Michael Creighton, Hank Chen and Paige Spara

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