Date night anyone?
Written by Max Newman
The daughter of a famous director (Reese Witherspoon) finds herself in over her head juggling a new romance, defining the future relationship with her separated spouse, and the responsibilities of motherhood in what may be one of the better rom-coms of the year. The premise is a bit outlandish, but it’s Hollywood, baby!
Three aspiring Hollywood types (Nat Wolff, Pico Alexander, Jon Rudnitsky) serendipitously fall into her lap in mutually beneficial ways. It’s a bit too neat the way everything goes down; but if you’re nitpicking like that you must be a rom-com noob or writing for a website. Perhaps one named after a delicious Tex-Mex food.
With touching moments interspersed between light-hearted laughs, Home Again is a winner. The strong performances overshadowed Reese Witherspoon’s in this one. I particularly enjoyed Candace Bergen as her mother and Michael Sheen as her estranged husband.
I also didn’t enjoy a few directorial points. It clearly panders to the upper 20s-mid 40s audience with the adulting scenarios, music (do they still play LMFAO in trendy Hollywood clubs?), as well as the cougar trend (younger handyman fantasy, anyone?). Still, Home Again is worth the money and a good date movie.