For sure, she has her fans but Reese Witherspoon is never struck me as much as an actress. I liked her in Legally Blonde (2003) but like Jennifer Garner or Rachel Harris, Witherspoon always has had a “mom role” vibe to her. She likable but doesn’t bring much else to the table as an actress. Witherspoon plays a “mom role ” and then some in the new and odd romantic comedy Home Again.
In this unbelievable and unnatural plot, three struggling filmmakers in Los Angles Harry (Pico Alexander), Teddy (Nat Wolff) and Geroge (Jon Rudnitsky) all find their way into mother Alice Kinney (Reese Witherspoon) house. Alice father was a famous filmmaker in the 70’s and she forms a bond between the group along with a romantic relationship with Harry. A relationship film while along the way about Los Angeles culture.
It should be noted right away what sane mother would be allowing their kids around three strangers and letting them live in her house after not much interaction? Surely you could find a hotel for these guys even if it’s likely expensive being in Los Angeles. As for the three strangers themselves, they are uninspiring characters. It’s your typical Witherspoon performance and her character relationship with Harry never seems more than a one-night stand and you have so many unbelievable scenes between them even if they have chemistry together. Jon Rudnitsky career has just been SNL and it shows; his acting is an issue through most scenes though he seems to be the only caring and likable character. Nat Wolff seems like a nice guy and he’s made the most after the awful Naked Brothers Band TV show but in this, he can’t do anything with his bland character. Even more of unbelievableness is found between Alice and her ex-husband Austen (Micheal Sheen), a character here to just add more drama. The most useless character out of all of them is Zoey (Lake Bell), Alice’s client who disappears once the third act starts and has no bearing on the film plot.
Once it’s predictable third act ends and ending dealing with a school play (I never have seen that before), Home Again doesn’t have an answer as to what it is. Is this meant to be a character study on Alice and how to be a mother who’s trying to find herself? Could this really be the struggle of living and finding yourself in Los Angeles? If you’re a single guy like Harry, is this really how you find an older woman as awkward as it seems? Home Again has literally no direction nor answers for the audience.
Surely, it’s watchable again but this is TV script. It could easily have fallen into the dreadful August release season if it wanted to.