PG-13 Dir: Hallie Meyers-Shyer | Universal | 1h 37min
Plot: What’s it about?
I have to wonder what exactly attracted Reese Witherspoon to the Home Again script. While she isn’t exactly the biggest box office draw, or even best actress out there, surely there was a better script to choose from than this. Witherspoon is fine in the role, but the film really just sits there never amounting to much of anything. These days when the market is flooded with endless remakes and superhero flicks, it can be nice to find something that’s fresh and a different change of pace. Unfortunately, Home Again isn’t that film. It’s neither romantic nor funny and while the acting is fine, we care so little about the characters.
Alice Kinney (Witherspoon) has just turned 40 and her life is in sort of in disarray. She has 2 young girls and is recently separated. She moves to Los Angeles where her ultimate goal is to start her own interior design business. On the flipside, we’re introduced to three young men named Harry (Pico Alexander), Teddy (Nat Wolff) and George (Joe Rudnitsky). The three of them all hope to make a movie and we see them having a meeting about their script and finding the right producer. Honestly, their story is actually interesting, but it’s not the biggest focus of this film. In fact, I would’ve preferred to see that plot point just be the whole film and forget the stuff with Alice. Eventually their path crosses with Alice and before long, they move into her house. Things become a bit complicated as they often do in these sort of films, but I just couldn’t bring myself to care much about any of it. Alice’s husband, Austen (Michael Sheen) who she recently separated from shows up as well. If I had cared more about the characters, I might have cared more about the outcome, but unfortunately that wasn’t meant to be.
Home Again just feels all wrong. It’s rather weird that Alice would be so willing to let three strangers stay at her house, especially with two young daughters present. Even if the guys all seem nice, it just rings false. It doesn’t help that the characters feel more like sitcom characters than actual people. The whole thing just rubbed me the wrong way and left a bad taste in my mouth. For all the talent on screen, they needed to find a better script for their efforts.
Video: How’s it look?
The film might be lousy, but it at least looks great in HD. The California background lends itself to some very nice visuals. There are countless background images that are very well presented here with rich, deep colors. The transfer is also free of print flaws or other issues. The image is AVC encoded with a 1.85:1 ratio.
Audio: How’s it sound?
The DTS HD track is just ok, but this isn’t a film that lends itself to a bombastic track by any stretch of the imagination. Vocals are fine and clear and we get some background banter and loud music in a few scenes. This track serves the film as it should.
Supplements: What are the extras?
- Audio Commentary – Director Hallie Meyers-Shyer and producer Nancy Myers team up for a “girl power” commentary track. Honestly I didn’t have a lot of interest in this, but for fans who did enjoy the movie this will give you more of the same.
The Bottom Line
There have been worse romantic comedies than Home Again, but few that just feel so lifeless. The cast is fine, but there’s nothing here for them to do. Instead, the film just sits there until the end credits roll. Skip it.