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WHAT­EVER THEY SAY, REESE IS THE WORD, US, 97 MIN

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - EYE | MOVIES -

If you’re com­ing to the new Reese Wither­spoon movie by way of her re­cent TV tri­umph Big Lit­tle Lies, just be aware they could not be more dif­fer­ent. All they share in com­mon are scenes where Reese drops the kids at school in an ex­pen­sive SUV. Nah, this is ea­ger-to-please (and even more ea­ger not to of­fend) es­capism de­pict­ing a sit­u­a­tion in­cred­i­bly hard to be­lieve, yet very easy to sit back and take in. This is where the proven work ethic and en­dear­ing pres­ence of Wither­spoon comes pal­pa­bly into play here. She stars as Alice, a newly sep­a­rated mother of two who has moved back to her home town of LA, and into the lav­ish house of her late fa­ther, a fa­mous direc­tor. After a big night be­moan­ing turn­ing 40, Alice takes in three young as­pir­ing film­mak­ers as lodgers. Wouldn’t you just know it? The com­bined traits of this well-be­haved pack of guy-candy amount to ev­ery­thing her ex­hus­band (Michael Sheen) should have been. Co-stars Candice Ber­gen.

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