HOME AGAIN (M)
WHATEVER THEY SAY, REESE IS THE WORD, US, 97 MIN
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.