Romantic comedy. With Reese Witherspoon, Candice Bergen and Michael Sheen. Director: Hallie Meyers-Shyer. PG13
NEWLY SEPARATED mom of two Alice (Witherspoon) is adjusting to being a single parent as well as dealing with a new job, turning 40 and being single again. She’s also just moved back to her home city of Los Angeles where her dad had been a successful filmmaker and her mom, Lily (Bergen), his muse and leading lady.
The last thing Alice wants is a man, but a chance encounter in a restaurant leads to three of them entering her life at the same time.
The young wannabes – actor Teddy (Nat Wolff), writer George ( Jon Rudnitsky) and producer Harry (Pico Alexander) – end up moving in with Alice and her daughters, while trying to break into the tough film industry.
Watching her director mom Nancy Meyers’ work over the years has stood Hallie Meyers-Shyer in good stead (Nancy helmed romcoms It’s Complicated and Something’s Gotta Give). In this directorial debut she hits just the right notes, never allowing the film to become overly contrived and implausible.
The novice cast, backed by acting stalwarts Witherspoon, Sheen and Bergen, do a superb job of keeping the film credible and believable. If you’re after a heart-warming, feel-good film, this one’s not to be missed.
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