Home Again

Ro­man­tic com­edy. With Reese Wither­spoon, Candice Ber­gen and Michael Sheen. Di­rec­tor: Hallie Mey­ers-Shyer. PG13

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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.

Reese Wither­spoon and Candice Ber­gen in Home Again.

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