(12A, 97 mins)
BEAUTIFUL, rich people with adorable offspring try to convince us that being single is the end of their privileged worlds in firsttime director Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s romantic comedy.
Home Again is cut from the same luxurious fabric as The Holiday and It’s Complicated, films penned by Nancy Meyers, the director’s proud mother.
Emotional syrup evidently runs in the family because MeyersShyer drizzles gooey sentiment over every frame of her contrived wish-fulfilment fantasy about a recently separated wife (Reese Witherspoon) who stirs the loins of three potential suitors.
Home Again unfolds in an alternate reality where lonely singletons cry perfect tears to a soundtrack of Aretha Franklin, Carole King and Johnny Mathis.
Witherspoon fights whitened tooth and painted nail to make us care about her glamorous single mother but it’s impossible to muster sympathy for a character, who has everything.