HOME AGAIN

(12A, 97 mins)

Cynon Valley - - SCREENSHOTS -

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.

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