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OUT 29 SEPTEM­BER / CERT 12A / 97 MINS DI­REC­TOR Hal­lie Meyes-shyer CAST Reese Wither­spoon, Lake Bell, Michael Sheen, Nat Wolff, Candice Bergen, Pico Alexander, Jon Rud­nit­sky

THERE’S A SOLID rom­com core to this Reese Wither­spoon ve­hi­cle, but it gives it­self too many sto­ries to tell and winds up giv­ing none of them suf­fi­cient space to de­velop. Wither­spoon is Alice, a sin­gle mum who, via some drunken shenani­gans at her 40th birth­day, winds up invit­ing three as­pir­ing film­mak­ers to stay with her. The pos­si­bil­i­ties of that are promis­ing, par­tic­u­larly with two of the three vy­ing for Alice’s af­fec­tions, but too many sub-plots — the guys try­ing to make their film and pur­sue solo ca­reers; an ex-hus­band who won’t back off; Alice’s at­tempt to start a new ca­reer — over­crowd it. Wither­spoon de­served bet­ter for her re­turn to ro­man­tic com­edy.

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