Sin­gle­ton’s tre­ble chance

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OUT NOW... HOME AGAIN (12A)

Beau­ti­ful, rich peo­ple with adorable offspring try to con­vince us that be­ing sin­gle is the end of their priv­i­leged worlds – boo hoo! – in first-time 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 fan­tasy about a re­cently sep­a­rated wife, with three po­ten­tial suit­ors. “I’m the id­iot who is dealt a win­ning hand and still man­aged to lose,” grum­bles the hero­ine’s es­tranged hus­band when he ac­knowl­edges every­thing he let slip through his fin­gers. He’s not jok­ing - his queen of hearts, a su­per­woman from Hol­ly­wood roy­alty, cheer­fully chauf­feurs the kids to school, cooks nu­tri­tious meals, runs an in­te­rior de­sign busi­ness, cleans her sprawl­ing Los An­ge­les res­i­dence with­out break­ing a sweat, and still finds time to look ex­pertly coiffed and styled from the mo­ment she wakes. Perky home­maker Alice Kin­ney (Reese Wither­spoon), whose marriage to mu­sic ex­ec­u­tive Austen (Michael Sheen) has bro­ken down, re­lo­cates to Los An­ge­les where a trio of as­pir­ing twen­tysome­thing film­mak­ers - Harry (Pico Alexan­der, pic­tured with Wither­spoon), Ge­orge (Jon Rud­nit­sky) and Teddy (Nat Wolff) - en­ter her world.

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