There’s some­thing about Nancy

Nancy Mey­ers has been mak­ing movies about women for 30 years, but her lat­est film has a beau­ti­ful twist: it is writ­ten and di­rected by her daugh­ter, Hal­lie Mey­ersshyer. Scar­lett Rus­sell catches up with the duo to talk women on screen and be­hind the lens

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Film­maker Nancy Mey­ers and her daugh­ter talk women in film, plus we sit down with Reese Wither­spoon

No one knows ro­man­tic come­dies like Nancy Mey­ers. Between writ­ing, pro­duc­ing and di­rect­ing cred­its, her films range from Fa­ther Of The Bride I & II, The Par­ent Trap, Baby Boom, Pri­vate Ben­jamin, The Hol­i­day, It’s Com­pli­cated, What

Women Want and The In­tern. They’ve made her, at 67, the most com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful fe­male film­maker in the busi­ness. Her films share sim­i­lar themes – work­ing women, moth­er­hood, age-gap dat­ing, di­vorce – and are told in gen­tle, funny nar­ra­tives, by love­able char­ac­ters with gi­nor­mous kitchens and colour­ful throw cush­ions. This is feel­good sto­ry­telling at its finest. Mey­ers’ lat­est project? Pro­duc­ing Home Again, this time writ­ten and di­rected by her daugh­ter, Hal­lie Mey­ers-shyer, 30. It stars Reese Wither­spoon as a young di­vorcee with two daugh­ters whose life flips into dis­ar­ray when three young, charm­ing and as­pir­ing film­mak­ers move in with her. Like mother, like daugh­ter, it’s a clas­sic Mey­ers-fam­ily movie – and very funny.

Where did the idea for Home Again come from?

Hal­lie: “I no­ticed a lot of women get­ting di­vorced ear­lier in life and I thought [that be­ing] a young di­vorcee was an in­ter­est­ing time in some­one’s life. A friend told me a story about her child­hood where

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