Just lots to criticise while it plays out somewhat enjoyably
Albeit after a particularly whiny opening section, Reece Witherspoon is the glue that holds Home Again together. With a vast number of characters holding significant roles, the majority appear bland and uneventful, but Witherspoon manages to shine through the crowd. They just about work as a charming group, but there are individual struggles to keep interest going in scenes without Witherspoon.
Home Again tracks Alice Kinney (Reece Witherspoon) daughter of a late film director and single mum of two, who invites three young friends to live in her guesthouse after a drunken night out. They soon become part of the family as their prowess for screenwriting, acting and directing gives them something they can all relate to.
The story itself is severely lacking in encouraging themes and ideas. Showing off just how bland rom-coms often are. In fact, the three young men who move in with Alice are determined to deny anyone creative input into their film, something Home Again should have welcomed upon itself. It’s a parallel that the film needed to avoid at all costs, yet made its key motive.
Despite all of this, there is a certain charm running throughout. It’s violently cheesy with a wooden script and a glossy, overproduced style, but there is a weird glimmer that can’t help but be avoided, giving some relief from the predictably bland moments.
It’s a film with a heart and a plan, but generally, it’s a poor piece of filmmaking with shabbily filled cracks. There’s nothing to hate but nothing to love, just lots to criticise while it plays out somewhat enjoyably.